Canada’s Churches Are Disappearing
Can they keep the faith? A Canadian building preservation group estimates that 9,000 religious spaces will be closed, sold or demolished during the next decade — representing around one-third of the country’s houses of worship. “It is going to hit everybody,” said a project leader from National Trust for Canada, which says the loss would impact the cultural fabric of communities.
Why the downward trend? Observers say depopulation in rural areas and increasing secularization in cities are drawing members away from church.
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