In early 2014, several foundations and community partners approached the Environics Institute to explore the possibility of conducting a national survey of Muslims living in Canada.
The Inspirit Foundation was interested in the prospect of participating in a collaborative research process, which would include leaders from Muslim-led organizations, scholars, journalists, and other supporters working towards creating a more inclusive society. We felt hopeful that by joining a wide range of stakeholders, we would be able to avoid harmful stereotypes while executing a comprehensive evidencebased process taking into account the full spectrum of Muslims’ experiences. Over the past two years, we have collaborated closely with the Environics Institute and our valued partners (The Tessellate Institute, the Olive Tree Foundation, Think for Actions, and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation) to develop and conduct The Survey of Muslims in Canada 2016.