Hiring policies remain unchanged for World Vision Canada

“Christian identity” still firmly intact, representative says

MISSISSAUGA, ON—World Vision Canada (WVC)’s hiring policies will remain unaffected, following an announcement that the organization’s American arm would be changing its policies to employ same-sex married persons, provided they come from a Christian background. Two days later, following extreme backlash from supporters, World Vision U.S. reversed its decision.

“In Canada, our situation is different because of our legal and political environment,” said Don Moore, national church relations ambassador for WVC, in a blog published on the organization’s Church Engagement webpage.

“We do not ask questions about sexual orientation or marriage during our interviews, and we don’t have a lifestyle code of conduct for staff,” Moore says. “World Vision Canada’s hiring policies on this issue follow federal and Ontario provincial laws.”

Moore also iterates that “World Vision Canada is not a church but a humanitarian organization,” something that informs their hiring policies. Specifically, lifestyle matters, especially controversial or divisive ones, “are matters to be addressed by church and faith community leaders.”

For WVC, Moore writes, it’s important that all hired staff be united around the organization’s mission of following Christ in serving the poor, and that they recognize that World Vision Canada works from a specifically Christian perspective.

“When they join World Vision they are aligning with us as a Christian organization,” Moore says.

“When it comes to working with the poor, World Vision serves children, families and communities, regardless of whether they are aligned with our values or not.”

(World Vision Canada)

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