Office of Labrador Affairs

About the Office


Vision

The Office of Labrador Affairs vision 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

On February 22, 2017, the former Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs Office was restructured to form the new Office of Labrador Affairs with the Aboriginal Affairs branch merged with Intergovernmental Affairs to create the Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs Secretariat.

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

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

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


Primary Clients

The clients of the Office of Labrador Affairs 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 Office administers.


Staffing and Location

There are 13 employees: the Deputy Minister who is located in St. John’s; the Executive Director is located in Wabush; a seasonal position employed from December to May annually located in North West River; and, all other positions are in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay office.

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