Religion adds $67.5 billion to Canadian economy every year

Study: Faith Fuels Canada's GDP

Study: Faith Fuels Canada’s GDP

Canadian Religious Congregations’ Halo Effect

Canadian Religious Congregations’ Halo Effect

Faith-based schooling, health care systems, charities, media, lives saved

Faith-based schooling, health care systems, charities, media, lives saved

New research suggests religion produces measurable economic contributions to the common good

Religion is an active force in the public, professional, and private lives of many Canadians and contributes to the common good of all, including those who are not religious.”

— Brian Dijkema, vice president of external relations at Cardus

OTTAWA, ON, CANADA, September 21, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — A $67.5-BILLION ANNUAL INVESTMENT IN CANADIAN SOCIETY
New research suggests religion produces measurable economic contributions to the common good

This study provides the first documented quantitative national estimates of the economic value of religion to Canadian society. The study was conducted for Cardus by the veteran father-daughter research team, Brian J. Grim, Ph.D., and Melissa E. Grim, JD, of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Amid pandemic-related job loss and economic worries, new research suggests there is a sector of Canadian society that plays an important, but often unrecognized, economic role: religion. The Hidden Economy: How Faith Helps Fuel Canada’s GDP, a new report from think tank Cardus, finds that religion’s annual contribution to Canadian society is worth an estimated $67.5 billion. That’s large enough to be the ninth biggest enterprise in the country – ahead of the Bank of Montreal.

The $67.5 billion figure is the mid-range estimate in The Hidden Economy: How Faith Helps Fuel Canada’s GDP. More than half of the $67.5 billion figure comes from the activities of tens of thousands of religious congregations (churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues) in Canada. Nationwide, they have a $35-billion “halo effect” – the value congregations provide to their surrounding communities. 

Canadian Religious Congregations’ Halo Effect

The halo effect of religious congregations is a well-studied phenomenon. For more information on the halo effect in Canada, including municipality-specific calculations, please visit haloproject.ca. Also see related research on the United States here.

The balance of religion’s estimated $67.5 billion contribution to Canadian society comes through activities related to schooling, health care systems, charities, media, lives saved through congregational substance abuse support programs, as well as kosher and halal food sales.

“Religion is an active force in the public, professional, and private lives of many Canadians and contributes to the common good of all, including those who are not religious,” said Brian Dijkema, vice president of external relations at Cardus. “If religious activity is hindered—through zoning, regulation, taxation, or even intolerance—there are massive economic spill-over effects that negatively affect Canadians as a whole. We all benefit economically when religious life thrives.”

The Hidden Economy: How Faith Fuels Canada’s GDP is freely available online.

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Faith Fuels Canada’s Economy


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