OTTAWA, May 13, 2003 ( – Statistics Canada has released its data on Canadians’ religious affiliations noting that Canada is still predominantly Roman Catholic and Protestant.  In 2001, 7 out of every 10 people still identified themselves as either Roman Catholic or Protestant.  The data show however that the proportion of Christians in Canada is falling and the number of Canadians who reported religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism has increased substantially.  In addition, far more Canadians reported that they had no religion. This group accounted for 16% of the population in 2001, compared with 12% a decade earlier.  In 2001, Roman Catholics were still the largest religious group, drawing the faith of just under 12.8 million people, or 43% of the population, down from 45% in 1991. The proportion of Protestants, the second largest group, declined from 35% of the population to 29%, or about 8.7 million people.  Combined, the two groups represented 72% of the total population in 2001, compared with 80% a decade earlier.  See highlights on the Religions in Canada report from Statistics Canada: