|Religious Affiliation in Canada 2011|
Source: Globe and Mail
Canadian officials have been quick to point out that the 2011 survey was voluntary and so may not reflect current trends in a reliable way, but at the same time the general turn away from organized religion has already been documented in Canada. These figures reflect a known trend although the change from 2001 to 2011 may or may not be as sharp as they suggest.
So much has been written on this subject that all we really need to say here is, first, that the decline in organized religion does not seem to point to a decline in religious sensibilities as such. Even in quiet and conservative places like Lowville, NY, it is not unusual to have friends who are openly religious but attend no church. Second, this decline is being seen more and more in some ecclesiastical circles as offering an exciting opportunity to discover new, less institutional ways to be the church.