|% Urban:||81.7 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||15.8 %|
|Official Language:||English; French|
|Literacy Rate:||99 %|
|Life Expectancy:||82.7 yrs (15/236)|
|HDI Ranking:||16 / 189|
|% Christian:||72.1 %|
|% Evangelical:||7.7 %|
|% Largest Religion:||72.1 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||50|
|% Unevangelized:||4 %|
Christian influence on Canadian society declined across the last century. The non-religious population grew the most as Christians left the Church, but other religions grew quickly through immigration and high birthrates. The mainline churches, especially the United Church and Anglican Church, became more liberal in their beliefs about God and the Bible. They also declined in numbers. Pray for a new, vibrant move of God in these declining denominations, and for fresh, contemporary expressions of faith in Jesus. Pray that Canadian Christians would be more concerned with being loving witnesses to the Gospel than with political agendas and culture wars.
Canadian indigenous peoples suffered shameful treatment in the past. Both the government and the Church (mostly European-background) abused these peoples in painful ways. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2008-2015) concluded that the residential school system amounted to cultural genocide. Pray for appropriate repentance and forgiveness – both are necessary for true reconciliation. First Nations peoples have 600 reserves in Canada, all with small populations. Many Canadian indigenous peoples are called Christian, but many do not practise their faith. Pray for leaders and churches that represent First Nations culture to plant others like them! Six languages received the New Testament in the last 10 years. Translators now work on 27 more, but 27 native languages have no Scripture. Missions evangelize and plant churches in the difficult northern parts of the country. Revivals came among the Inuit in the Arctic. Pray that the power of the gospel will transform Inuit communities! Large numbers of First Nations people live in cities like Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Regina. Many live in poverty and struggle with substance abuse. Some ministries reach out to them, but evangelicals usually overlook this challenge on their doorstep.
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