Easter Weekend is still in full swing, and now seems as good a time as any to assess the numbers surrounding religion in Canada.
A new survey focused on religion from Angus Reid suggests 26 per cent of Canadians rejection of religion and that number has only increased over recent years.
Shachi Kurl with the institute told The Sean Leslie Show that doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in atheism.
“We are becoming decreasingly religious. We’re not as religious as we used to be. People drifting away from Sunday morning church services, or a trip to the mosque on Friday or synagogue on Saturday. More people are simply saying that they’re choosing to observe some sense of spirituality, sort of quietly in their lives on their own time.”
Kurl adds that increased immigration is a factor in about one-third of Canadians who responded that they’re likely to embrace religion as opposed to rejecting it.
She says the West Coast isn’t too different from other provinces when it comes to faith, however.
“B.C. is no more God-rejecting, if you will, than other parts of the country. The greatest levels of what we would call religious ambivalence is still very, very high in B.C.”
As for what provinces are considered most religious, she says…
“The highest levels of religious uptake are in Saskwatchewan and Manitoba.”