If we hope to see the Canada Summer Jobs policy changed, it is important that we keep talking about it and raising the issue with MPs and others. Here is a new video (Update and Call to Action, March 13) followed by two more ways you can engage.
1. Contact your MP before the March 19 vote in the House of Commons
On March 19, MPs will vote on a motion on the Canada Summer Jobs program. The motion affirms that organizations that do non-political, non-activist work should be able to access summer student funding regardless of their private convictions and whether or not they sign the attestation of values and beliefs.
This motion will not require the government to change the policy, but it brings critical attention to our concerns and will further help shape the public and political debate on the issue. If the motion is passed, it will communicate to the government that the policy should be changed for next year.
Over the next two weeks leading up to the vote, MPs are in their ridings. This is an excellent opportunity to call or meet with your MP about this issue and ask if they will support this motion. Before you call or write, you may find it helpful to read through the EFC’s Talking Points on the policy for background (.docx or .pdf, Feb. 27, 2018).
Find your MP’s contact information here.
Here’s a sample letter focused on the upcoming motion that you can use with your MP (.docx or .pdf, March 6, 2018).
The Opposition Day motion was introduced on March 1, and says:
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.
2. Consider the petition
An online petition on the House of Commons website calls on the government to remove the new attestation from the Canada Summer Jobs application. It also asks the government to allow Canadians to exercise freedom of religion and expression without facing discrimination. Consider signing the petition and sharing it with others.
What else you can do
All along, we have been asking for help in the following three ways:
- If your organization usually applies for this grant and is being affected by this change in policy, please contact feedback@TheEFC.ca and let us know. We want to track the impact of this change.
- Call or email your Member of Parliament to express your concern, and ask them to seek changes to the policy. If your organization is directly affected by this policy, let your MP know. The EFC continues to offer updated sample letters you can use (see TheEFC.ca/SummerJobs, where you will also find our latest updates).
- Pray for religious freedom in Canada to be protected and respected, for our affiliates to be able to continue to work for the good of our society without hindrance, and for God to be glorified.