The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to preventing, reducing and alleviating poverty.
This guide can help people find out what Provincial Government programs and services are available.
Programs are listed within seven major groups:
Programs are also broken down by eligibility: General, Families, Persons with Disabilities, Youth, and Adults 65+. Some programs are designed for people with incomes below a certain level or for particular situations.
Telephone numbers are provided next to the program or service or regional office contact information is listed at the end of this guide.
Did you know that even if you have no income or do not earn enough to pay taxes, filing an income tax return can help you? Some benefits are linked to income tax and you can receive them simply by filing a return. Did you know filing your income tax every year gives you access to many provincial and federal benefits?
Did you know that you have up to 10 years to file for past income tax and credits? If you need help filing, call the Canada Revenue Agency at 1.800.959.8281, TTY 1.800.665.0354.
Some programs require a copy of your Notice of Assessment before you can receive benefits. A Notice of Assessment is the form from the Canada Revenue Agency stating how much tax is to be paid or refunded.
Note: For some programs and services, you may have to give personal information and/or apply. For other programs, eligibility is based on information from filing yearly income tax returns.
There are abbreviations used in this guidebook. These are listed below, along with their meanings.
ABE Adult Basic Education
AESL Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
TCII Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation
CSSD Children, Seniors and Social Development
FLR Fisheries and Land Resources
ECE Early Childhood Education
EECD Education and Early Childhood Development
GED General Educational Development
GIS Guaranteed Income Supplement (Adults 65+)
GST Goods and Services Tax
HCS Health and Community Services
HOA House of Assembly
HRS Human Resource Secretariat
JPS Justice and Public Safety
MAE Municipal Affairs and Environment
MBNS Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement
MCP Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Care Plan
MCR Mobile Crisis Response Team
NLCB Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit
NLHC Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
NLIS Newfoundland and Labrador Income Supplement
NLPDP Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program
NSLSC National Student Loan Service Centre
OAS Old Age Security (Adults 65+)
OEEPD Office of Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities
RAP Repayment Assistance Plan
RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RNC Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
SNL Service NL
TTY Text Telephone (for persons who are hard of hearing or speech)
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