Religion in Canada

Infographic: Religion in Canada
Description: Religion in Canada

In 2019, over two-thirds (68%) of the population in Canada reported having a religious affiliation, and just over half (54%) reported that their religious or spiritual beliefs were somewhat or very important to how they lived their lives.

Distribution of religious affiliations, population aged 15 and older, Canada, 2017 to 2019


Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Religious affiliation groupings (appearing as row headers), Total population aged 15 and older, calculated using % units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Religious affiliation groupings Total population aged 15 and older
%
Christian 63.2
Buddhist 1.4
Hindu 1.7
Jewish 1.0
Muslim 3.7
Sikh 1.4
Other religious and spiritual traditions 1.2
No religion or secular perspectives 26.3

Religious affiliation and participation in religious activities declined from 1985 to 2019


Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2 Declared having a religious affiliation and Attended group religious activities at least monthly, calculated using % units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Declared having a religious affiliation Attended group religious activities at least monthly
%
1985 90 43
1995 84 34
2005 78 34
2015 79 26
2019 68 23

From 2017 to 2019, younger generations were less likely than older generations to declare having a religious affiliation and to participate in religious activities


Table 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3. The information is grouped by Birth year (appearing as row headers), Declared having a religious affiliation and Attended group religious activities at least monthly, calculated using % units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Birth year Declared having a religious affiliation Attended group religious activities at least monthly
%
1940 to 1959 85 27
1960 to 1979 77 23
1980 to 1999 61 18

In 2019, women were more likely than men to report having a religious affiliation and to say that religious or spiritual beliefs were very important in their lives


Table 4
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 4 Women and Men, calculated using % units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Women Men
%
Declared having a religious affiliation
Yes 72 64
No 28 36
Importance of religious or spiritual beliefs in their lives
Very important 33 25
Somewhat important 28 22
Not very important 16 18
Not important at all 23 35

Source: L. Cornelissen. 2021. “Religiosity in Canada and its evolution from 1985 to 2019.” Insights on Canadian Society. October. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 75-006-X; Statistics Canada.

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