Durham region is home to many diverse religious communities and faith holds a place of great respect here. The diversity of religions is welcomed and many different spiritual festivals and holidays are celebrated. There is a vibrant religious and ethno-cultural awareness in Durham.
Religious communities have built good working relationships with one another and with civic government. Within the framework of Canada’s human rights-based democracy there is a growing awareness that interfaith dialogue and collaboration contributes positively to our common society.
Canada has historically welcomed religious involvement in the fabric of society, recognizing that it is a significant source for building social networks. Faith groups contribute to the spiritual and moral guidance within Canadian culture and cooperate in forming compassionate and prosperous citizens and society. Under the policy of multiculturalism, Canada has embraced an even greater inclusion of the world’s variety of faith expressions, providing constitutional support for the freedoms of choice and practice within all religious groups.
Many of the faith communities in our region are actively involved in helping newcomers settle into the region.
More information about various faiths can be obtained through Ontario Multifaith Council and Kawartha-lakeshore Regional Multifaith Committee.