RELIGIOUS PRACTICE IN CANADA

RELIGIOUS PRACTICE IN CANADA

Religious practices in Canada are quite varied. Canada is a multi-religious society: the government is secular, running independently of any religious institution, and follows an official policy of religious tolerance. The most varied religious communities will be found in the larger urban centers, particularly Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, but many colleges and universities across the country have multi-faith chapels or other organizations on-campus. You can look in the local phone book for listings of the various church denominations, and on weekends the local newspaper will often have a listing of faith centres and events. Many colleges and universities in Canada allow students of different faiths to take days off to observe religious holidays and celebrations, but be sure to consult with individual professors.

Self-Identified Religious Practice in Canada
Religion Percentage of Canadians Religion Percentage of Canadians
Total Christian 77% Muslim 2%
Roman Catholic 43.6% Jewish 1.1%
Total Protestant 29.2% Hindu 1%
     United 9.6% Sikh 1%
     Anglican      6.9% Buddhist 1%
     Baptist 2.5% No Religion 16.2%
     Lutheran 2.0%
     Presbyterian 1.4%
Christian Orthodox  1.6%

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Census, 2001