The Liberal Government had introduced a troubling new eligibility requirement this year for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The new rules now require applicants to sign an attestation agreeing with the Trudeau Government’s ideological positions in order to be considered for funding. With the deadline approaching on February 2nd, here are some options on how businesses or not-for-profits can apply to the Canada Summer Jobs Program:
1) If you feel that you are unable in good conscience to sign the attestation, you can print and complete the application and include a brief note explaining that you cannot in good conscience sign the attestation. IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HAS STATED THAT APPLICATIONS WITHOUT THE SIGNED ATTESTATION WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE AND WILL BE REJECTED ON THAT BASIS. Although I am working very hard to put pressure on Justin Trudeau to reverse this dangerous new policy, there are no guarantees that he will eventually back down. If he doesn’t, your application, without the attestation, will be rejected as indicated by the Liberal Government’s public statements.
2) If you feel that you are unable in good conscience to sign the attestation IN FULL, you can print and complete the application, print and sign the attestation, and then strike out the controversial third bullet of the attestation, which states: “Both the job and my organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability or sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.”
Beside this third bullet, you can then write an alternate attestation in the margins, or, write “see attachment,” and provide your alternate attestation on a separate piece of paper. As in option 1), if the Liberal Government does not remove this attestation requirement, your application, without the full attestation as is, could very likely be considered incomplete and rejected on that basis.
3) If you feel that you have no concerns with the attestation, you can apply online HERE.
Paper applications, as in options 1) and 2), can be dropped off in person at a Service Canada Center or sent by mail to:
Canada Summer Jobs
430 Courtneypark Drive E
PO Box 120, 2nd Floor
Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2S5
*Applications via mail must be postmarked on or before February 2, 2018. Applications received by fax or by email will not be considered.*
If you choose to apply to the program, via any format, please let our office know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we can track all the applications submitted.
Please note: The above is designed to provide organizations with information and options only. Organizations are responsible for making the final decisions as to how to proceed. The above options should not be considered legal advice.
For many years now, the Canada Summer Jobs Program provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for students aged 15 to 30.
The application period for Summer 2018 runs from December 19, 2017 to February 2, 2018.
Employers can complete and submit their applications online, by mail or in person (note that faxed applications are not accepted).
To support employers, the Canada Summer Jobs 2018 Applicant Guide is available online. This guide provides instructions on filling out an application, eligibility requirements, and assessment criteria.
If you have any specific questions or need some clarification on the application in general, you can contact Service Canada officials at 1-800-935-5555 for information.
Notification of approved applicants will begin in April 2018, with April 23rd being the earliest start date for students.