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February 2, 2010

New Government Office Officially Opens in Grand Falls-Windsor

Today in Grand Falls-Windsor, the Honourable Tom Marshall, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, officially opened a new office for the administration and delivery of the Home Heating Rebate Program and the Parental Benefits Program.

"It gives me great pleasure to officially open this new office," said Minister Marshall. "These programs provide important benefits and support to the people of this province. Since 2003, the Williams Government has been committed to providing programs and services to help meet the changing needs of our society, especially those who are the most vulnerable in society, and to create employment opportunities across the province. This new office is yet another extension of that commitment."

In Budget 2009: Building on our Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government announced the relocation of the programs to Grand Falls-Windsor. The new office will employ 25 people.

"Our government is committed to creating jobs in all regions of the province," said the Honourable Susan Sullivan, MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans. "The establishment of this new office in Central Newfoundland further emphasizes the commitment that has been made to support the residents living in this region."

"The opening of the new office is good news for the region," said Ray Hunter, MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor - Green Bay South. "This is another important step the Williams Government is taking to help with the rebuilding process of the area."

"I'm pleased to see the office officially opened and residents of the region employed to help others across the province," said Clayton Forsey, MHA for Exploits.

The Provincial Government receives an approximate combined total of 86,000 applications for these programs each year. Applications are received and are processed within eight to 10 weeks of receipt of all required information.

The Home Heating Rebate Program provides financial support to eligible individuals for costs associated with heating their homes. The estimated value for the program for 2009-10 is $18.2 million. The Parental Benefits Program provides an additional $100 per month for the first 12 months of a child's life, as well as the Progressive Family Growth Benefit, a $1,000 lump sum payment to residents of the province who give birth or adopt a child.

For further information on the Home Heating Rebate Program or the Parental Benefits Program, visit the Department of Finance website at or call 1-866-990-3444.

Information about these programs can also be found in the Provincial Government's Programs and Services Guidebook for Individuals and Families. To obtain a copy, call 1- 866-883-6600 or click on

Photo #1: The Honourable Tom Marshall, centre, is joined left to right by Clayton Forsey, MHA, Exploits, Ray Hunter, M.H.A., Grand Falls-Windsor-Green Bay South, Mayor Harry Hallett, President of MNL, Jose Budgell, Manager – Rebate Programs, Mayor Al Hawkins, Grand Falls-Windsor, Mayor Jerry Dean, Botwood, Mayor Robert Hobbs, Bishop's Falls, Robert Constantine, Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance.

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Media contacts:

Ronalda Walsh
Director of Communications
Department of Finance
709-729-6830, 685-1741

Nancy C. Dawe
Constituency Assistant to
Susan Sullivan, MHA
District of Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans

2010 02 02                                                      9:00 a.m.

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