Ottawa, Canada, May 10, 2018 / 13:49 pm
A recent survey indicates that a majority of Canadians disapprove of a new provision in the Canada Summer Job Grants program which requires organizations to support the government's pro-choice view to receive public funding.
The CSJ grant helps fund summer programs overseen by small businesses, non-profit organizations, and faith-based employers. To date, the program has funded an estimated 70,000 summer jobs for students in college or secondary school.
Under new requirements, announced earlier this year, organizations must check a box professing their alignment with Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, case law, and other government commitments – including "reproductive rights, and the rights of gender-diverse and transgender Canadians."
The recent Canadian poll was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal and charitable organization with nearly 2 million members worldwide.