Religion in Canada

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Religion in Canada covers a wide range of beliefs. Most Canadians (67%) are Christians. Of that group Roman Catholics make up 34% of the population.[1] Protestants make up about 27% of Canada's population.[2] As of 2011 23.9% of Canadians reported they practiced no particular religion.[1] Islam makes up the next largest religion with 3.2% of the population. Canada has no official religion. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms allows Canadians to practice any religion they wish to.[3]

Minority religions[change | change source]

About 20% of Canadians were born somewhere else.[2] immigrants have had an effect on Canada's changing religious makeup. Minority religions in Canada are growing in numbers.[2] These include Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism and Eastern Orthodox Christians.[2] The first synagogue in Canada was built in Montreal in 1768. The first Canadian mosque was built in Edmonton in 1938.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "2011 National Household Survey: Immigration, place of birth, citizenship, ethnic origin, visible minorities, language and religion". Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Canada's Changing Religious Landscape". Pew Research Center. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  3. Mary A. Waldron, Free to Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada (Toronto; Buffalo; London: University of Toronto Press, 2013), p. 7

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