ERIC Number: ED202749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Discrimination in Canada: A Survey of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Concerned with Discrimination.
Canadian Human Rights Commission, Ottawa (Ontario). Research and Special Studies Branch.
To identify attitudes of the Canadian public toward discrimination, the Canadian Human Rights Commission surveyed a representative sample of 2,000 Canadians. This document describes the survey, presents highlights, and explains how the survey is being used. The specific purpose of the survey was to provide information on public opinion regarding discriminatory practices based on factors having nothing to do with the activity from which a person is excluded. Five categories of questions were presented to respondents--(1) knowledge, judgments, and attitudes relative to human rights agencies and legislation in Canada, (2) personal knowledge and experience of discriminatory practices, (3) changes in patterns of discrimination, (4) special programs or affirmative action for disadvantaged groups, and (5) the extent of tolerant attitudes. Findings from analysis of responses to questions in these categories indicated that 68% of respondents considered the commissions effective in removing discrimination. The most commonly mentioned grounds on which respondents believed people are discriminated against are race/color, female sex, handicap, disadvantageous social situation, official language, religion, age, and ethnic or national origin. Seven percent of respondents experienced discriminatory exclusion in the past 12 months. The conclusions are that findings from surveys can help agencies such as the Canadian Human Rights Commission anticipate public response to certain initiatives in human rights programs and that similar surveys should be repeated regularly in order to study the evolution of the attitudes of Canadians concerning discrimination. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Human Rights Commission, Ottawa (Ontario). Research and Special Studies Branch.