In second place, at 23.9%, are those who say they have no religion. We know that many of the "nones" will not call themselves "atheists" but they might as well be.
The take-home lesson is that almost 24% of Canadians are not religious. That's up from 16.5% in 2001. Times they are a -changin.
The question on the census was ...
22. What is this person’s religion?I think you can see why nonbelievers may be somewhat higher than the numbers indicate.
Indicate a specific denomination or religion even if this person is
not currently a practising member of that group.
For example, Roman Catholic, Ukrainian Catholic, United Church,
Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Islam, Buddhist,
Hindu, Sikh, etc.
Specify one denomination or religion only __________
No religion __________