Bible camps worry about losing Canada Summer Jobs money

Bible camps worry about losing Canada Summer Jobs money
From CBC - January 12, 2018

Government funding to hire summer staffat religious summer camps in Albertamay not come through after changes to the application process require organizations to express respect for "reproductive rights."

Religious groups such as the Southern AlbertaBible Campsay they ca not agree to that.

"We do not believe that abortion is rightand we are being told that in order to be able to access these grants we need to affirm that," said Jon Gartly, executive director of the SABC.

According to this year's application form for the Canada Summer Jobs program, "the employer attestation ... is consistent with individual human rights in Canada, Charter rights and case law, and the Government of Canada's commitment to human rights, which include women's rights and women's reproductive rights."

One camp could lose out on $40k

The Canada Summer Jobs program subsidies wages for high school and post-secondary students looking for summer work. Both businesses and not-for-profit organizations are eligible, and the federal government specifically says they welcome applications from faith-based organizations in the application form.

According to Gartly, the SABCstands to foregoapproximately $40,000 in funding for around six summer counsellor positions if they cannot access Canada Summer Jobs funding. The Southern Alberta Bible Campis planning to apply without including the affirmation on reproductive rights. If not, the camp will privately fundraiseto make up the shortfall.

'It would be very difficult for us to sign that.' - Bob Kroeker, executive director of Camp Evergreen

Camp Evergreen in Sundre, unsure how they will proceed.

"The initial reaction is that it would be very difficult for us to sign that," said executive director Bob Kroeker. They are not sure if they will apply without the affirmation or forego applying entirely.

A "kerfuffle" over the program

Faith groups still encouraged to apply


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