Premier Ball Announces Changes to Structure of Government

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Today the Provincial Government is taking steps to streamline the work of departments and agencies to deliver better management, more efficient planning and sound governance. As part of this restructuring a number of departments and agencies will be combined and five deputy minister roles will be eliminated which represents a 19 per cent reduction.

“Since we took office, we have been closely reviewing the structure of government and identifying opportunities to streamline. By implementing this new structure we are continuing to adapt to our fiscal climate, with a goal of setting this province on a stronger economic footing. The restructuring of government is an ongoing process and the changes announced today mark the first step on that road.”
– The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

Below is an overview of the changes being made:

Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development This new department combines the responsibilities of the former departments of Child, Youth and Family Services, and Seniors, Wellness and Social Development.

Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods This new department brings the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency under the umbrella of the former Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour The functions of the Labour Relations Agency will now fall to the Department of Advanced Education and Skills.

Department of Environment and Climate Change This new department combines the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency with the former Department of Environment and Conservation.

In addition to the actions above, the Office of Public Engagement will become part of Executive Council under Communications Branch, while the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office will move to the Department of Justice and Public Safety. Fire and Emergency Services-Newfoundland and Labrador will become part of the Department of Municipal Affairs.

“These decisions reflect our government’s long-term goals and mark an important step in creating an efficient and focused public service. This new structure leverages operational strengths while at the same time puts emphasis on a more streamlined delivery of programs and services. We recognize and appreciate the dedication of all public service employees as we make these changes in the structure of government.”
– Premier Ball

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Media contact:
Michelle Cannizzaro
Media Relations Manager
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960, 725-9231
michellecannizzaro@gov.nl.ca