Information about religion in Canada
not only across Canada but the entire Western world, we're aware of a trend that
says that institutionalized religion is not central to peoples' lives, as is
individualized religion." 3
Rev. Harry Oussoren, executive minister of the United Church of Canada's Support to Local Ministries. 1
Like the United States, Canada is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world.
South-eastern Ontario has been called the most religiously diverse region of any
country in the world. A major contributor to this trend is the large number of
immigrants to Canada who have settled in the Toronto, ON area.
Some trends in Canada:
The percentage of Christians is in relatively rapid decline in Canada, dropping at
about 0.9 percentage points per year. Although this is a miniscule drop over
the course of a year, it amounts to almost 10% over a decade.
Small non-Christian faith groups are increasing in number and popularity.
The percentage of Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, secularists, and NOTAS -- persons who are not affilisted with any religious group -- is increasing rapidly.
||Many Canadians identify themselves as adherents of a specific religion, religious group, or denomination, but no longer attend religious services.
Topics covered in this section:
Ferdy Baglo, "Canada's churches suffering serious decline. Researcher
says membership losses pushing Canadian churches to brink of 'extinction',"
Spero News, 2005-DEC-06, at:
Copyright © 1998 to 2013 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 1998-JUL-5
Last update: 2013-SEP-27
Author: B.A. Robinson