Executive Council
Transportation and Works

March 27, 2017

Government Fulfils Way Forward Commitment to Reduce Building Footprint

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced that the Provincial Government’s leased space has been reduced by more than 42,000 square feet. This accomplishment is in keeping with government’s focus on a more efficient public sector.

The reduction in government leased space was achieved through the following actions:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador English School District offices moved from Atlantic Place to a government owned building on Elizabeth Avenue;
  • The Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development moved to the Confederation Building complex;
  • The Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour offices were relocated from a leased space to the government-owned Petten Building; and
  • Some offices of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation were relocated from a leased space to the Confederation Building complex.

“I am pleased to report that we have actually surpassed our target to reduce leased space with a total reduction of 42,524 square feet. This has resulted in savings of just over $1.6 million and reflects our guiding principle of maintaining quality programs and services while reducing our spending.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“We continue to look at ways to optimize office space, identify vacant or underutilized space and evaluate the potential to dispose of buildings where appropriate. Through this work, we have also set a new and more ambitious target to reduce our footprint by 110,000 square feet by 2020 from 2016 levels.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Transportation and Works

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2017 03 27                              12:45 p.m.