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Fewer people attending religious services

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Over the past two decades, the percentage of Canadians aged 15 and older who attend religious services at least once a week has declined from 30% in 1985 to 21% in 2005.

One in three people attended no services in 2005, up from one in five in 1985. About half of Canadians attend religious services less frequently than weekly, but at least once a year.

The decline in attendance is particularly noticeable among 45- to 64-year-olds, whose weekly attendance fell from 39% in 1985 to 22% in 2005. The proportion of people in that age group who had not attended religious services in the previous 12 months more than doubled from 16% to 33% over the 20-year period.