Islam now the second most popular religion in Canada

This week’s Diwali festival in Moncton, New Brunswick, was a celebration of a dream come true for the local South Asian community.

With about 2,000 people, many in the community gathered in a rented space on Milner Road for the opening of a new Hindu temple in their city – a vision many years in the making.

“This is going to grow,” Ketan Raval, an organizer with the Hindu Society of New Brunswick, told the meeting of volunteers and devotees, adding that the new temple will not only be a place of worship but also a support center for newcomers to the world. the area .

While immigration is driving the non-Christian religions in the country, the majority of Canada’s population is Christian, but their proportion is declining, according to Statistics Canada. Islam is the second most reported religion.

A new mosque, school and community center are being built in Saskatoon under the auspices of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (IAS).

The organizers emphasized that the space would not only be for Muslims, but also a place to build bridges. If all goes well, the IAS expects to do groundbreaking work on the $10 million project within two years.

On a quiet corner in the Coquitlam suburb of Metro Vancouver, Father Pio Kim and his largely Korean congregation recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of their new St Agnes Kim Parish Church.

According to BC’s Catholic weekly publication, the goal of the Korean parish, the second of its kind in the Vancouver Archdiocese, is to become a “cooperative community” and “prayer community.”

These are just a few examples of the country’s growing ethno-cultural and religious diversity, which is largely driven by immigration, according to Statistics Canada’s latest census report.

Based on data from more than 450 ethnic and cultural origins, 200 birthplaces, 100 religions and 450 languages, Statistics Canada researchers said immigration is one of the main drivers of religions, especially non-Christian religions, in the country.

According to the analysis, immigrants made up the majority of Buddhists (68.9 percent), Muslims (63.1 percent), Hindus (62.9 percent) and Sikhs (53.8 percent) in the country.

By comparison, in 2021 immigrants represented nearly a quarter (23.0 percent) of Canada’s population. In addition, a large proportion of immigrants admitted between 2011 and 2021 reported a non-Christian religion: 18.9 percent reported being Muslim, followed by Hindu (9.0 percent) and Sikh (5.8 percent).

In 2021, more than 19.3 million people reported a Christian religion, or just over half of Canada’s population (53.3 percent). However, this percentage has decreased from 67.3 percent in 2011 and 77.1 percent in 2001.

Catholics are the largest Christian denomination in Canada, with 10.9 million people (29.9 percent) in 2021. The United Church (3.3 percent) and the Anglican Church (3.1 percent), two other Christian denominations, had each more than 1 million people in Canada. Orthodox Christians (1.7 percent), Baptists (1.2 percent), and Pentecostals and other Charismatics (1.1 percent) were the other Christian denominations most frequently mentioned.

Here are some of the other key findings from Statistic’s Canadian portrait of the country’s religious diversity;

About 12.6 million people, or more than a third of Canada’s population, reported having no religious affiliation. The proportion of this population has more than doubled in 20 years, from 16.5 percent in 2001 to 34.6 percent in 2021. Although small, the proportion of Canada’s population who reported being Muslim, Hindu or Sikh has increased in 20 years. more than doubled. After Christianity, Islam was the second most reported religion in Canada in 2021, with nearly 1.8 million, or 1 in 20, people. In 20 years, the proportion of the Muslim population in Canada has more than doubled, from 2.0 percent in 2001 to 4.9 percent in 2021. By 2021, nearly 830,000 people, or 2.3 percent of the total population, reported are associated with Hinduism. Like Muslims, the proportion of the population who adopt Hinduism as a religion has more than doubled in the past 20 years, increasing from 1.0 percent in 2001. The proportion of the population who identified Sikhism as a religion has also increased more than doubled since 2001, from 0.9 percent to 2.1 percent in 2021. About 770,000 people reported Sikhism as their religion in the 2021 census. About 335,000 people reported being Jewish in 2021. This number has increased over the past 20 years little changed; in 2001 330,000 people reported a Jewish belief. Although Canada’s total population grew, the proportion of the population with a Jewish religious affiliation declined slightly from 1.1 percent in 2001 to 0.9 percent in 2021. In 2021, nearly 360,000 people, or 1.0 percent of Canada’s population, Buddhism as their religion, same percentage as in 2001 census. Share our stories! About the author Related posts

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Business Development Advisor – Fabian Dawson, a multiple award-winning journalist, is an internationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and media expert. His work over the past four decades spans the globe and he also serves as a consultant/strategic advisor to a variety of international companies. As deputy editor-in-chief of The Province, part of the Postmedia chain, Dawson led initiatives within a dedicated publishing group to deliver targeted content for a variety of organizations. He was named a 2019 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the Jack Webster Awards. Dawson has been invited by the governments of India, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and the United States to act as an observer/advisor to the media on a variety of Asia-Canada issues. Dawson now operates FD Media, which specializes in leveraging editorial resources to generate revenue.

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