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Media Advisory: Minister Abbott to Bring Greetings at Ceremony to Celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 14:00

The Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, will bring greetings at a ceremony to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, as well as the recipients of Empower Newfoundland and Labrador’s annual Independent Living Awards, tomorrow (Friday, December 2).

The ceremony takes place at 11:00 a.m. at Government House, 50 Military Road, St. John’s.

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Media Advisory: Minister Stoodley to Announce Funding Support for Canada’s Ocean SuperCluster Project

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 13:30

The Honourable Sarah Stoodley, Minister of Digital Government and Service NL, will announce funding support for Canada’s Ocean SuperCluster project tomorrow (Friday, December 2). The Minister will be joined by Joanne Thompson, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, and Kendra MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.

The event takes place at the Indigo Room of the Alt Hotel, 125 Water Street, St. John’s, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The announcement will be livestreamed at: bit.ly/3FfS1da.

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led transformative cluster model that is driving cross-sector collaboration, accelerating innovation and growing the country’s ocean economy in a way that has never been done before.

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Industry, Energy and Technology
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Feedback Available from Animal Health and Protection Act Review

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 09:35

Feedback gathered during the recent review of the Animal Health and Protection Act is now available online at engageNL.

The aim of the Animal Health and Protection Act is to ensure that all animals covered under the Act are protected and treated humanely. As part of the review process conducted from April to June 2022, the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture sought public and stakeholder feedback to help inform plans to further strengthen the legislation.

The department received 324 submissions via an online questionnaire at engageNL, and held three virtual sessions with targeted stakeholders where 33 individuals representing 12 organizations participated. The department also received 29 written submissions via email from stakeholders and members of the public.

All feedback will be considered as the Provincial Government explores potential amendments to the current legislation.

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“The humane treatment of animals is always our top priority when enacting animal health and protection legislation in Newfoundland and Labrador. We appreciate the thoughtful feedback of all participants in reviewing the Animal Health and Protection Act, and the passion and dedication of the caring people who work tirelessly to ensure the welfare of animals. Your input will help ensure the highest possible standard for animal welfare in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Derrick Bragg
Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture

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Provincial Indigenous Women’s Reconciliation Council to be Established to Support Efforts Related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 13:57

Yesterday, at the 17th annual Provincial Indigenous Women’s Gathering, the Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was joined by the Honourable Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality, and the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation, to announce the Provincial Government’s commitment to establish a Provincial Indigenous Women’s Reconciliation Council.

The formation of a Reconciliation Council was proposed to the Provincial Government in the report “Hear Our Voices: MMIWG Policy Recommendations of the First Women of Newfoundland and Labrador.” This report was created by the Provincial Indigenous Women’s Steering Committee and presented to government in July 2022. The report contains 196 recommendations to address and prevent systemic violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals in the province.

As described in “Hear Our Voices, the Provincial Indigenous Women’s Reconciliation Council will be a mechanism through which to establish a collaborative ongoing working relationship between Indigenous women and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The overall goal of the Reconciliation Council will be to coordinate and lead meaningful action on implementation of the 196 recommendations in the areas of Indigenous culture, health and wellness, justice and human security, leading to lasting changes in legislation, regulations, government directives, policies and procedures.

This action is further commitment from the Provincial Government to work collaboratively and in partnership with Indigenous Governments and Organizations to prevent violence against Indigenous Women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people experience higher levels of violence. Ending this violence requires an approach that is culturally appropriate and informed by the experiences of the Indigenous community.

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“Our government continues to listen to Indigenous Governments, Organizations and individuals who have lived experience of violence in their lives, homes and communities. This Provincial Indigenous Women’s Reconciliation Council will play a key role to further advance work regarding missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in our province.”
Honourable Andrew Furey
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“The establishment of a Provincial Indigenous Women’s Reconciliation Council is a signal that our government understands the inherent importance of addressing violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. We will continue to work with Indigenous Governments and Organizations, as well as the new Reconciliation Council, to advance this work.”
Honourable Pam Parsons
Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality

“The formation of a Provincial Indigenous Women’s Reconciliation Council represents a commitment from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to establish a meaningful partnership with the Provincial Indigenous Women’s Steering Committee. The conversations and consultations initiated by the Steering Committee resulted in a solid report and a set of recommendations that will chart a direction for the Reconciliation Council and lead to lasting changes. We are moving forward together – this is an example of listening and taking action as we continue our collective journey towards achieving Reconciliation.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation

“The establishment of a Reconciliation Council is precedent setting for the Provincial Indigenous Women’s Steering Committee. Our goal is to chart a path forward in good relations between Indigenous women and the Provincial Government to start work on the 196 recommendations in the “Hear Our Voices” report. Establishing the Reconciliation Council is the first step on that path.”
Provincial Indigenous Women’s Steering Committee

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The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was joined by the Honourable Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality, the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation, Lake Melville MHA Perry Trimper, Indigenous Elders, members of the Provincial Indigenous Women’s Steering Committee, invited guests and officials of the Provincial Government at the 17th annual Provincial Indigenous Women’s Gathering, held in North West River, Labrador, November 28-30.

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Public Advisory: Motorists Warned to be Aware of Caribou on the Northern Peninsula

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 10:50

Motorists are being encouraged to be vigilant when travelling on the Northern Peninsula between St. Anthony Airport and Eddies Cove and on the roadway between St. Anthony Airport and the Town of Main Brook.

A significant number of caribou are currently active in these areas, making them vulnerable to vehicular traffic. These animals are expected to remain in the region throughout the late fall and winter.

Motorists can reduce the risk of a caribou-vehicle collision by:

  • Scanning both sides of the highway;
  • Paying attention to caribou warning signs on provincial roads and highways;
  • Avoiding driving at dusk and dawn when caribou are more common alongside roadways;
  • Having passengers also watch for caribou; and
  • Reducing speeds when driving at night when caribou are more difficult to see.

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Premier-Indigenous Leaders’ Roundtable Provides Forum for Presentations and Discussion

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 17:00

The Premier-Indigenous Leaders’ Roundtable held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay today presented an opportunity to discuss and advance common interests and shared goals of the Provincial Government and Indigenous Governments and Organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The roundtable opened on November 27 with a reception that featured Indigenous cultural and musical entertainment.

Discussion at the roundtable included:

  • Mental health and addictions programs, services and action plans;
  • Ongoing work on the development of a Social and Economic Well-being Plan; and
  • Statements from Indigenous leaders.

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“I would like to acknowledge and thank the leaders and their representatives of Indigenous Governments and Organizations for coming together in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the Premier-Indigenous Leaders Roundtable. Meeting face-to-face provided an opportunity for all of us to have meaningful discussions and respectful conversations about ideas and insights for the benefit of Indigenous people and communities.”
Honourable Andrew Furey
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“When we come together as leaders of our respective governments and organizations and share our thoughts and experiences, we enhance our learning and understanding. Our Government is proud of the collaboration and the advances we have made on our shared journey of Reconciliation, but we also realize and acknowledge that there is still much to learn and do.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
Minister for Labrador Affairs

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Participants in the 2022 Premier-Indigenous Leaders Roundtable included: Front: Jennifer Hefler-Elson, Labrador Friendship Centre; Odelle Pike, Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network and People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre; Todd Russell, NunatuKavut Community Council; Premier Andrew Furey; Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs; Chief Joanne Miles, Flat Bay Band-No’kmaq Village; Gerald Asivak, Nunatsiavut Government. Back: Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Health and Community Services; Alicia Neville, Labrador Friendship Centre; John Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation; Kristy Dyson and Jim Holwell, NunatuKavut Community Council; Justin Campbell and Catherine Fagan; First Light St. John’s Friendship Centre; Chief Rhonda Sheppard, St. George’s Band; Lake Melville MHA Perry Trimper; Mary Ann Nui, Innu Nation; and Chief Eugene Hart, Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation. Due to scheduling circumstances, the Miawpukek First Nation, the Newfoundland Native Women’s Association and the Mi’kmaq Assembly of Newfoundland were not able to be represented at the Roundtable. Missing from photo were Grand Chief Etienne Rich, Innu Nation; and Kim Campbell-McLean, Executive Director, AnânauKatiget Tumingit Regional Inuit Women’s Association. Joining the Roundtable virtually was Chief Brendan Mitchell, Qalipu First Nation.

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Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2022-028 Released

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 08:55

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Michael Harvey, has released his Report A-2022-028 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. A summary of the Report is included below.

To view the Report in its entirety, please go to www.oipc.nl.ca/reports/commissioner.

Report: A-2022-028 Report Date: November 24, 2022 Public Body: Memorial University Summary: The Complainant made an access to information request to Memorial University for records related to allegations, complaints, investigations and assessments involving the Complainant at his workplace. The University provided records to the Complainant, but withheld some information pursuant to sections 29(1)(a) (policy advice or recommendations), 31(1)(l) (disclosure harmful to law enforcement) and 40(1) (disclosure harmful to personal privacy). The Complainant filed a complaint with this Office questioning if all records had been provided as well as questioning the decision to withhold some information. During the complaint investigation, the University agreed to release some additional information previously withheld pursuant to sections 29(1)(a) and 40(1) of ATIPPA, 2015. The Commissioner concluded that the University had conducted a reasonable search for records and that the remaining redactions were properly applied.

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Media Advisory: Premier-Indigenous Leaders’ Roundtable to be Held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 08:00

The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will join Leaders of Indigenous Governments and Organizations for the Premier-Indigenous Leaders’ Roundtable today (November 28).

Premier Furey, along with the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation and Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, and participating Indigenous Leaders will hold a media availability at 3:45 p.m. Labrador time (AST) which is 4:15 p.m. NST. The availability will take place via Zoom. To participate, please RSVP to Jillian Hood (jillianhood@gov.nl.ca) who will provide the required information.

Also joining the roundtable discussions will be the Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Perry Trimper, MHA for Lake Melville. The sessions will take place at Hotel North Two, 382 Hamilton River Road, Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The Premier-Indigenous Leaders’ Roundtable provides an opportunity for the Provincial Government to collaborate with Indigenous leaders on matters of mutual interest.

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Enhanced NL 511 Update Now Available

Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:50

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure today released an updated NL 511 service, with enhancements including improved map features, new customized notifications and hands-free audio alerts.

NL 511 provides up-to-date information to help residents and tourists make better-informed decisions before they travel. The service, available in mobile app and desktop versions is now available for download. Existing users do not need to re-download the app, as they will receive notification that an update is available through the Apple App Store or Google Play.

With these updates, users can:

  • Create an account to receive text notifications or e-mails on traffic incidents and road closures;
  • Configure routes and notifications on My511 using the desktop or mobile app;
  • Enter their destination in the mobile app and receive up to three route options with corresponding travel times, and get hands-free audio alerts for your selected route;
  • Create a list of their favourite traffic cameras to view what is happening on the road in real time; and
  • Gain hands-free access to highway and ferry information using a new interactive voice response on the NL 511 phone system.

NL 511 is a free traveler information service operated by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. NL 511 provides near real-time highway, ferry and traffic information to drivers to help them safely plan their route. This includes information on ferry delays, winter road conditions, construction activities, wreckhouse wind warnings, incidents and road closures.

With these new enhancements, ferry updates will still be available for NL 511 App users. However, users will have to update their ferry service settings if they wish to receive push notifications.

The app is free to download by both iPhone and Android users. Users can find the app by typing NL511 in the search field of their app store or by clicking the applicable link:

NL 511 travel updates are also available via telephone by dialing 5-1-1.

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“The NL 511 service provides valuable information to residents and tourists travelling in our province. These enhancements will allow users to take advantage of even more features to keep them safe and in the know while making travel plans. I encourage all residents to download the NL 511 app or use the NL 511 desktop or phone service to stay informed.”
Honourable Elvis Loveless
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

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Provincial Government Enhances Ferry Information for 511 Service

Provincial Government Launches New 511 App, Website and Phone Service

Provincial Government Awards Contract for New ‘511 NL’ Phone, Web and Smartphone Travel Information Service

Provincial Government Issues Request for Proposals for New “511 NL” Transportation Information Service

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Transportation and Infrastructure
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Media Advisory: Minister Abbott to Bring Remarks at Health Care Foundation’s 33rd Annual Eleganza

Fri, 11/25/2022 - 11:40

The Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, will bring remarks at the Health Care Foundation’s annual fundraising gala Eleganza: All That Jazz tomorrow (Saturday, November 26).

The dinner reception starts at 7:00 p.m. and Minister Abbott is scheduled to bring remarks at 7:25 p.m. at the Delta Hotel, 120 New Gower St., St. John’s.

Proceeds from this year’s Eleganza will support Eastern Health’s Emergency and Psychiatric Assessment Unit divisions.

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Provincial and Federal Governments Announce Development of a New 40-Unit Affordable Housing Complex in Pleasantville

Fri, 11/25/2022 - 10:45

The Provincial and Federal Governments today (Friday, November 25) announced an estimated $13.2 million investment, under the National Housing Strategy, to construct a 40-unit affordable, residential apartment complex for low-income households with a focus on seniors and persons with disabilities.

The announcement was made today by the Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation and Joanne Thompson, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

Through the Canada Community Housing Initiative and the Federal Lands Initiative, two pillars of the National Housing Strategy, the Provincial Government acquired federal property in Pleasantville to develop affordable housing. Located on the corner of Charter Avenue and St. John’s Place, the 40-unit building will include one and two-bedroom units.

The building will also exceed local accessibility standards with eight units being fully-wheelchair accessible. The remaining 32 units will have Universal Design features incorporated throughout the property, including items such as widened exterior and interior doors and hallways, and lever-type door handles and faucets. Energy efficiency will also be a key element of the building design.

This new development builds on the commitment of the Federal and Provincial Governments to expand affordable housing in Newfoundland and Labrador through the National Housing Strategy. In 2022, a cost-shared $20.2 million investment was announced to support the construction of 132 affordable housing options in St. John’s, and a further $787,000 cost-shared investment was also announced to develop a new four-unit, affordable residential housing building on Mesher Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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“Today’s announcement highlights the strong partnership between the Provincial and Federal Governments and the progress being made to expand affordable housing options for seniors and persons with disabilities. Plans for this new complex are intended to also include retail and supportive services space on the ground floor to better serve residents.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Our government is committed to helping those in need, which is why we are investing to create 40 new affordable homes for seniors and women in Pleasantville. These new homes are more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who will call them home. This is just one of the many ways our government’s National Housing Strategy is creating safe and affordable housing across Canada.”
Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion and
Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“This announcement aligns with Canada Lands Company’s commitment to provide affordable housing options within its projects and communities across Canada. The Federal Lands Initiative is one of the ways in which our Government continues to unlock surplus land and expand the supply of affordable housing for individuals and families right here in Pleasantville.”
Honourable Helena Jazcek
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“This announcement confirms our commitment to helping seniors and persons with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout the country. Projects like this one are providing safe, affordable housing to many residents in our community while creating jobs and stimulating our economy.”
Joanne Thompson
Member of Parliament for St. John’s East.

“As MHA for Virginia Waters-Pleasantville, I am pleased to see the commitment and collaboration of both the Provincial and Federal Government for this much needed development. Access to supports to maintain housing stability are essential to the social, financial and physical well-being of individuals, families and our communities. This is another great example of the importance of working together to ensure all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have a safe, adequate and affordable place to call home.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and MHA for Virginia Waters-Pleasantville

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Purple Ribbon Flag Raised at Confederation Building to Mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Fri, 11/25/2022 - 09:50

Today the Honourable Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality, hosted a flag raising event at Confederation Building to mark the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, also known as the Purple Ribbon Campaign.

Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes the Purple Ribbon Campaign each year, which starts on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on December 10, World Human Rights Day. The Purple Ribbon flag is raised and the Confederation Building will be lit purple at the commencement of the campaign. These efforts help raise awareness and change attitudes about gender-based violence in the province.

Minister Parsons was joined by Debbie and Philip Hibbs, parents of Juliane Hibbs and violence prevention advocates, as well as Lee Kelly, Program Facilitator at Quadrangle NL, and the drumming group, Wape’k Muin.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to ongoing collaboration with community stakeholders and Indigenous Governments and Organizations to ensure culturally appropriate actions are taken to decrease gender-based violence.

Through Budget 2022, the Office of Women and Gender Equality allocated over $3.2 million in core operational funding to anti-violence organizations and projects to support violence prevention in the province.

Most recently, on November 9, 2022, Newfoundland and Labrador joined all other provinces and territories and the Federal Government to launch the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. Based on the framework of this National Action Plan, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will further build on its violence prevention efforts and will action initiatives that are tailored to the needs of our province.

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“The Purple Ribbon Campaign aims to raise awareness about the issue of gender-based violence in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our government will continue to work with stakeholders to prevent violence and ensure that appropriate supports are in place for people who have been impacted by gender-based violence, while honouring those whose lives have been taken.”
Honourable Pam Parsons
Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality

“Quadrangle NL is an organization built on inclusivity and safety within the community. We support and develop actions that reduce and prevent violence against all people, particularly the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and other groups who continue to experience higher levels of violence.”
Charles Murphy
Executive Director, Quadrangle NL

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Environmental Assessment Bulletin

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 14:10

The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has announced the following relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.

Environmental protection plan approved:

ATV/Argo Trails for Red Indian Lake Outfitting                                 (Reg. 1805)
Proponent: Red Indian Lake Outfitting

The Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) is approved, subject to the following conditions:

  • The Proponent must uphold all commitments made in the environmental assessment submissions to mitigate the effects of the Project on the environment.
  • The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture requires that the EPP be implemented in a phased approach that will enable the Proponent to access Saddler Lake Lodge and Alex Pond Lodge as a first phase of trail development. The Proponent must submit the following information for the approval of the Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, prior to trail construction:
    • ground-truthed digital GPS routes outlining access trails to the Saddler Lake Lodge and to the Alex Pond Lodge;
    • details on stream crossings (e.g. width of stream, stream bank information with photo documentation preferred);
    • proposed measures to mitigate potential adverse environmental effects associated with each stream crossing;
    • the location and length of wetland crossings;
    • proposed measures to mitigate potential adverse environmental effects associated with wetland crossings, with consideration given to the sensitive wildlife periods (e.g. caribou calving and marten denning) for vegetation clearing and ground work; and
    • Crown land application numbers for each trail. For more information, please contact the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture at (709) 637-2500.

The plan is available on the Department’s project web page at www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/projects/project-1805/

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www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/files/GUIDE-TO-THE-PROCESS_May-2022.pdf

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Media Advisory: Minister Abbott to Announce Funding for More Affordable Housing Options

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 12:30

The Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, and the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and MHA for Virginia Waters-Pleasantville, will announce funding to expand affordable and accessible housing options for vulnerable populations tomorrow (Friday, November 25).

The announcement will take place at 11:30 a.m. at 77 Charter Avenue, Pleasantville, St. John’s in the Ground Floor Seniors’ Common Room, accessed via the building’s west entrance.

Minister Abbott and Minister Davis will be joined by Joanne Thompson, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Federal Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion.

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Renewed Mitacs – Newfoundland and Labrador Partnership Connecting Top Post-Secondary Talent With Local Businesses

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 11:50

To help Newfoundland and Labrador businesses access the top talent they need, and to further equip students and recent graduates with the skills required to secure good jobs after graduation, the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology today announced a continued collaboration with Mitacs through a $2 million partnership over the next two years.

Minister Parsons made the announcement at Bounce Health Innovation, and was joined by Tash Ismail, Chief Business Development Officer at Mitacs; Dr. Chandra Kavanagh, Director of Bounce Health Innovation; and Bronwyn Bridges, co-founder of St. John’s-based digital health start-up PragmaClin.

Mitacs is a national not-for-profit that facilitates collaboration between Canada’s private sector and post-secondary institutions, leveraging the strengths of industry, academic researchers and the next generation of top talent to make an impact: driving innovation, stimulating economic growth, and improving Canadians’ well-being.

Through its unique model for work-integrated learning, Mitacs builds productive partnerships – and a strong skilled talent pipeline – between academia and industry.

This two-year partnership between Mitacs and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will produce up to 500 internships, which will help the next generation workforce prepare for high-impact careers, help organizations meet the unprecedented demand for talent, and help attract and retain highly educated young researchers in the province.

Mitacs’ programs enable businesses, health facilities, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador to tap into the knowledge, skills, and expertise embedded at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and the College of the North Atlantic through high-quality, cost-shared internships. By bringing on Mitacs interns, companies can build vital capacity in innovation, strategy, and research in a flexible and affordable way, allowing them to increase productivity, design new or improved offerings, develop groundbreaking technologies, or expand to new markets.

These same programs provide unparalleled opportunities for highly qualified college and university students, postdoctoral fellows and recent graduates to gain invaluable real-world experience in their fields and apply their specialized expertise to find solutions to complex industry challenges. Mitacs, in partnership with the Genesis Centre and the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, also helps entrepreneurial students to pursue their own start-ups. The connections that Mitacs interns – whether they hail from local, domestic, or international communities – make with industry through their Mitacs project allow them to establish their professional networks and set down roots right here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Among the hundreds of organizations Mitacs is supporting across the province, one project currently has six Bounce Health Innovation interns deployed on an International MedTech Innovation Exchange in the United Kingdom. Each intern is representing one Newfoundland and Labrador health tech company on the ground in London, conducting valuable business development work including meeting potential partners, exploring commercial opportunities and researching new markets.

Mitacs’ programs are widely acknowledged by university faculty, policy makers, and business leaders to have a significant positive impact on Newfoundland and Labrador’s economic growth, start-up environment, and research and development landscape.

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“By investing in high-quality work-integrated learning opportunities for students and recent graduates, we are supporting the development of a resilient workforce, while ensuring that employers can access the top talent and ideas they need. Through support of this program, we are developing, attracting and retaining the talent needed to fuel Newfoundland and Labrador’s knowledge based economy.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology

“At a time when our economy, our environment, and our very future is at risk, the path to sustainable prosperity relies on cross-sector collaboration, access to skilled talent, and the capacity to innovate. In this lies an opportunity for our innovators to do things differently, to build things better, and to become the architects of solutions rather than waiting for answers. That’s the mission of Mitacs: to create change by harnessing the power of innovation. We see that resolve in Newfoundland and Labrador, too – to discover and design new solutions for everything from healthcare challenges to financial crime to climate change. We are excited and optimistic about our renewed partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. With the generous support of the province, our team will continue, with our industry and post-secondary partners, to deliver real impact.”
Tash Ismail
Chief Business Development Officer, Mitacs

“Mitacs has enabled Bounce to help grow the pipeline of tech, business and leadership talent by connecting students and researchers to medtech start-ups. This program supports students and researchers in gaining valuable experience. At the same time it allows new companies to work with highly talented individuals, and drive their business forward.”
Dr. Chandra Kavanagh
Director, Bounce Health Innovation

“The International MedTech Innovation Exchange program ran through Bounce Health Innovation and Memorial University has allowed PragmaClin to make strides we could have never imagined. Since having our intern in the UK funded through Mitacs, we have been able to secure a validation trial partner with one of the top neurologists. We continue to work with Kings College and Kings College Hospital on a weekly basis to begin the process of validating our software across the globe and without this program it would not have been possible. The Mitacs program has allowed Emily to be fully focused on the success of PragmaClin and increasing the impact we can have worldwide. Without programs such as these, I truly believe that PragmaClin would not exist or have as much success as we have had.”
Bronwyn Bridges
Co-Founder, PragmaClin

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Industry, Energy and Technology
709-729-5777, 725-9655
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Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Public Affairs
Mitacs
782-640-4438
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Bounce Health Innovation
709-725-3313
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PragmaClin Research Inc.
902-439-2195
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‘Watershed’ Population Growth in 2022 for Newfoundland and Labrador

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 10:15

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador made history in 2022 by exhausting the yearly permanent residency spaces issued by the Federal Government, resulting in a record year for immigration achieved nearly two months prior to year’s end. This is the first time the Provincial Government has completely used up spaces in both the Provincial Nominee Program and the Atlantic Immigration Program, with more than 132 applications being deferred to 2023.

In 2022, the Federal Government issued 1,593 spaces for the Provincial Government to nominate newcomers for permanent residency. Due to federal rules preventing additional spaces from becoming available this year, the precedent-setting pace of immigration has ground to a halt. Forecasting a record year for immigration, the Provincial Government requested a substantial increase in spaces for 2022, but was denied.

For the Provincial Government to continue its accelerated population growth, the Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Immigration Population Growth and Skills, is calling on the Federal Government to double immigration spaces for Newfoundland and Labrador to 3,050 total spaces.

While provincial nominations have effectively closed for 2022, the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism continues to accept applications. These applications will be forwarded to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for processing following January 1, 2023.

The 2022 record number of immigration spaces filled is a 53 per cent increase from the previous record set in 2021. When spouses and dependents are included, the 1,593 applications represent some 3,345 candidates for permanent residency.

This historic immigration milestone comes on the heels of Statistics Canada reporting that Newfoundland and Labrador is experiencing the fastest population growth in 50 years. Immigration is the primary driver of this growth, with 5,666 newcomers arriving in the province since the start of 2021.

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“Under Premier Furey’s leadership, our government’s efforts to turbocharge population growth that began in 2021 have resulted in this watershed moment for Newfoundland and Labrador. For us to achieve even greater success, we are calling on the Federal Government to double our immigration spaces for 2023. We are turning the tide of forecasted population decline, but we need the Federal Government to act on our call, so our population growth will not be obstructed, newcomers will not face longer processing times, and there will not be fewer immigration spaces of which to avail.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills

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Media Advisory: Purple Ribbon Flag Raising Event to be Held at Confederation Building

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 08:00

The Honourable Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality, will host a flag raising event tomorrow (Friday, November 25) to mark the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, also known as the Purple Ribbon Campaign.

The event will take place in the lobby of East Block, Confederation Building at 10:30 a.m.

Minister Parsons will be joined by Mrs. Debbie Hibbs, mother of gender-based violence victim Juliane Hibbs, as well as Lee Kelly of Quadrangle NL. There also will be a performance by the Wape’k Muin drumming group.

Parking will be available in front of East Block, and guests are asked to enter using the main entrance facing Prince Philip Drive. Guests who require an accessible entrance can use the blue zone parking behind East Block and enter through the “Public Gallery Entrance”. The event will also be livestreamed on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Facebook page.

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Media Advisory: Minister Byrne to Deliver Immigration Update

Thu, 11/24/2022 - 06:03

The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills, will deliver an update on provincial immigration performance for 2022 and expectations for 2023 today (November 24).

 

The availability will take place in the Media Centre, East Block, Confederation Building at 11:30 a.m.

 

The availability will be livestreamed on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Facebook page.

 

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Public Advisory: Public Exams Cancelled for 2022-23 School Year, Under Review for Future Years

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 14:05

The Department of Education is expanding its current review of assessment in the province’s K-12 schools. As that review is ongoing, a decision has been made to cancel public exams for the 2022-23 school year.

The public exam system as it existed pre-COVID 19 may no longer meet the educational needs of students. The Department is expanding its review of the current public exam system, with a view to creating an innovative, up-to-date system of evaluating high school students.

The Department of Education continues to support teachers in the evaluation and assessment of students, and thanks them for their commitment to high-quality learning.

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Public Advisory: Provincial Government Reminding Residents of COVID-19 Recommendations and the Importance of Keeping up to Date on Vaccinations

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 13:50

COVID-19 activity remains relatively steady in the province. As we move into the winter season where people will spend more time indoors, the Provincial Government is reminding residents of the current guidance for people with COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or another respiratory illness, stay at home until your symptoms have improved and you haven’t had a fever for at least 24 hours. For 10 days after your symptoms started, you should:

  • Wear a mask outside your household.
  • Avoid non-essential visits to high-risk areas, including hospitals, long-term care homes, large crowded settings and social gatherings.
  • Avoid non-essential close contact with high-risk individuals, including those with chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and older adults.

This year, Public Health is anticipating an active influenza season that will combine and interact with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other circulating viruses. To minimize the impact of these viruses this winter, Public Health encourages residents of the province to get the influenza vaccine, and ensure COVID-19 vaccinations are up to date. Both vaccines are proven to be safe and effective ways of reducing the spread of influenza and COVID-19, and the incidence of severe disease from these viruses. Residents five years of age and older can receive both vaccines simultaneously.

Appointments can be made through participating pharmacists and physicians. Additionally, appointments can be booked through regional health authority clinics by visiting www.timefortheshot.ca/vaccines. You may need to check periodically for walk-in clinics and availability of appointments.

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