Children, Seniors and Social Development

Programs and Services For Individuals and Families

An Initiative of the Poverty Reduction Strategy

Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development

Guide to Programs and Services for Individuals and Families Fall 2018

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.

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Filing an Income Tax Return

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.

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Notice of Assessment

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.

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Explanation of Abbreviations

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

FIN Finance

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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