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‘Most if not all’ of P.E.I.’s visible minorities have experienced discrimination: survey

one in 10 Prince Edward Islanders have experienced racial discrimination, with seven per cent of residents having been racially discriminated against within the last five years, and five percent having experienced such an incident five years ago or more, according to a survey conducted by Corporate Reasearch Associates.
one in 10 Prince Edward Islanders have experienced racial discrimination, with seven per cent of residents having been racially discriminated against within the last five years, and five percent having experienced such an incident five years ago or more, according to a survey conducted by Corporate Reasearch Associates. - 123RF Stock Photo

Survey highlights: 
• Overall, one in 10 Prince Edward Islanders have experienced racial discrimination, with seven per cent of residents having been racially discriminated against within the last five years, and five percent having experienced such an incident five years ago or more
• The likelihood of experiencing racial discrimination in P.E.I. is similar to that of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, but is slightly lower than that of Nova Scotia
• Across the the Island population, the likelihood of having most recently experienced racial discrimination within the last five years is elevated among residents under 35 years of age

One in 10 Prince Edward Islanders report having experienced racial discrimination in their lifetime, says a survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

To better understand the prevalence in P.E.I., residents were asked when, if at all, they last experienced racial discrimination.

Overall, 12 per cent of Islanders indicated they have been racially discriminated against, with seven per cent having most recently experienced racial discrimination within the last five years.

The CRA survey also found five per cent most recently experienced such an incident five years ago or more, while nine in ten (88 per cent) have never been racially discriminated against.

“While on the surface, the percentage of those who have experienced racial discrimination appears low, it must be remembered that the percentage of visible minorities in Prince Edward Island is also low,” said Don Mills of CRA. “The results suggest, most, if not all, of those in visible minorities have faced some form of racial discrimination in the past.”

Across Atlantic Canada, the likelihood of experiencing racial discrimination in P.E.I. is similar to that of New Brunswick (16 per cent), and Newfoundland and Labrador (13 per cent), but is lower than that of Nova Scotia (22 per cent).

Across the P.E.I. population, residents under 35 are more likely than their older counterparts to have most recently experienced racial discrimination within the last five years.

The results are based on a telephone sample of 291 adult Island residents, conducted from Feb. 2 to 28, with overall results accurate to within plus/minus 5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

To view full release, graphs, and data tables, visit https://cra.ca/newsroom/.

This is the second CRA survey in as many days, with Wednesday's release dealing with sexual harassment.

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