A majority of Canadians believe bullying should be considered a crime, according to the findings of an Angus Reid poll released Wednesday, Pink Shirt Day.
The poll revealed 65 per cent of respondents believe bullying should be regarded as a criminal activity, even if no physical violence is involved.
Respondents in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces are more likely to identify bullying as a criminal act, with support reaching 78 per cent. B.C. has the lowest level of support among all provinces, at 55 per cent.
About 20 per cent of Canadians believe bullying should be deemed a crime only when there is physical violence, while six per cent believe bullying is not a crime.
The vast majority of Canadians — 90 per cent — were in favour of a cyber-bullying law similar to one proposed in the United States that would make it a crime to bully someone online.
According to the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day campaign website, a child is bullied in Canada every seven seconds.