Parliament of the World's Religions Coming to Toronto

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is coming to Toronto in the fall of 2018. 

Established in 1893, this Parliament is the largest interfaith gathering in the world. It was formed to create harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities, with the goal of building a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. 

Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the Parliament in 2018, representing 80 nations and 200 spiritual and religious traditions.  The program will include addresses from respected figures around the world.  Past speakers have included the Dalai Lama, former South African President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Queen Rania of Jordan, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former Vice-President Al Gore, and Primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall. 

During the seven days of the Parliament, members of religious communities around the world will be inspired by influential speakers and will generate ideas for responding together to the most urgent global issues of the day, such as climate change, violence and inequality.  Sub-themes for Toronto could include Indigenous spirituality, the sacred feminine and emerging youth leadership.

Held every three years at locations around the world, the Parliament is considered to be a major international event.  Mayor John Tory and Parliament Executive Director Dr. Larry Greenfield held a news conference to welcome the Parliament to Toronto on May 2, 2017.  The Parliament will take place from October 31 to November 7, 2018, at the Metro Convention Centre.

If you would like more information, please contact Molly Horan at or Chander Khanna at, or call 647 215-9645.