Online Guide for Newcomers to Prince Edward Island, Canada

Religious Groups and Places of Worship

Having a place of worship or a religious group to connect with can be an important source of support for you as a newcomer to Canada. This support can be both spiritual and cultural. Also, being part of a religious organization can help you integrate into your community.

Christianity has been the dominant religion in PEI since the arrival of European colonists in the 16th century. There is a whole spectrum of Christian denominations represented on the Island. However, with more newcomers to Canada settling in PEI, there is a broader diversity of organized religious groups present. [See Related Resources]

Religious Groups and the Island Community

It is important to mention that religious groups in PEI often engage in initiatives and actions beyond attending religious services. Many put together committees or form organizations that help community development, take charitable actions or work on issues of social justice, on the Island and beyond, often reaching other continents -- wherever help is needed. Many times those activities benefit people from various cultural and religious backgrounds.

Several such groups have been sponsoring refugee families and helping them come to Canada and start a new life here in PEI. Many times they have helped reunite families separated by trouble in their countries of origin.

Churches also frequently offer their facilities to non-religious groups. Churches and church halls are often used for community gatherings and meetings, concerts, etc.

Related Resources

  • Baha'i Faith Charlottetown Centre: 902-894-8241

NOTE: If you are a member, or know of a local religious group that is not yet listed on this page or the linked pages, please let us know and we will include the contact information here.

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