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Our primary responsibility as Christians is to worship God and obey him. The Bible calls us to gather together with other Christians to pray and to worship God collectively. An integral part of worshipping God is speaking about him to others. We obey God's commands by loving our neighbour, seeking justice and mercy, and respecting life.

The Issue

Canada is a nation in which people of different faiths live side by side. While the majority of Canadians are Christians, 80 percent according to the 1991 Census, Canada is also home to Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and atheists. Canadians have a national desire to be tolerant and not impose religious beliefs or practices on those who don't share their faith. However, this sensitivity is in danger of becoming an intolerance of faith in public life. 

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms contains guarantees of freedom of religion and conscience. Provincial human rights codes prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion or creed. There is also legislative protection of religion and conscience in specific areas in federal and provincial legislation, such as labour law.

Current Status

For a history and current status of religious freedom issues, including case summaries and links to additional relevant information, access the links under Religious Freedom Issues located to the right of these comments.


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EFC Resources on Religious Freedom in Canada
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