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Blue Book Progress Update

Blue Book Progress UpdateLess than two years into its current mandate, the Provincial Government had completed or substantially completed 43 per cent of its Blue Book commitments: 228 of the 534 commitments had been acted on, while considering the fiscal situation of the province and ensuring long term sustainability.

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Muskrat Falls

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Strengthening Child, Youth and Family Services in 2013

cyfs2013(January 3, 2014) The transformation of service delivery for children, youth and their families has remained a key priority for the Provincial Government throughout 2013. Significant progress continues to be made in the areas of child protection with the creation of nearly 80 new foster homes, as well as child care services that has seen almost a 70 per cent increase in the number of regulated child care spaces throughout the province.

Investing in post-secondary education, training

post-secondary education and training(January 3, 2014) “Through our investments, post-secondary students in Newfoundland and Labrador have the lowest tuition fees in Canada, there is renewed pride in Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic, and more people are moving here to receive their education and are choosing to make this province their home – to work here and raise a family. As a government, we believe in our youth, we believe in our people, and we believe in our future,” said Minister Kevin O’Brien.

Emergency response vehicles, firefighting equipment

(January 3, 2014) The Provincial Government continued to deliver on its commitment to enhance public safety in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador this past year through firefighting infrastructure programs valued at approximately $1.8 million. Eight new emergency response vehicles were purchased and over 30 communities received new firefighting equipment through cost-sharing arrangements with the Provincial Government in 2013.

Health infrastructure enhancements

health-centre(January 2, 2014) Ensuring access to modern and new health care facilities and equipment continues to be a priority for the Provincial Government. This is demonstrated by the more than 30 health care infrastructure projects that have been completed or are under development in all regions of the province over the past 10 years, including 12 anticipated to be completed in 2014.

Growth in aquaculture industry

aquaculture-industry(January 2, 2014) The provincial aquaculture industry is expected to achieve record-breaking production value two years in a row, as it is projected to generate more than $180 million in 2013. In 2012, the total production value of provincial finfish and shellfish aquaculture exceeded $120 million. As part of efforts to continue the success of the industry, the Provincial Government held aquaculture consultations in November and December to update the Provincial Government’s strategic plan for aquaculture.

Investments in clean, safe drinking water

(January 2, 2014) Drinking water projects valued at $8.9 million are currently underway, including work on new facilities and the upgrading of water treatment infrastructure, distribution systems and feasibility studies. A number of key drinking water projects were announced this year across the province.

Advancing long-term care

(December 31, 2013) In 2013, more than 20,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians received services through the Long-Term Care and Community Support Services Program. Guided by the Close to Home strategy, clients of the program have access to new and improved services as a result of recent initiatives including enhanced care options and age-friendly transportation options.

Supporting the well-being of Aboriginal people

(December 31, 2013) Significant achievements were made in 2013 as the Provincial Government continues to advocate for the social and economic well-being of Aboriginal people in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Investing in early childhood learning

(December 31, 2013) Parents of infants throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are now receiving early childhood learning resource kits, directly from their local public health clinic, at key points in their baby’s early development. As of September 2013, almost 11,000 kits have been distributed to infants at age two, four and six months.

Investments in social housing

nlhc(December 31, 2013) In 2013, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) continues to provide affordable and innovative social housing to families, seniors, and single adults with low incomes, as well as persons with disabilities and persons with complex needs. Along with 5,556 affordable rental units province-wide, NLHC provided 1,732 rent supplements in 2013 valued at $8 million to help people afford private landlord rents.

Investments in protection and access to justice

cfseu(December 30, 2013) With significant investments in 2013, highlighted by the creation of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Government continued to make communities safer for families and children while ensuring that the justice system remains accessible to residents. Another significant achievement was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association of Newfoundland and Labrador which augments air search support services in the province. …

Vessel Replacement Strategy advances

ferry(December 30, 2013) The Provincial Government significantly advanced its vessel replacement strategy in 2013, committing more than $110 million to build new ferries and improve marine transportation infrastructure.

Supporting Sustainable Communities Initiative

(December 30, 2013) The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is supporting the Nunatsiavut Government’s Sustainable Communities Initiative to provide Inuit communities with tools and resources to adapt to climate change. The Provincial Government has provided $150,000 in funding for the Sustainable Communities Initiative over the past two years.

New vital statistics services

(December 30, 2013) “These new services are providing individuals with easier access to government programs, whether it’s our new Bundled Birth Service package to help new parents apply for Federal and Provincial Government child benefits, or the new online service for birth, marriage and death certificates. By improving such important services, this government is demonstrating its commitment to families and communities,” said Minister Dan Crummell.

Tourism industry strong

tourism(December 30, 2013) With more than 17,000 people employed in the tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, visitation to the province surpassing the 500,000 mark, and tourist spending exceeding $1 billion in 2011, the Provincial Government’s investment in the industry has firmly established the Newfoundland and Labrador brand as a premiere tourism destination. The Find Yourself tourism marketing campaign has become one of the most recognizable advertising campaigns in the country, winning more than 207 regional, national and international awards since 2006.

Major school infrastructure milestones

(December 27, 2013) “I had the great pleasure of attending the sod turning for the new intermediate school in Corner Brook, visiting the proposed site of a new school for Grades 4-6 in Gander, touring the newly-constructed Carbonear Academy, and marking the beginning of Phase II redevelopment at Exploits Valley High in Grand Falls-Windsor. I also visited the site of the new St. Teresa’s school and announced the beginning of construction for a new high school in the west end of St. John’s,” said Minister Clyde Jackman.

Enhanced health and safety in 2013

rig(December 27, 2013) A number of initiatives by Service NL resulted in enhanced health and safety for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in 2013, both at work and at home. “As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we have introduced a number of important and effective initiatives across the province, as well as legislative enhancements to offshore safety practices and the Highway Traffic Act,” said Minister Dan Crummell.

More information available online

open(December 24, 2013) Newfoundland and Labrador is the only province in Canada to post all government department responses to general access to information requests online. Since January 2013, the Provincial Government has posted more than 260 responses to general requests for information. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to open and transparent government and to engaging youth, the volunteer sector, families and communities to build a vibrant and prosperous province.

Advancing growth through trade missions

trade(December 24, 2013) With strategic investments of $220,000 in support of participation in international trade missions in 2013, the Provincial Government remains firmly committed to supporting business development opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador. “In 2013, our government has provided funding support to 90 companies, supporting local business attendance to 21 trade missions to Brazil, China, Germany, London, Ireland, the United States, Panama and Costa Rica,” said Minister Charlene Johnson.

Film industry a strong economic driver in 2013

(December 24, 2013) The film and television production community in Newfoundland and Labrador continued its momentum in 2013, with established filmmakers partnering with producers, actors and crew to create a number of productions which garnered national and international attention. By the end of 2013, $260 million in total production activity leveraged more than $200 million into the province’s film and television sector since 1997.

Remarkable year for natural resource sector

hydro(December 24, 2013) The offshore petroleum industry is poised for growth with sanction of the Hebron Project and an agreement achieved on the White Rose Extension. The discovery of oil in the frontier area of the Flemish Pass Basin and implementation of a new scheduled land tenure system will help encourage exploration activity and attract investment into the province. The mining industry will continue to evolve with Canadian and overseas investors demonstrating a healthy interest in the province’s mineral potential and investment opportunities. Completion of the Federal Loan Guarantee and financing are major milestones completed this year for the Muskrat Falls Project.

Fishery value projected to exceed $1 billion

(December 23, 2013) The provincial fishing industry is projected to once again achieve approximately $1 billion in total production value in 2013, and is well positioned to exceed that value in the coming years given the tremendous new developments that took place over the past year.

NL benefits from strong economy in 2013

(December 23, 2013) Newfoundland and Labrador continued to benefit from a strong economy in 2013, leading all provinces in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and capital investment growth. Over the last decade, the province has shown substantial growth in capital investment, employment, average weekly earnings, personal income, disposable income and retail sales. “This continued economic growth, along with unprecedented reductions in income tax by our government putting over $500 million annually back into the pockets of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, has resulted in more disposable income for residents,” said Minister Tom Marshall.

Ovations applauds women leaders

(December 23, 2013) Efforts by the Provincial Government to advance women in leadership were enhanced this past year with the exceptionally successful launch of the first ever celebration event of women’s leadership in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ovations: Applauding the Accomplishments of Women in Our Communities. “Women shape the history and culture of this province and are instrumental to its growth and development,” said Minister Joan Shea.

Advancing child, youth and family services

(December 23, 2013) During 2013, the Provincial Government continued to transform service delivery for children, youth and their families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Several new initiatives were implemented this year with a specific focus on ensuring the safety and well-being of children and youth, which included improving supports and services in Natuashish, introducing new adoption legislation, and enhancing youth supports. “As we continue to make the necessary reforms to safeguard our province’s most vulnerable children and youth, the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services is further strengthening all programs and services with the introduction of new initiatives and enhancements to existing programming,” said Minister Paul Davis.

Benefitting both workers and employers

(December 20, 2013) Injured workers in Newfoundland and Labrador will receive increased benefits as a result of enhancements to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Regulations. At the same time, employers will also benefit from reduced assessment rates. “With prudent management of the workers’ compensation system and a growing culture of safety over the past decade, the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission is now in a position to address the concerns of workers and employers by providing improved benefits and reduced assessment rates,” said Minister Dan Crummell.

RFP for new Corner Brook regional hospital

(December 20, 2013) With functional space programming near completion for the new regional hospital in Corner Brook, the Provincial Government is moving to the next phase with the issue of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of a detailed construction design. “The replacement of Western Memorial Regional Hospital is an exciting endeavour for Western Newfoundland and the province’s health care system,” said Minister Susan Sullivan. “The new hospital’s layout, services, and overall functionality are all being designed to complement the long-term demographics and needs of Western Newfoundland. Upon its completion, the new hospital will be a flagship for health care services.”

Scheduled land tenure system to benefit NL

(December 19, 2013) The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador supports today’s announcement by the C-NLOPB to implement a scheduled land tenure system in the province’s offshore. “The introduction of a scheduled land tenure system in Newfoundland and Labrador will expand the timeframe for seismic acquisition and help to attract exploration interest from new operators in the province’s offshore. The new system will benefit all participants including government, seismic contractors, operators, the regulator and most importantly, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador who reap the dividends of responsible resource development,” said Minister Derrick Dalley.

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More from 2013

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2013 Report to the PC AGM

From Premier and PC Party Leader Kathy Dunderdale’s address to delegates attending the Party’s 61st Annual General Meeting on September 20, 2013:

Let me start off this evening with a few facts people are not likely to hear on open line shows, read in Telegram editorials or get from our political opponents.

Whenever someone tells you how bleak things are these days in Newfoundland and Labrador, set the record straight.

Tell them all five of Canada’s major banks have announced that Newfoundland and Labrador will post the fastest economic growth in Canada this year.

The Conference Board of Canada says we’ll post the strongest growth, not just this year, but over the next two years.

This province that I am so proud and honoured to lead is leading the country!

We are standing strong. Our province is growing. Confidence is on the rise. Opportunities are on the rise. Families are reaping the benefits!

We have more doctors and nurses delivering health care in our province today than ever before in our history – greater access to advanced medical equipment and services, shorter wait times, and better outcomes.

Access to child care is greater.

The number of teachers per student in our classrooms is higher. Class sizes are lower. Costs to parents are lower.

The cost of a post-secondary education is lower. Job prospects for skilled workers are greater.

Newfoundland and Labrador is not the province we found when we took office a decade ago.

There are more people working in our province than ever before. People are coming home from across Canada and around the world to work here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Imagine that!

Incomes are higher. Taxes are lower. People are earning more and keeping more of the money they earn than they did a decade ago.

On measure after measure, the evidence adds up to one undeniable conclusion. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are much better off – and our economy is much better off – now than ever before.

The change our Party began working a decade ago to achieve is happening right before our eyes.

Not only have we lived to see it happen. We have made it happen!

YOU have made it happen!

You, here in this room tonight – you and a great many like you, throughout our Party across this province, have made this change possible. How? – by helping us get elected and remain in a place where we have been changing fundamentally the way our government works.

Don’t let anyone deny you the credit for the positive changes you’ve enabled our Party to accomplish throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

These changes would not be happening if we were not in a position to make them happen.

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Other Achievements

Blue Book progress update

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