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The Department of CSSD supports individuals, families and communities in Newfoundland and Labrador in achieving improved health and social well-being and reduced poverty; and ensures the protection of children, youth and adults from abuse or neglect. The Department promotes the values of inclusion, diversity, and healthy active living and leads the development of policies, programs and partnerships to improve services and the overall social development of the Province.

Latest News

    • First Vaping-Associated Illness Confirmed in Newfoundland and Labrador
      The Provincial Government’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is confirming a probable case of vaping-associated lung illness in Newfoundland and Labrador. The person affected became ill in late 2019, and was hospitalized. They have since recovered.
    • Provincial Government Launches Adoption Act Engagement Process
      Today, the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, announced the launch of an engagement process for the five-year statutory review of the Adoption Act, 2013. The purpose of this legislation is to govern the adoption process in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    • Applications Available Online for 2020 Athletic Excellence Fund
      Today, the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Athletic Excellence Fund.
    • Applications Open for Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program
      The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program. Budget 2019 allocates $95,000 for the Age-Friendly NL Communities program. Funding is available to communities and regions who wish to conduct an age-friendly community assessment, develop an age-friendly action plan, and implement actions.
    • Media Advisory: Minister Dempster to Attend MADD Avalon Annual Vigil
      The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, will speak tonight (Wednesday, December 4) at the MADD Avalon Annual Vigil in Remembrance of Victims and Survivors of Impaired Driving.
    • Provincial Government Announces Several Developments for the Cannabis Industry
      The Provincial Government today announced several measures related to the cannabis industry in the province as it prepares for the implementation of new products later this month. The aim of these measures is to protect public health while also supporting local retailers.
    • Provincial Government Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities
      To recognize December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, today joined representatives from the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities NL to sign a proclamation to commemorate the annual observance.
    • Media Advisory: Minister Dempster to Recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities
      The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, will join representatives from the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities to recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities and sign a proclamation tomorrow (Tuesday, December 3).
    • Ministerial Statement - Minister Recognizes Achievements of Exploits Hurricanes
      Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House today to congratulate a remarkable team that has received national recognition.
    • Minister Dempster Recognizes National Housing Day
      The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, has recognized today as National Housing Day.
    • Ministerial Statement - Public Encouraged to Provide Input on Adult Protection Act
      Mr. Speaker, I rise today to inform this Honourable House that we have launched our Adult Protection Act engagement process and to encourage residents to provide input on this important legislation. This process is part of the five-year statutory review of our province’s adult protection legislation and is the first review since this Act was proclaimed on June 30, 2014.
    • Media Advisory: Ministers Dempster, Warr and Haley to Proclaim Restorative Justice Week 2019
      The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, the Honourable Brian Warr, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, and the Honourable Carol Anne Haley, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, will proclaim Restorative Justice Week 2019 tomorrow (Wednesday, November 13) at St. Mary’s Elementary School, 124 Waterford Bridge Road, St. John’s, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    • Ministerial Statement - Provincial Government Recognizes National Adoption Awareness Month
      Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize November as National Adoption Awareness Month and November 9 as World Adoption Day.
    • Provincial Government Launches Adult Protection Act Engagement Process
      Today, the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, announced the launch of an engagement process for the five-year statutory review of the Adult Protection Act. The purpose of this legislation is to protect adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect and who do not understand or appreciate the risk.
    • Provincial Government Recognizes International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
      The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is recognizing today (October 17) as the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.