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It may be time to take a second look at the public relevance of religion for the most unexpected reason; economics.
"It’s generally overlooked, but Canada’s religious tapestry makes massive economic and social contributions to local communities and to Canada’s well-being each year," writes Stephen Lazarus in the Hamilton Spectator.
"People who don't often frequent Manitoba's houses of worship might be surprised to know that before the pandemic, many such buildings were bustling busy throughout the week with visitors whose attendance was unrelated to the in-house brand of religion."
"Faith institutions provided an "invisible safety net" of community services, according to a report released last Monday by Cardus, a faith-based thinktank. The report, which uses figures compiled before the pandemic, says it's the first in Canada to add up the economic value of religion to Canadian society. It says religious organizations account for about $67 billion of economic activity each year."
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