Newfoundland & Labrador

Outline of Newfoundland and LabradorThe Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has struggled to provide adequate developmental supports. The province has been criticized for providing Alternative Family Care providers greater access to supports than biological families and for failing to provide appropriate accommodations for individuals with developmental disabilities (many are forced to reside in nursing homes)1.

However, government-funded service and supports are slowly expanding and some innovative approaches are being introduced:

  • A direct-funding model was adopted in 2000 to allow many individuals greater control over their housing and supports2.
  • Support Trusts were created to enable individuals and their families to offset the extraordinary costs of living with a disability. The savings collect interest and have a maximum tax exemption of $100, 0003.
  • The 2012 Provincial Strategy for the Inclusion of Persons with Disability includes a core provision to reduce the costs of disability supports4.

Encouragingly, the 2013 budget included millions of extra dollars in funding for home supports, long-term care, respite services, and a pilot program where family caregivers can receive income from the government for informal care services5.

[1] CBC Radio. (May 9, 2013). “Disability Help” on Crosstalk. Podcast available online http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NL/Audio/ID/2384230305/?page=28
[2]Institution Watch. (2007). Provincial/Territorial Updates: Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved from http://www.institutionwatch.ca/iwupdates-app/prov.Newfoundland%20and%20Labrador
[3]Department of Advanced Education and Skills. Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. (2013). Support Trusts. Retrieved from http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/income-support/supporttrusts.html
[4] Disability Policy Office. Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. (2012). Access. Inclusion. Equality. Provincial Strategy for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved from http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/disabilities/dpo_access_inclusion_equality.pdf
[5]Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. (2013). Estimates 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future. Retrieved from http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/estimates/estimatesbook2013.pdf