My husband is originally from a small town in Ontario; he has lived in Quebec city, and also in Toronto, quite close to the area you mentioned.
I also am not an expert on racism in Canada (nor an expert on racism here, for that matter), but I am not naive enough to assume that racism is confined only to this country. In India, for example, historically, the lighter the skin the "better". And obviously there is racism in Africa. Racism is a blight. People also think anti Semitism does not exist. Also wrong.