Religion & Multiculturalism

wdt_ID Religion Chilliwack Population Chilliwack % BC Population BC %

According to Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), 58.3% of the population in Chilliwack reported a religious affiliation, while 41.7% said they had no religious affiliation. For British Columbia as a whole, 55.9% of the population reported a religious affiliation, while
44.1% had no religion. The most frequently reported religious affiliation in Chilliwack was Christian, reported by 43,200 (56.2%) of the population, of which 12.3% were Catholic and 26.3% were other Christian. Other non-christian religions, including Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu, comprised
2.1% of Chilliwack’s population. In comparison, about 45% of the population in British Columbia reported following a Christian religion, while 12% of BC’s population reported following a non-christian religion.

Canada supports and promotes cultural and religious diversities. As such, Statistics Canada reports that there is substantial growth in diverse religions. Public schools in Canada are secular, although there are some private schools that operate under a particular faith. In public schools and other public facilities, Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, are still regularly observed. Supporting multi-culturalism, public institutions and community organizations often also recognize celebrations such as Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Baisakhi, Vaisakhi, Robbie Burns Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Ramadan and many others.