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Jobs Program: Life and Groups

jobs program: For years local MPs set out which groups would be given priority to receive funding under the jobs program, according to Toronto Star. The Liberals say that under that system, groups which promoted anti-abortion or anti-LGBTQ messages applied for and got federal money, including anti-abortion groups such as Campaign Life Coalition, Life Site News, Priests for Life, and the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform. Two officials who spoke to the Star say the Liberal government hasn't yet received the formal papers but has been advised the group filed an application for judicial review Friday with the Federal Court. After a review last summer, the Liberal government revised eligibility criteria for the program. Article Continued Below The government's website says the new criteria does not exclude churches or faith-based groups, but it does say the group's work must respect Charter values including 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, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. It now requires that the core mandate of an organization must respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. ( As reported in the news.