Awareness of Humanism

Two in three British Columbians are not religious and as many as twenty percent are atheists. Yet very few people openly identify as Humanists. The core mission of the BC Humanist Association is to promote the ideas and philosophy of Humanism by all available means of education and communication. We do this through our public meetings, advertising campaigns, social media, letters to the editor, engaging with politicians, and research into the state of non-religion in British Columbia.

Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey (formerly the long-form census) found that 44% of the people in BC say they have no religion. However, the data quality of the National Household Survey has been questioned since it was made voluntary in 2011 and it has historically over-inflated the number of religious respondents because it asks what religion a person is “even if they are not currently a practicing member of that group.” Read our press release from the release the 2011 National Household Survey.

Our own polling has found that 64% of British Columbians do not practice a religion or faith and 20% do not believe in a higher power (9% don't know). See the full results from our 2013 BC Religious and Secular Values poll.

Latest news

Humanists in Pride 2016

Pride Week has just ended in Vancouver and for the sixth straight year members of the BC Humanist Association joined the annual Vancouver Pride Parade to show our solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. This year, we built on our strengths. It was the first year that many of our supporters...

Religious and Secular Attitudes 2016

Update (Aug 22, 2016): You can download the full results here. Seven in ten British Columbians are non-religious and over a quarter don’t believe in a higher power according to a new poll by Insights West commissioned by the BC Humanist Association. This is an increase from the 64% of people...

Humanists at Vaisakhi Day Celebrations

I helped out at the Vaisakhi Day celebrations with the Tarksheel Society yesterday. It was an invaluable experience. By noon we had over 100 visitors, and there were many others who gave us the thumbs up on their way by. I asked one of my co-volunteers and he confirmed that...

Secular student groups thriving in BC

Classes have been under a way for about a month and across British Columbia students are building new communities for atheist, skeptic and Humanist. I wanted to give a quick update on where some of the groups are, and how the donations BCHA members made have helped us support them.

Humanist groups at BC universities

Students across British Columbia will be returning to classes next week. For many it will be their first time living away from home and for some it will their first time being exposed to new ideas and worldviews. Religious clubs are well established at BC universities (there are 20 different religious...

National Household Survey confirms BC leaving religion

Results announced today from Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey show that nearly half of British Columbia does not identify with a religion. The new data echoes the conclusion of a recent BCHA poll that found two-thirds of BC does not practice a religion or faith.

Atheists give generously to fight blood cancer

Local atheists and skeptics raised $3,778 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of an international effort to raise money for the Light the Night Walk.

The growth of the nones

Two interesting polls came out in the past week, both documenting the growing strength of the non-religious in Canada and British Columbia.

Canada, a relatively irreligious place

The latest poll from Leger Marketing [pdf] asked the standard “who will you vote for” type questions, but then dug deeper to try to expose a difference between Quebec and the rest of Canada. One question in particular sparked my interest. They asked “Do you personally consider yourself as a person who...

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