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Community Spaces Faith Places Survey Results

Community Spaces in Faith Places

The following map and graph showcase the survey results from summer 2019 of the Community Spaces in Faith Places 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.

Information about Data Collection

Geographic Distribution of RespondentsData 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. Check it out below:

What type of Non-for-Profits and Community Groups work out of Faith Buildings?


Why would Non-for-Profits and Community Groups use Faith Buildings?


Why NFP’s and Community Groups Work out of Faith Buildings

Buildings were built in convenient, centralized locations within neighbourhoods in order to encourage consistent attendance. 

Good price is the promise and the problem

The responses around shared services and matches mission and partnership will be fleshed out more in the case studies in the second year of the study, which will focus more on specific sites to illuminate the data


Could you find another space if the building closed? 

Assessment of Impact of Faith Building Closures

With 9,000 faith buildings estimated to close in the next ten years, we must assess the potential impact.

52% of user groups respondents say that they would have no other space to use and another 18% say that another faith-building is their second option. 







What's next?

Taking Action for Places of Faith in Rural Ontario

An estimated 9,000 faith buildings will close in Canada in the next ten years. What will the impact be on rural Ontario in general and Huron County specifically?

When: April 24th 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: St. Joseph's Kingsbridge Centre (84675A Bluewater Hwy, north of Goderich, Ontario)
Tickets are $20 and Lunch will be provided.

Click the image and go to bit.ly/FaithinRuralOntario to register!
-Jennifer Miltenburg, local councillor and Kingsbridge Centre board member
-Kendra Fry, Project lead for Regeneration Works, Places of Faith
-Milton Friesen, Cardus and Research lead for Community Spaces in Faith Places Survey
-Norm Ragetlie, Rural Ontario Institute
-Robert Pajot, Project Leader, Regeneration, National Trust for Canada
-Local Panel of Not for Profit and Community Leaders
with input from Ontario Trillium Foundation, Faith & the Common Good, Ontario Nonprofit Network, Artsbuild Ontario, and the National Trust for Canada
Questions? kfry@faithcommongood.org


Thank you to our Partners

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  • Ian Jones
    I may have an answer to these closures while addressing 2 other imminent crises if the properties have excess lands ( and keep the historic Churches):
    1. Lack of affordable seniors housing; 2. Climate Change
    A win..win..win..

    The missing Silver Bullet is no longer missing..

    This Spring we are going to be introducing a new philanthropic game changing silver bullet form of Boomer housing in Canada and the US including Learning Labs and Culinary kitchens from $1300 /mo furnished… not $4000 to $6000/mo.
    These buildings will have ancillary space open for other cultural groups to enrich the residents lives.

    We’re currently forming the non-profit Foundation.
    We’ll build, fill, stabilize, and turn over to local Charities or non-profit organizations for their 100 % ownership so that all future cash flow and equity buildup is theirs for their mission and vision.
    A ‘Pay it forward’ Concept..

    Projects are designed to Passive House standards for major reduction in the carbon footprint of the buildings.

    We have 23Mil SF of projects in our 50 yr history including condos, 5 star hotels and Adult Lifestyle Communities. We know how to do this.

    All inquiries for possible participation to ian@bgigroup.ca
    Ian Jones MRICS, Pres.
    BGI GROUP Toronto www.bgigroup.ca

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