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Newfoundland Regulation 1996



Department of Social Services Notice
under the
Executive Council Act
(O.C. 96‑315)

(Filed July 10, 1996)

Under the authority of section 5 of the Executive Council Act, the Clerk of the Executive Council gives the following Notice.

Dated at St. John's, March 14, 1996.

Malcolm Rowe
Clerk of the Executive Council



        1.   Short title

        2.   Definitions

        3.   Department structure confirmed

        4.   Powers and duties of the minister


Short title

        1. This Notice may be cited as the Department of Social Services Notice.


        2. In this Notice

             (a)  "department" means the Department of Social Services; and

             (b)  "minister" means the Minister of Social Services.

Department structure confirmed

        3. (1) The structure of the department is confirmed by Order in Council 96‑315.

             (2)  The department has 2 branches, as follows:

             (a)  Financial and Support Services; and

             (b)  Program and Client Services.

             (3)  The department is presided over by the minister.

Powers and duties of the minister

        4. The powers, functions and duties of the minister include the supervision, control and direction of all matters relating to social services and social assistance generally, including matters relating to

             (a)  welfare of children including programs for the prevention of abuse to children;

             (b)  adoption of children;

             (c)  child day care;

             (d)  in cooperation with the Minister of Justice, the administration of laws relating to the commission of offences by young persons;

             (e)  residential facilities for the care of neglected, dependent, socially deprived, abused and handicapped children and adults;

              (f)  administration of public institutions or parts of public institutions for the care of disabled persons;

             (g)  services for the care, support and guidance of physically, emotionally, mentally and socially handicapped and disadvantaged citizens of all ages;

             (h)  identification of cases of economic hardship or deprivation and the prompt alleviation of economic hardship and deprivation by the provision of appropriate, publicly financed, material assistance, including the identification and alleviation with respect to aged and disabled persons;

              (i)  furnishing, in cooperation with other departments of the government of the province, of guidance to all recipients of the assistance referred to in paragraph (h) in their quest for opportunities of gainful employment and rehabilitation;

              (j)  programs for the prevention of abuses concerning matters referred to in paragraphs (h) and (i); and

             (k)  the administration of the Acts set out in the Schedule and of all orders and regulations passed or made under those Acts, including those powers, functions or duties necessary or desirable for carrying out the purpose of those Acts,

which are not, or in so far as they are not, the responsibility of another minister, agency, body, corporation, board, organization or person.


               1.  Adoption of Children Act (with Government Services and Lands)

               2.  Child Welfare Act

               3.  Day Care and Homemaker Services Act

               4.  Health and Public Welfare Act (Part XII)

               5.  Neglected Adults Welfare Act

               6.  Rehabilitation Act

               7.  Social Assistance Act

               8.  Social Services Appeal Board Act

               9.  Social Workers Association Act

             10.  Support Orders Enforcement Act (with Justice)

             11.  Young Offenders Act (Canada) (with Justice)

             12.  Young Persons Offences Act (with Justice)