Feds drop controversial wording in 2019 Summer Jobs program

The federal Liberals have dropped controversial wording in the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs program after a backlash from faith-based groups.

The 2018 form tied pro-abortion beliefs to funding eligibility.

The 2019 version program requires applicants to declare they don't work to infringe on any Canadian's legal rights.

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says the government has been working to make sure it stands up for the rights of Canadians, but that it also works closely with faith-based groups and others so that they can see how they fit into this program.

The program's eligibility criteria has also been tweaked to disqualify any project or summer job that tries to restrict access a woman's ability to access sexual or reproductive health services.

Other disqualifying traits include jobs that restrict the exercise of human rights or that discriminate based on sex, religion, race or ethnic origin.

Those changes and a change widening eligibility to any young person aged 15 to 30, regardless of whether they are students, are among several made to the popular program to be outlined today to MPs.

Employers can begin to apply later this month.