Labrador Affairs Secretariat

About the Office


Vision

The vision of the Labrador Affairs Secretariat is of a strong, sustainable and vibrant Labrador, where all people have the opportunity to prosper and contribute to their communities, regions and the province.

Overview

The Labrador Affairs Secretariat focuses on advocating for the social and economic development of Labrador while providing advice on government policies, planning and programs that impact Labrador.

The Labrador Affairs Secretariat strives to develop a focused approach to Government’s service delivery in Labrador, and demonstrates Government’s commitment to support Labrador issues through the administration of Labrador specific programs for which the Secretariat is responsible. Examples of such programs are:

  • the Labrador Transportation Grooming Subsidy;
  • the Labrador Aboriginal Nutritional and Artistic Assistance Program; and
  • annual funding support for the Combined Councils of Labrador.

The Labrador Affairs Secretariat collaborates with Provincial Government departments/entities, federal and municipal governments, industry organizations and social enterprises to advance economic and social development of Labrador. The Secretariat also takes prominent roles on Labrador focused committees such as the Labrador West Regional Task Force which is a committee consisting of provincial, federal and municipal stakeholders and representatives from various mining companies operating in Labrador West to discuss impacts on the region.

The Labrador Affairs Secretariat also liaises with other northern ministries and assists in the management of intergovernmental relations on Labrador/northern issues, such as the Northern Development Ministers Forum.

Lines of Business

Policy, Programs and Planning

In accordance with its mandate, the Labrador Affairs Secretariat is responsible for the development, implementation and administration of provincial policies and programs respecting Labrador issues. The Labrador Affairs Secretariat aims to ensure that provincial policies, programs and services consider Labrador related issues, mainly via the provision of advice to provincial departments and agencies and participation in provincial horizontal initiatives.

The Secretariat strives to develop a focused approach to Government’s service delivery in Labrador, and demonstrate Government’s commitment to support Labrador issues through the administration of Labrador specific programs for which the Labrador Affairs Secretariat is responsible, including:

  • Labrador Transportation Grooming Subsidy;
  • Labrador Aboriginal Nutritional and Artistic Assistance Program; and
  • Combined Councils of Labrador funding.

In the Speech from the Throne on March 28, 2017, it acknowledged that the Office of Labrador Affairs coordinates and implements a focused and innovative approach to improve service delivery and continues to prioritize strategic infrastructure needs for the region on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Coordination, Collaboration and Advocacy

The Labrador Affairs Secretariat is mandated to advance social and economic development of Labrador. This is achieved through coordination and collaboration of Labrador related initiatives. The Secretariat collaborates with Provincial Government departments/entities, federal and municipal governments, industry organizations and social enterprises to advance economic and social development of Labrador. The Secretariat often takes a prominent role on Labrador focused committees such as the Labrador West Regional Task Force.

Also, the Secretariat liaises with other northern ministries and assists in the management of intergovernmental relations on Labrador/northern issues, such as the Northern Development Ministers Forum.

About the Office

Strategic Directions, 2017-20

Strategic Directions are the articulation of desired physical, social and economic outcomes and normally require action by more than one government entity. These directions are generally communicated by government through “The Way Forward: Shaping Our Future” document, platform documents, Throne and Budget Speeches, policy documents, and other communique. The Transparency and Accountability Act requires departments and public bodies to take into account these strategic directions in the preparation of their performance-based plans. This action will facilitate the integration of planning practices across government and will ensure that all entities are moving forward on key commitments.

The strategic directions that are relevant to the Labrador Affairs Secretariat are provided below. Each direction is comprised of a number of components or focus areas. These focus areas will be addressed through the various planning processes of the Secretariat.

Title: Socio-economic development
Outcome: Enhance the social and economic development for Labrador

This outcome supports the Labrador Affairs Secretariat’s vision of a strong, sustainable and vibrant Labrador, where all people have the opportunity to prosper and contribute to their communities, regions and the province. This will require focus in the following areas:

  • Program administration
  • Stewardship and advocacy
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Provincial Government policy and program delivery responsive to Labrador interests

Title: Labrador relationships
Outcome: Strengthen relationships between Labrador, government and organizations

This outcome supports the Labrador Affairs Secretariat’s vision of a strong, sustainable and vibrant Labrador, where all people have the opportunity to prosper and contribute to their communities, regions and the province. This will require focus in the following areas:

  • Engagement and collaboration
  • Coordination
  • Provincial Government policies, programs and services reflecting Labrador interests


Primary Clients

The clients of the Labrador Affairs Secretariat include:

  • Labrador residents, communities and groups, who expect leadership in facilitating economic and social development in Labrador;
  • The Provincial Government and its departments/agencies which require policy advice and input on Labrador issues;
  • Federal, municipal and Indigenous governments and organizations that seek information and input on Labrador issues; and,
  • Clients of the Labrador-specific programs in which the Labrador Affairs Secretariat administers.


Staffing and Location

There are 11 employees: the Deputy Minister is located in Happy Valley-Goose Bay; the Executive Director is located in Wabush; a seasonal position employed from December to May annually is located in North West River; and, all other positions are located in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay office.

  • Deputy Minister
  • Secretary to the Assistant Deputy Minister
  • Executive Director
  • Director – Communications
  • Director – Labrador Affairs
  • Four Senior Analysts
  • Clerk Typist III
  • Trail Inspector (Seasonal)
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