Chart 1
Frequency of religious attendence, 1985 to 2005

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This is a vertically stacked bar graph that shows the frequency of attendance at religious services by the population aged 15 and over in Canada in 1985 through 2006.

The Y axis is measured by percentages and increases by increments of ten from 0 up to 60. The X axis refers to the 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005.

There are three bars for each year including the percentage of the population aged 15 and over which attended religious services at least once a week, the percentage of the population that never attended religious services and the rest of the population.

The chart shows that the percentage of the population attending religious services on a weekly basis has declined in each of the 5-year periods from 30.3% in 1985 to 27.8% in 1990 to 26.5% in 1995 to 25.3% in 2000 to 21.1% in 2005. At the same time, the data points for the less frequently category are 48.1% in 1985, 45.7% in 1990, 41.6% in 1995, 48.6% in 2000 and 46.1% in 2005. In contrast, the chart shows that the percentage of the population never attending religious services increased from 21.5% in 1985 to 32.8% in 2005. This figure increased in each of the 5-year time periods except 1995 to 2000 when the share of the population not attending religious services declined from 31.9% to 26.1%. At the same time, the data points for the less frequently category are 48.1% in 1985, 45.7% in 1990, 41.6% in 1995, 48.6% in 2000 and 46.1% in 2005.

Note : The category less frequently includes: at least once a month, a few times a year and at least once a year.
Source : Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 1985 to 2005.