Human Resources, Labour and Employment
November 13, 2008

Consultations Helping to Advance the Poverty Reduction Strategy

Over the past month, the Provincial Government hosted consultations on the poverty reduction strategy across the province. There were 32 public and community roundtable stakeholder sessions held. Local residents and community group leaders attended the sessions and provided a significant contribution of their time and thoughtful insight in support of the further advancement of the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

This marks the end of this phase of the consultations. However, consultation submissions are being accepted up to December 15, 2008. All residents are encouraged to share their views by calling 1-866-883-6600 or going to

"A partnership approach supported through an ongoing dialogue with residents will help the Provincial Government continue to chart the course for transforming Newfoundland and Labrador from the province with the most poverty, to one with the least in the country," said the Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment. "I would like to thank all of those who participated in the sessions held across the province. Your input is essential in ensuring we meet our goals."

The input and views of residents will be reviewed to determine common themes to further inform the ongoing implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. This will be shared with the public.

"Overall, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador support the direction and intent of the Poverty Reduction Strategy," said Minister Sullivan. "By working together I am confident that government and the community will succeed in preventing, reducing and alleviating poverty."

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Media contact:

Ronalda Walsh
Director of Communications
Human Resources, Labour and Employment
709-729-0753, 699-7903

2008 11 13                                                    10:35 a.m.

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