Past events


In this virtual lecture, Jack Jedwab (President and CEO, Association for Canadian Studies) will present comparative data on religious practice and belief in Canada from 2019 and 2021. Drawing from two surveys conducted by Leger in partnership with the Association for Canadian Studies, Jack Jedwab will share how Canadians’ belief in God, rates of religious service attendance, and other measures of faith and religious practice changed (or didn’t) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how these findings relate to broader trends in religion and nonreligion.

wbst NCF student webinar jan13

Navigating census data can be overwhelming, especially for students looking to explore trends in religiosity in Canada. To help prepare students for the upcoming release of Statistics Canada’s 2021 census data, we are pleased to offer this graduate student webinar, led by NCF Collaborator Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme (University of Waterloo) and co-hosted by the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion. This virtual workshop will help illuminate the background and usages of recent Statistics Canada data, unriddle questions about data access and interpretation, and offer a Q&A session to fill in remaining gaps in students’ roadmaps to successful statistics sleuthing.

How to Turn a Course Paper into a Journal Article

Date: December 9, 2021

Time: 13:00 ET

Location: Virtual


Hosts: Lauren Strumos and Cory Steele

This workshop, exclusively for members of the NCF Student Caucus, will feature practical steps for turning a course paper into a journal article including how to restructure and reformat your papers and what to expect during the review and publication process. This workshop will not be recorded. We encourage you to bring a course paper that you are considering submitting. Please contact for more information.

Religion in Decline?: Understanding New Data from Statistics Canada

Date: November 26, 2021

Time: 12:00 -13:00 ET

Location: Virtual

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On October 28, 2021, Statistics Canada released findings from the 2019 General Social Survey, revealing that religious affiliation and practice in Canada are at all-time lows. What factors could be driving this shift and what does it mean for Canada’s social, political, and religious landscapes?
To explore these issues, Lori Beaman, Principal Investigator of the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project, is hosting a virtual panel with experts Jack Jedwab (Association for Canadian Studies), Peter Beyer (University of Ottawa), Brian Clarke (Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology), and Sarah Wilkins-LaFlamme (University of Waterloo).


Date: November 25, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM


In this installment of our webinar series, author Anne-Laure Zwilling will discuss her edited collection Indifférence religieuse ou athéisme militant ?

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Date: November 16, 2021

Time: 14:00 - 15:00


The NCF hosted a virtual panel in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa. Expert panellists Juan Marco Vaggione, Lori G. Beaman and André Laliberté led presentations and discussions on the theme “Nonreligion, Social Change and Human Rights”.

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In this installment of our webinar series, author Nathan Alexander discusses his book Race in a Godless World: Atheism, Race, and Civilization, 1850-1914 (NYU Press and Manchester University Press, 2019).

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Start date: June 16, 2021 - End date: June 18, 2021


The conference will be held online in partnership with the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project. It will be free to attend and participate in. View the preliminary conference programme here.

Registration is now closed.





Date: April 29, 2021

Location: Virtual (Zoom)


This graduate student workshop was led by NCF Collaborator Jennifer Selby (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and focused on Research Design and discuss the steps, pitfalls and serendipities in conducting fieldwork, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read some of the students’ key takeaways and suggested resources here.


In this installment of our webinar series, authors Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham and Sonya Sharma will discuss their book Prayer as Transgression? The Social Relations of Prayer in Healthcare Settings (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020).

Watch the video here!