Religion of Canada
Canada is a melting pot of different religions and cultures. There is no official religion for the country. Although about 75% of Canadian claim to be practicing Christianity. Diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society is a valued part of Canada’s culture. Many has believed that the country has become cynical and stopped openly displaying their Christianity, entering what is called a “post-religious period.”
Other religions still seem to be practiced regularly. The increase in immigration from areas such as Middle East, Asia and Africa has contributed to the expansive growth of Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu communities within the country of Canada. Religious cultures that are more exclusive such as Pagans, Judaism, Bahá’í Faith, Unitarian Universalists, First Nations religions also call Canada home.
Muslim is very popular in Canada. In 1936, the first mosque was built in Edmonton, a fashionable Canadian area. During the first Canadian census, they found thirteen Muslims already living in the country. It is no wonder that with that kind of history, such a large population of Muslim devotees is hosted by Canada.
Another popular religion in the Great White North is Sikhism. Sikhs were one of the rare Asian cultures that were actually loyal to the Queen of England, with Canadian origins dating all the way back to the year of 1897. This however did not help them gain rights or immigration laws for the first half of the last century. After a large wave of Sikhs came to Canada at the beginning of the nineteenth century, immigration laws were soon tightened on them, and they were denied the right to vote for quite some time. The Sikh population has exploded since immigration laws were liberalized in the 1960s.