Motion M-103 (2016): Systemic racism and religious discrimination


Motion M103 is a private member’s motion introduced by MP Iqra Khalid in December 2016 and passed on March 23, 2017.

This private member’s motion asked:

  1. the House of Commons to condemn Islamophobia, systemic racism and religious discrimination, and
  2. for the Heritage Committee to study how to reduce and eliminate systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia.

The EFC supports discussions on reducing racism and discrimination on the basis of religion, but was concerned about the use of the term Islamophobia. The term Islamophobia could be defined as hatred against Muslims and anti-Muslim discrimination, or it could include criticism of Islam.

Official Statements

EFC Statement on M103, January 2017

  • M103 is a private member's motion that calls for a study of systemic racism and religious discrimination in Canada. Read the EFC's response.

EFC's Response to the term "Islamophobia", February 2017

  • M103 uses the term "islamophobia," which is vague and undefined in the motion. Read about the EFC's concerns with the use of this term.


M103 Has Passed – Now What? March 2107

Text of Motion M-103

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should:

  1. recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear;
  2. condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and
  3. request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could
    1. develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making,
    2. collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and that the Committee should present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.