March 20th, 2018
Office of Harold Albrecht, MP
Ottawa, ON – Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, expressed disappointment that the Liberal government defeated the Conservative motion that would remove Justin Trudeau’s values test from the Canada Summer Jobs Application.
Conservatives put forward the following motion: “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.”
The motion was defeated 207 to 93 with all but one Liberal in attendance voting against the motion. All Conservative MPs in attendance voted in favour.
The Canada Summer Jobs Program provides funding to assist employers and not-for-profit organizations to create summer job opportunities for full-time students. However, just before Christmas, the Liberal Government quietly changed the rules of the program to require applicants to sign an attestation agreeing with the government’s ideological positions or be rejected for government funding.
More than 1,500 organizations from across the country were unwilling to sign the new discriminatory attestation and have received notices that their applications have been rejected.
“The government has gone beyond allowing neutrality and is compelling individuals and organizations to affirm their support for the Liberal Government’s position on a variety of issues,” said Harold.
He continued, “The list of approved projects I have received this year is unlike any other year. Several organizations who have received steady, annual Canada Summer Jobs funding to hire students, are not listed because of their unwillingness to sign on to the government’s values test.”
Harold Albrecht will be reviewing the allotments awarded and keeping in contact with those who have received funding in the past, but have been rejected this year as a result of the values test.
The CSJ initiative provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people ages 15-30 who are gull-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
Service Canada officials completed their assessment of applications in April and the assessment timeline was designed to have students on the job as early as possible.