The Bahá’í Community of Canada comprises more than 30,000 members and is representative of the country’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity.
It includes francophones and anglophones, and more than 18% of its members come from First Nations and Inuit backgrounds; another 30% are immigrants.
There are Bahá’ís in every province and territory in Canada, and they reside in some 1200 localities across the country.
They undertake various community-building initiatives aimed at raising capacity among the residents of their communities to take charge of their own spiritual, social, and intellectual development.
These activities are open to everyone; there is no requirement to be a member of the Bahá’í community to fully participate.
The Bahá’í Community of Canada also engages with civil society and the Canadian government to share Bahá’í perspectives on diverse issues. Among its submissions to the federal government, the Bahá’í Community of Canada has contributed to the MacDonald Economic Commission, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Affairs, the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Reviews of 1994 and 2003, and the National Plan of Action for Children. It has also participated in various national discourses on themes such as youth development, the role of religion in society, the equality of women and men, sustainable development, and human rights.