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The Department of Finance is responsible for supporting Government in the development of fiscal, financial, statistical and economic policy. These responsibilities are primarily achieved by providing timely analysis and advice to government departments and agencies; Cabinet; and the Committees of Cabinet, particularly Treasury Board for which the Minister of Finance serves as President. The Department is also responsible for providing government-wide comptrollership oversight to ensure the appropriate use of public funds.

Latest News

    • Provincial Government to Provide Compensation to Workers in COVID-19 Self-Isolation - In light of the ongoing and rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19, and in consultation with Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Newfoundland and Labrador, starting today anyone returning after travelling outside the country is required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon their return to Canada. This follows the advice that the Federal Government provided on Friday, March 13. Children who have travelled with their parents must also self-isolate for 14 days, rather than returning to school or daycare.
    • Provincial Government Releases Pre-Budget Feedback - The Provincial Government today published feedback from its pre-budget consultations. Reports on feedback received through online consultations, in person sessions and written submissions are now available on the Department of Finance website.
    • Provincial and Federal Governments Collaborate to Protect Residents from Negative Impacts of Muskrat Falls - The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Canada, have announced a sustainable, long-term solution to protect ratepayers from the negative impacts of the Muskrat Falls Project today and into the future.
    • As a result of the disruption caused to government operations during the recent snowfall event, online pre-budget consultations for Budget 2020 have been extended until February 10, 2020. Residents can provide feedback online by visiting engagenl.caOpens in new window . Additionally, stakeholders wishing to provide more comprehensive feedback are encouraged to submit a written submission by email at Budget2020@gov.nl.ca.
    • The Provincial Government today launched its pre-budget consultations for Budget 2020. This year’s consultation theme is “A Balanced Approach,” and includes an overview of government’s fiscal approach, which is characterized by a focus on cost control, efficiencies and savings that grow over time. Residents can provide feedback on ways to reduce spending and/or increase revenues, and on priority areas for Budget 2020 decisions.
    • Minister Osborne Acknowledges Auditor General’s 2019 Annual Report on the Audit of Financial Statements
    • The Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, today released the province’s annual Fiscal and Economic Update, which provides a snapshot of the province’s fiscal situation at the midway point of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.
    • The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has reached a tentative agreement with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public Employees (NAPE) to extend 16 current collective agreements until March 31, 2022. These agreements are subject to ratification by NAPE’s over 16,000 members from across the province.
    • 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.
    • Today, the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, introduced amendments to the Liquor Corporation Act to realign the governance structure of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) to better reflect the current operational realities of the corporation.
    • The Department of Finance is advising all suppliers of goods and services to the Provincial Government of an upcoming change to the mailing address for some accounts payable invoices.
    • The 2018-19 Public Accounts, the audited financial statements of the province for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, have been released and tabled with the House of Assembly. The deficit for 2018-19 has been revised to $552.1 million, a $30.6 million change from the 2018-19 revised estimate released during Budget 2019, which represents a change of less-than-half of a per cent from the overall budget. This marks an improvement of $130.8 million from the original Budget 2018 projection.
    • In accordance with the Federal Government’s Cannabis Act and Regulations, the second phase of cannabis legalization related to non-medical cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals is now in effect in Newfoundland and Labrador. Under these regulations, as of October 17 licensed producers can begin submitting edible and topical products to Health Canada to be subjected to a review and approval process
    • The Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, today announced that S&P and DBRS have once again confirmed the provincial government’s credit ratings. S&P has maintained a stable outlook (long-term ‘A’ and short-term ‘A-1’) for the province. The stable outlook reflects S & P’s expectations that, within the next two years, the government's persistent fiscal efforts will further lower operating and after-capital deficits.