The rural, suburban, and urban contexts of British Columbia differ greatly in history, industry, and demography. As a result, our work is mindful of these features, especially as:

  • The largest non-religiously affiliated population in any Canadian province and territory resides in BC;
  • Approximately 6% of the population in BC is comprised of Indigenous individuals – more than double the population percentage in Ontario and Quebec in 2016 (Statistics Canada, 2018); and,
  • The largest Sikh population in Canada resides in BC.


Total population in private households by religion, in BC (2011)
Source: Statistics Canada. 2013. British Columbia (Code 59) (table). National Household Survey (NHS) Profile. 2011 National Household Survey. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-004-XWE. Ottawa. Released September 11, 2013.


Our BC Regional Director, Alim Fakirani, relates these details to our BC programming.

Alim Fakirani, Regional Director (British Columbia), Subject Matter Expert (English speaking Muslim identities and communities )

Alim is a graduate of McGill University (BA, World Religions) and the Institute of Education (MA, Education – Muslim Societies and Civilizations; M.Teach). He has worked in a variety of settings, both in Canada and internationally. Alim’s work and research has focused on the promotion of religious literacy and the advancement of pluralism in Canada. He strongly feels that meaningful engagement with the religious diversity found in our communities can lead to tremendous benefit for all those involved. Alim has subject expertise in Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism and has undertaken professional development at UBC and Harvard in the areas of historical thinking and religious literacy.

More information about Alim is available at:  linkedin