On March 19, Parliament will vote on a motion addressing the attestation requirement for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Just before Christmas last year, the federal government announced that Canada Summer Job grant applications would require an attestation of support for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and a particular interpretation of reproductive rights.
Many Christian charities, as well as charities from other religious backgrounds, oppose the attestation requirement because it requires non-government actors to agree with government perspective on reproductive rights in order to access funding. We have heard from churches who have applied without checking the attestation box that their funding is in jeopardy.
Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition has introduced the following motion aimed at ensuring that charities who don’t sign the attestation can still access CSJ funding:
"That, in the opinion of the House, organizations that engage in non-political non-activist work, such as feeding the homeless, helping refugees, and giving kids an opportunity to go to camp, should be able to access Canada Summer Jobs funding regardless of their private convictions and regardless of whether or not they choose to sign the application attestation."
Urge your MP to support this motion!