The Canada Summer Jobs program has, for many years, provided funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer job opportunities for full-time students aged 15 to 30 years.
This year, however, applicants for a summer jobs grant will be forced to sign an “attestation” that amounts to a declaration of their values. If they don’t sign, they don’t get money to hire summer students.
That’s unfair. And it’s un-Canadian.
This values test has no place in our tolerant, inclusive society.
It has already hurt community organizations that use these grants to provide important services to people who need them. Like help for refugees and recent immigrants. Or programs for Canadians with disabilities. And even summer camps for children.
We know this is wrong.
All Canadians should be treated equally, regardless of their personal faith or deeply-held beliefs.
You can always depend on us to defend every Canadian’s fundamental freedoms.