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Dominion of Canada

North America

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Area: 9,970,610 sq km

The world’s second-largest country. Wide diversity of mountains, prairie grasslands and forests, but much is sparsely populated wilderness and arctic tundra.

Population: 33,889,747    Annual Growth: 0.96%

Capital: Ottawa

Urbanites: 80.6%

HDI Rank: 4 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 156 (10% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: English; French    Languages: 169 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Answer to Prayer

The strong legacy of parliamentary democracy has been influenced and shaped by Christian faith across all major parties. The proportion of elected members of parliament who are committed Christians is much higher than the average population.

Challenge for Prayer

Catholicism is by far the largest religious influence in the country. Although Quebec in particular has a strong Catholic heritage, Catholicism is in fact strong throughout the country. It is growing as a proportion of the population and accounts for the largest number of incoming immigrants, a notable issue in a country built on the back of immigration. It is multicultural and thriving in the urban environment. There is a real vibrancy in Catholicism (apart from in Quebec itself) and charismatic renewal has been a significant part of this – two prominent ministries in this framework are Catholic Christian Outreach and National Evangelization Teams. Pray for this movement to grow and interface well with other expressions of living Christian faith in Canada.

     For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Canada.