Immigrants remaking Canada’s religious face: Global survey
Many immigrants to Canada are Christians, but newcomers are slowly swelling the ranks of Muslims, Buddhists and especially the non-religious in certain regions.
Canada is welcoming more than the global average of immigrants who are Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and non-religious.
The country, however, is taking in less than the global average of immigrants who are Muslim, Hindu and Jewish.
Those are some of the surprising findings of a sweeping global survey on immigration and religion conducted by the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
The report, titled Faith on the Move, provides an enormous amount of data on the religious loyalties of the world’s 214-million immigrants, a group larger than the population of Brazil.
TABLE: Religious affiliations of Canada’s 7.2 million immigrants
Christian – 59 per cent
Unaffiliated – 17 per cent
Muslim – 9 per cent
Hindu – 4 per cent
Buddhist – 4 per cent
Other – 4 per cent (mostly Sikh)
Jewish – 2 per cent