October 26, 2021

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WE Charity lays off contract workers who would have administered university student services grant

WE Charity lays off contract workers who would have administered student service grant

WE Charity laid off hundreds of contract personnel who were being introduced in to administer the federal government’s Canada Student Support Grant, according to a statement from the charity on Saturday.

In accordance to the Toronto Star, who very first described the story, WE Charity had employed 465 contract personnel ahead of the charity and Ottawa finished their partnership of the CSSG. Subsequently, WE Charity laid off 450 of them, while supplying the other 15 entire-time positions, the Star claimed.

“With the governing administration funding no for a longer time offered we experienced to make the exceptionally tricky final decision to finish the contracts for these employed to provide the CSSG application. Extra shell out was offered based mostly on tenure, in addition to compensation for the time they had labored,” the charity claimed in a assertion to CBC News.

Primary Minister Justin Trudeau and his authorities have been underneath hearth considering the fact that saying on June 25 they have been awarding a $19.5 million sole-resource deal to WE Charity to administer the CSSG, a $912 million system presenting grants of in between $1,000 and $5,000 to put up-secondary pupils in return for supervised volunteer several hours.

The federal Ethics Commissioner has stated he will investigate the conclusion to award the deal to WE. On Friday, the opposition Conservatives called for a legal investigation into Trudeau and his ties to the WE Charity following CBC News and Canadaland claimed that, despite first statements, WE experienced economical dealings with some of Trudeau’s family members users, most notably his mother Margaret and brother Alexandre.

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As well, two members of Finance Minister Invoice Morneau’s relatives have ties to WE Charity — a person of them as a paid out deal employee. Morneau did not recuse himself from the Liberal cabinet’s thing to consider of the contract for the charity, CBC Information and Canadaland reported.

WE Charity said on July 3 it was pulling out of administering CSSG, citing the ongoing controversy bordering it and the government’s decision to give the sole-source agreement to WE. Trudeau said the federal federal government would consider above the system.

“WE Charity made the selection to not consider any of the cash that had been allocated to spend for the function sent for the CSSG method. All sunk expenditures and remaining payments to contractors and suppliers are currently being paid for by WE Charity,” the charity reported Saturday.