Kamloops (December 19, 2017): Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo, says that today’s launch of Canada Summer Jobs comes with some major changes to the rules for employers.
This year, Service Canada imposed a new requirement for Canada Summer Jobs applicants. Applications are required to sign an “attestation” which informs Service Canada that their organizations’ core mandate respects individual human rights in Canada. These include the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights, including reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
“Service Canada will rely on applicants to determine eligibility based on the signed attestation. If false information is provided, eligibility and funding could be revoked from the organization. It is difficult to say what kind of monitoring Service Canada may introduce to ensure that signed attestations are accurate,” said McLeod. “Further, if an applicant does not sign the attestation, their application will be considered incomplete and their organization will be ineligible for funds.”
“The right to freedom of belief and opinion is guaranteed by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadians should be very concerned that the Government of Canada is basing funding decisions on whether or not you hold a certain belief,” stated McLeod.
“Many churches and organizations are reaching out to me and are very concerned that they won’t get support for their summer camps because of their religious values,” concluded McLeod.