Executive Council
Natural Resources

May 24, 2018

Government Amends the Energy Corporation Act Related to Independent Contractors' Information

Today, government took action to allow for the release of information related to independent contractors working at Nalcor. Amendments were made to the Energy Corporation Act which received second reading in the House of Assembly. The action was required as the Energy Corporation Act shielded the information from being accessible under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The amendments ensure that commercially sensitive information under the Energy Corporation Act excludes independent contractors’ names, position, remuneration, and payments received from Nalcor. Independent contractors will be treated like those of any other crown corporation or agency with respect to information disclosure and accountability.

The amendments enhance government’s commitment to openness and transparency.

Further changes to the Energy Corporation Act will be considered as the oil and gas subsidiary is established as a stand-alone crown corporation.

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“Today we are delivering on yet another action to increase transparency at Nalcor. As the people of Newfoundland and Labrador are the stakeholders of this Crown corporation, they deserve to know how their money is being spent. When weaknesses in the system were raised, I immediately committed to addressing them. I am very proud of the work Minister Coady has done to ensure this commitment is met today.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

"Today we are taking action and making amendments to the Energy Corporation Act to enable information about independent contractors at Nalcor’s operations available through the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Our government acted swiftly to ensure openness and transparency.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources

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2018 05 24                                                    4:50 p.m.