Executive Council
November 19, 2018

New Act Gives Provincial Government Greater Access to Workforce and Compensation Information from Agencies, Boards and Commissions

In its continued efforts to improve efficiency and accountability among government entities, the Provincial Government is today introducing legislation to improve its access to workforce and compensation-related information at agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs).

The Public Bodies Reporting Act removes barriers to government’s ability to obtain timely and consistent information needed to make informed decisions. Information government will be able to access through this legislation includes but is not limited to:

  • Compensation policies;
  • Current and projected organizational structures;
  • Retirement eligibility projections;
  • Human resources costs; and
  • Operational efficiencies and related information.

This Act increases accountability for ABCs. It enables government to work with public bodies on the implementation of organizational and operational changes based on a full understanding of the specific challenges they face.

With this information, government can provide guidance on potential approaches to achieve cost-savings similar to what has been implemented in core government in recent years.

This initiative will help government deliver on commitments in The Way Forward to operate a more efficient public sector and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“Newfoundlanders and Labradorians expect all public bodies to operate efficiently and with the same level of accountability as government departments. This legislation will strengthen our collective responsibility to address the fiscal situation we face, and will help to build a more efficient and effective public sector. We will work collaboratively and respectfully with our agencies, boards and commissions to make improvements in these areas.”
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board
Minister Responsible for Human Resources Secretariat

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2018 11 19                              3:05 p.m.