There were 17 per cent fewer hate crime incidents reported to police in Canada in 2013 compared with 2012, Statistics Canada reports. But the numbers also reveal that black populations are still the most frequently targeted in hate crimes, and crimes against Muslims rose last year.

Statistics Canada says a total of 1,167 hate crimes were reported to police in 2013. The majority are considered non-violent, "mischief" crimes, such as vandalism, graffiti and other forms of property destruction,

Hate crime motivated by race or ethnicity accounted for 51 per cent of all hate crime incidents. Religious hate crimes accounted for another 28 per cent, while crimes motivated by hatred of sexual orientation accounted for 16 per cent of incidents.

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