Dr. Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui

Professor, sociologist, and researcher, Sheridan College

An expert on issues relating to immigration, public policy, immigrant/refugee integration, racism, Islamophobia, religious radicalization.


Video Targets Muslim Students

CTV News, March 31, 2017Television

URL: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158829749485179&id=728305178&comment_id=10158843933515179

Staff at an Peel District School Board are being asked to be extra vigilant after a disturbing video surfaced online offering a thousand dollar reward for recordings of Muslim students praying. Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui, researcher on immigration and racism at McMaster University joins us to speak further on this:

Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui speaks with Wendy Mesley about Islamophobia in Canada

CBC|The National, March 31, 2017Television

URL: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/911593539801

Siddiqui, a researcher on immigration and race at Mc Master University discusses anti-Muslim sentiment in Canada and why it can't simply be chalked up to 'the Trump effect'

CBC News|Toronto : 6pm News Interview

CBC News|Toronto, April 12, 2016Television

URL: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2686776997

Researcher Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui told CBC News she finds the numbers in a recent study about skewed boy-girl birth ratio among Indian-born moms "a little bit vague and in need of more clarification."

Muslim youth make house calls in Moose Jaw as national outreach continues

RCI Radio Canada International, March 6, 2017Radio/Podcast

URL: http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/03/06/muslim-youth-make-house-calls-in-moose-jaw-as-national-outreach-continues/

Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui is the senior communications executive for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women CCMW based in Toronto. She is also a Phd candidate at McMaster University. Among her areas of research is the Muslim experience of living in Canada amid this rising tide of Islamophobia. She says many outreach projects have been undertaken, and many more have been initiated since the election of Donald Trump.

Video offering $1K reward for recordings of Muslim students praying ignites fears

CBC News, March 31, 2017Online

URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/muslim-students-praying-video-peel-1.4048991

Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui, a researcher on immigration and racism at Hamilton's McMaster University and spokesperson for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, agrees a frank conversation is necessary. "In a way I do feel like it's important that this person's views were expressed in a way where he wasn't hiding behind a keyboard. We have a lot of political correctness in Canada and that's why we kind of have this illusion of Canada being this elite and tolerant and perfect place." "If you look at the most recent M-103 fiasco that we had, so many people thought that Islamophobia didn't need to be included because it's not a thing. Well this is a perfect example of it being a thing. "I personally believe that it's very important to bring these stories to light, so that more people can understand that we do have a problem. Because until we know that a problem exists, we can't challenge these views, we can't confront them, we can't address them. They just get swept under the rug, unfortunately."


IQRA.CA, December 14, 2016Online

URL: http://iqra.ca/2016/town-hall-addresses-hate-incidents/

Sabreena Siddiqui told the audience that there is an underreporting of hate incidents by Muslims. "Allow yourselves as immigrants, as people of colour, as Muslims, the permission to complain if an injustice is being done,” Siddiqui advised the audience. “But you should recognize and tackle the inequalities in your communities".

Study showing skewed boy-girl birth ratio in Indian-born moms questioned by researcher

CBC News|Toronto, April 12, 2016Online

URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/abortions-indian-boy-girl-birth-ratio-1.3533087

Ghaffar-Siddiqui said statistical studies are important but added that qualitative research is equally crucial "so that people don't read something like this and paint everyone with the same brush.

Study showing skewed boy-girl birth ratio in Indian-born moms questioned by researcher
by Errol Nazareth
CBC News|Toronto

Researcher Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui told CBC News she finds the numbers in a recent study about skewed boy-girl birth ratio among Indian-born moms "a little bit vague and in need of more clarification." A Toronto researcher says there are holes in a study that found Indian-born women in Canada with two or more children are giving birth to more baby boys than expected — figures that led the study's authors to suggest that abortions related to sex selection may be a major reason.

You know there’s a problem when you get 50,000 anti-Muslim emails in your inbox

Published by National Observer

March 10, 2017

"A two-pronged approach must be taken to combat the rising climate of hate against Muslims in Canada. One that highlights the diversity of Muslims in Canada and another that requires the systematic analysis of the experiences of those Muslims who continue to be targets of religious discrimination. Motion-103 does not single out Muslims but it includes Muslims in a dialogue that often excludes their voices and experiences."

URL: http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/03/10/opinion/you-know-theres-problem-when-you-get-50000-anti-muslim-emails-your-inbox

The Quebec mosque attack victims spent their lives vilified as terrorists. Then they were murdered by one.

Published by Rabble

February 10, 2017

"A radicalized, right-wing, white Trump supporter walks into a place of worship and terrorizes a room full of innocent Muslim men as they submit in peace and prayer. How depressingly ironic! These men became the victims of the very label that the media and public use to condemn them: terrorist".

URL: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2017/02/quebec-mosque-attack-victims-spent-their-lives-vilified-terro

The terrorizing actions of a radicalized Trump supporter

Published by National Observer

February 10, 2017

"Calling the Quebec massacre a terrorist attack is imperative for us to delineate and separate terrorism from Islam and the villains from the victims. In the current climate of fear-mongering and division, now more than ever, it is extremely important for us, as Canadians, to be careful with our words and our definitions and to call things out for what they are, even if the Americans do not".

URL: http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/02/10/opinion/terrorizing-actions-radicalized-trump-supporter

Putting Grief On Pause To Parent

Published by The Inside Edit

April 13, 2016

"When given safety instructions in case of loss of cabin pressure in an airplane, we are told to secure our own oxygen masks first before those of our children. This is to ensure that we are fit enough to care for them. And just like that, in order to provide the best care to our children, we must take care of our own selves first. Being a parent is no easy task and we don’t always make the right decisions, but whatever decision we do make, is with the intention to be good parents. Grief is a necessary part of loss and we cannot expect to put it aside for a little while."

URL: http://the-inside-edit.com/parenting-and-loss/

Is Smart Phone Parenting A Smart Choice?

Published by The Inside Edit

November 3, 2015

"Our one smartphone has eliminated the need for almost all other gadgets but has this magic device in the palm of our hands lured us away from our children? In a smart phone driven world how do parents negotiate the delicate balance of using devices to improve their standard of life whilst not allowing it to isolate them from the family unit? There is no denying that life can be a lot easier with a smartphone, and with an abundance of information so readily available in the palm of your hands, why would there be any question of the benefits?"

URL: http://the-inside-edit.com/is-smart-phone-parenting-a-smart-choice/


Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui is a professor and researcher at Sheridan College. She conducts fieldwork in the areas of migration, race/ethnicity and identity. Ghaffar-Siddiqui is also an excellent speaker on issues relating to her field of research and the experiences, perspectives, and behaviours of immigrants and their offspring. Her recent study on the health seeking behaviours of South Asian immigrants in the GTA has provided important insight into the perceived needs of racialized minority immigrants in accessing and utilizing health care services. Ghaffar-Siddiqui's thesis focuses on the identity-related intergenerational differences in the experiences and perceptions of Muslims living in Canada, and the integration challenges they face in the current climate of rising Islamophobia. She also looks at the ways in which non-Mosque based community organizations help facilitate integration and subvert pathways to radicalization. Ghaffar-Siddiqui is also part of a larger SSHRC funded project that is examining racial microaggressions as experienced by refugee youth living in St John’s and Hamilton. The research findings from her several projects have been presented to numerous academic and public engagements worldwide and featured in health equity reports. She has also written several op-ed articles to share her expertise on current events to a broader audience. Ghaffar-Siddiqui has been interviewed on CTV News, CBC News, Radio Canada International, Toronto Star and other media outlets to share her expertise on immigration issues. Her contributions as an academic continue to make an impact on the policies relating to the equity of immigrants and racialized minorities in Canada. She is also very involved in community engagement and knowledge translation. She serves on the board of Canadian Council of Muslim Women as their senior communications executive and is also on the advisory board of The Canadian Muslim Vote.


Most Outstanding Speaker Award | Professional

Received Most Outstanding Speaker award in Waterloo University's "Emerging Realities" conference. I was selected amongst a panel of 50 speakers.

Additional Titles and Affiliations

TDSB Islamic Heritage Month Resource Binder | Contributor/Editor

Co-Chair Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom | Toronto

CCMW Board Member - Senior Communications executive CCM

Advisory Board Member for The Canadian Muslim Vote

Past Talks

The Implications of Inherited Family Doctors: “Intergenerational Differences in Preference of Family Doctor”.

American Sociological Association Annual General Meeting

New York, August 6, 2013

Promising Practices for Family Engagement: “Delivering the ‘right’ kind of care to South Asian immigrant youth”.

Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, Annual Health Equity Summit

CAMH, Toronto, October 17, 2012

Public Perceptions of Canada’s Response to the Syrian Crisis : An examination of the views of white post-secondary students attending Mcmaster University

19TH National Metropolis Conference | Looking Forward: Migration and Mobility in 2017 and Beyond

Montreal, Canada, March 18, 2017

Shaping Immigration to Canada: Learning from the Past and a Vision for the Future - “The Double Bind: Exploring Integration Challenges for Muslim Refugees amidst Islamophobia”

Pathways to Prosperity National Conference

Ottawa, December 2, 2016

Migration, Identity and Health Care Preferences: “Inter and Intra-group Differences”.

University of Waterloo, ‘Emerging Realities’ Conference

Waterloo, ON, September 12, 2012

Conducting Ethnographic Research - “Insiders and Outsiders”

The 31st Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference

London, ON, June 25, 2014

Being a refugee, Being Black, Being Muslim : Exploring Integration Challenges for Refugee youth

NATIONAL RAP CONFERENCE Enhancing Refugee Integration Through RAP Innovation

Ottawa, March 9, 2017

“Migration and Health: A settlement Issue”.

Michigan State University, ‘Migration without Boundaries’ Conference

Michigan, USA, October 5, 2012

“South Asian seniors' access to appropriate services via their family doctor"

Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, Annual Health Equity Summit

Toronto, October 5, 2015

Research Grants

Ontario Graduate Fellowship

Organization: Government of Ontario
Date: May 1, 2015
Grant amount: 15000


Funding for doctoral dissertation

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Organization: Government of Ontario
Date: May 1, 2016
Grant amount: 15000


Funding for doctoral dissertation


  • Sociology
  • Social Activism
  • Refugee and Human Rights Issues
  • Racism
  • Race Culture and Ethnicity
  • Public Policy
  • Politics Global Media and Culture
  • Islam and Muslim Lives
  • Islam and Muslim Lives in the United States;
  • Immigration and Ethnicity
  • Immigration and multiculturalism
  • Identity
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
  • Ethnicity, Nationality, and Theology


  • StonyBrook University New York
    Bachelor of Arts Honours, 2009

  • The University of Waterloo
    Master of Arts, 2013

  • McMaster University

    In Progress