Toronto police say there has been a 22 per cent increase in hate crimes in the city.
The force says there were 257 hate-motivated incidents in 2021, up from 210 such incidents the year before.
Police say the pandemic and geopolitical events are believed to be contributing factors in the increase.
The force says religion, ethnic or national origin were the dominant motivating factors in the incidents.
It says east and southeast Asian communities were the most targeted.
East and southeast Asian communities were the predominant victims of assaults, followed by the Black community while Jewish and Black communities were the predominant groups targeted for mischief incidents, police said.
Black and LGBTQ communities were the dominant group for being threatened, the force said.