Discrimination lower in Québec than in rest of Canada

Québec, December 15, 2015 – Just under a quarter of the Québec population has experienced discrimination, and this proportion rises to almost a third in the rest of Canada. The gap in favour of Québec is maintained for the following discriminatory categories: ethno-cultural factors, gender, physical appearance, sexual orientation, age, and physical or mental disabilities. These findings were taken from the Coup d’œil sociodémographique bulletin, issue 44, released today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec using the statistical data of Statistics Canada’s 2013 General Social Survey.

Discrimination is more often experienced in work-related situations, either on the job or while applying for a job or promotion, and in the service sector, namely stores, restaurants and banks.

In Québec, 13% of the population reported being discriminated against because of ethno-cultural factors. The proportions regarding gender, age and physical appearance stood at close to 6%, while those for physical or mental disabilities and sexual orientation were at 2% or less.


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