Community Spaces in Faith Places
What is the community space, faith place survey?
There are 27,000 faith buildings in Canada, 1/3 are set to close in the next ten years. Programs like 12 step groups, children’s programming, foodbanks, blood donor clinics, arts groups and community meetings all utilize places of faith to gather in and are at risk of being lost if faith buildings shut down.
Faith & the Common Good has formed a partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario NonProfit Network, Cardus, The National Trust For Canada and the City of Toronto to evaluate the impact of faith-building closures.
Data collected April through July 2019, in French and English online and on paper via our regional research leads. The Survey was distributed via our partners as listed below and via research leads for “DEEP DIVE” regions of Huron, Peterborough, Toronto, and Sudbury
|Geographic Distribution of Respondents to Survey|
Overall there were 1269 respondents with 629 were statistically valid (desired respondents, data was applicable, sufficient responses to verify valid identifying group)
From the survey, we've learned a lot about the types of communities and draws of faith buildings for Non-for-profits and community groups.
Huron County: How Huron Shores United Church Opened its doors to Grand Bend
Grand Bend is a small resort community on the shores of Lake Huron, about an hour northwest of London. Its beautiful beaches have attracted tourists and cottagers for decades, and more recently retirees have discovered its charms. A red brick church building with a distinctive six-sided tower has been a part of the town’s main street for almost 100 years.
In the past three years, the church has reinvented itself as a much-needed community hub and concert hall, an integral and valued part of the community.
Bob Illman, Chair of Trustees of Huron Shores United Church
"As we reflect on our pathway, it's clear that change is always with us. It has become our friend and mentor"