Churches and Cathedrals in Toronto

Canada has no official religion and the preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms refers to God and the monarch carries the title of "Defender of the Faith", and the Queen’s title includes the phrase “By the Grace of God”.

However, support for freedom of religion is an important part of Canada's political culture. Today, Christians represent around 65% of the population of Toronto, but the rates of religious adherence are steadily decreasing. Actually, with Christianity in decline after having once been central and integral to Canadian culture and daily life, Canada has become a post-Christian, secular state. The practice of religion has become a private matter throughout society and the state, even when the majority of Canadians still believe in God and many Canadians recognize the supremacy of God.

In the Canada 2011 National Household Survey, 67% of the Canadian population list Roman Catholicism or Protestantism or another Christian denomination as their religion, considerably less than 10 years before in the Canada 2001 Census, where 77% of the population listed a Christian religion.

Representing one out of three Canadians, the Roman Catholic Church in Canada is by far the country's largest single denomination. Those who listed no religion account for 24% of total respondents. In 2001 in British Columbia, however, 35% of respondents reported no religion — more than any single denomination and more than all Protestants combined.

Here are some of churches, cathedrals and other places for warship of God and superior beings in Toronto. All the photos have been taken by © Megan Jorgensen and you should contact her if you are interested in Megan’s artwork.

st james cathedral

St. James Cathedral open in 1853. 65 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E9. Photo by © Megan Jorgensen

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St. James Cathedral. Photo by © Megan Jorgensen

cathedrale st.james

Photo by © Megan Jorgensen

Photo by © Megan Jorgensen

Photo by © Megan Jorgensen