Faith Leaders Ask Government to Revise Canada Summer Jobs Requirements

24 January 2018
TORONTO, ON – In the wake of new rules for employers applying for the Canada Summer Jobs grant, a diverse group of faith leaders will gather in Toronto on Thursday to release an inter-faith statement signed by 80 religious leaders, organizations and institutions, and discuss the impact the new rules will have on faith-based charitable organizations.

To be eligible for funding, employers must affirm an attestation that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect certain “values” determined by the federal government. Organizations unable or unwilling to endorse the attestation have been told they will be ineligible for the grant.

Canada Summer Jobs Grant Media Event – Thursday, January 25, 2018

Where: St. Benedict’s Catholic Church - 2194 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke M9W4K9

When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • 1:00 p.m. – Remarks from faith leaders and past Summer Jobs grant recipients
  • 1:25 p.m. – Opportunities for questions, 1/1 interviews
  • [WEB EDITOR'S NOTE: The event should be viewable live online at]
Who: Confirmed attendees include:
  • Imam Refaat Mohamed – Canadian Council of Imams
  • Rabbi Chaim Strauchler – Shaarei Shomayim Congregation
  • Cardinal Thomas Collins – Archbishop of Toronto (representing the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)
  • Bruce Clemenger, President – The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
  • Representatives of past Canada Summer Job grant recipient groups
Media contacts:

Rick Hiemstra, Director of Media Relations
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
613-233-9868 x332

Neil MacCarthy
Archdiocese of Toronto
416-879-2846 (Cell)

Rabbi Chaim Strauchler