This morning, the Ball government “took steps to streamline the work of departments and agencies.” This entailed 4 department mergers, to reduce the number of deputy minister positions by 5. The following four departments are newly coined as a result of today’s changes:
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.
“Since we took office,” Premier Ball told media, “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.”
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.
|Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
|Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
|Children, Seniors and Social Development
|Education and Early Childhood Development
|Environment and Climate Change
|Associate Secretary to
|Human Resource Secretariat
|Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods
|Health and Community Services
|Justice and Public Safety
|Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
|Office of the Chief Information Officer
|Lori Anne Companion
|Transportation and Works
|Women’s Policy Office