Dec7FriDecember 7, 2018
Earlier this year, there was significant concern among religious groups regarding the Canada Summer Jobs Grants program. The 2018 requirements for accessing government funds to hire summer students had a negative impact on many Canadian charities.
Several faith-based organizations objected to the 2018 requirements, stating that they were an infringement on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, recent changes to the 2019 requirements addresses this infringement.
Julia Beazley, director of public policy for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), states, "Our primary concern with last year’s attestation was that it was, in effect, a values test. And that values test was an infringement on the Charter-guaranteed freedoms of conscience, thought, belief, opinion and expression. While there are still restrictions on the kinds of jobs or activities that can be funded under the program, that values test is gone.”
The Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada (EMCC), along with our affiliate partner, the EFC, are pleased with the recent changes to the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs attestation and eligibility criteria for employers and projects.
The EFC believes the 2019 Summer Jobs guidelines is a is a significant improvement. As stated in this article, published on December 7, 2018, “The restrictions are limited to the student employment activities rather than the values of the employers.”
For more details on the changes to the Summer Jobs Grants program, and an ongoing list of resources on this topic from the EFC, please visit their website.
The following is the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs attestation and the eligibility criteria for employers and projects:
Ineligible Projects and Job Activities: