Darwin Pichette
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Dear Pastors and Church Leaders; With the application season upon us for the Canada Summer Jobs grant (December 17, 2018 to January 25, 2019), I wanted to email you about the changes the Canadian government has made regarding the ‘attestation’ clause in the 2018 grant application. You may have already noticed that the Canadian government has changed the wording in the 2019 application, following a great deal of pushback last year. As a result, the moral position of the applying organization is now listed only as one of the options to choose from. To protect the continued moral stand of your church, it is highly recommended that the church would not choose this when selecting their options on page 3 of the application (box 2) of who may be hired. It is highly recommended that you would not indicate that you would check off LGBQ2+. Although, it would be your choice whether you would minister to those within the LGBQ2+ community found on page 3 (box 1).  The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has put out a great document (attached or linked below) explaining the 2019 application process and options, making their recommendations to all Canadian evangelical churches. The EFC was very instrumental last year in pushing for this new change and therefore have become a helpful partner for your church to continue to work alongside. 

Breaking News (from EFC)·        

The EFC’s analysis is now available. It examines three elements in the 2019 application: New wording for the Employer's Attestation that replaces the unacceptable values test from 2018; New criteria for Ineligible Projects and Job Activities which disqualify organizations that engage primarily or solely in pro-life advocacy work; and a Required Description of Hiring Practices to ensure an inclusive workplace free of discrimination (six-page PDF, 3 Jan. 2019)

The Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) has also put out a great document (listed below) for your review.

Blessings as you continue to move forward through the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs grant process.