Almost 40 per cent of those with no religion were aged 24 and under, Statistics Canada reported.
Father Pat O'Dea, executive director and pastor at the Newman Centre Catholic Mission at the University of Toronto, said that many young people take time off from organized religion. "It's often a time when people need to search. Young people are often looking for meaning," said O'Dea, "It's not only a time when people want to know 'what is God', they also want answers to 'who am I?' "