Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. How can I request information from Cabinet Secretariat?
  2. Can I access Cabinet Records?
  3. Where can I access ministerial expense reports?
  4. Who is the Minister responsible for the Executive Council / Cabinet Secretariat?
  5. How do I nominate someone for an award such as the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, or Public Service Award of Excellence?
  6. How do I apply for a Volunteer War Service Medal?
  7. What entities are included under the Transparency and Accountability Act?
  8. How can I access departmental and public body plans and reports?
  9. Who is responsible for evaluation in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador?
  10. Who is responsible for regulatory reform in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador?
  11. How can I make suggestions for regulatory improvements?

 

1. How can I request information from Cabinet Secretariat?

The following options are available for requesting information from Cabinet Secretariat:

  1. Orders in Council (OCs) from January 2013 onward are publically available in the Orders in Council section of our website. For OCs prior to 2013 please call 709-729-6598 or 709-729-6628.

  2. Requests for information from Cabinet Secretariat can be directed to the Information Management Division. Please call 709-729-6598 or 709-729-6628.

    Depending on the information you request, you may be required to complete an application form PDF in accordance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy (ATIPP) Act. The completed form should be sent to:

    ATIPP Coordinator
    Cabinet Secretariat
    Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
    PO Box 8700
    St. John's, NL
    A1B 4J6

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2. Can I access Cabinet Records?

Section 27 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy (ATIPP) Act (2015) refers to Cabinet confidences. It indicates that Cabinet confidences are exempt from public release for a period of 20 years. To request copy of a document that is past the 20 year exemption period, please call 709-729-6598 or 709-729-6628.

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3. Where can I access ministerial expense reports?

Ministerial expense reports can be found on this website.

Alternatively, expense reports are also found on each individual Minister's website

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4. Who is the Minister responsible for the Executive Council / Cabinet Secretariat?

The Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador is the Minister responsible for the Executive Council / Cabinet Secretariat.

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5. How do I nominate someone for an award such as the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, or Public Service Award of Excellence?

Information respecting the nomination process for the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador can be found on the ONL website. The annual nomination process is open until January 31 of each year.

Information respecting the nomination process for the Public Service Award of Excellence can be found on the PSAE website.

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6. How do I apply for a Volunteer War Service Medal?

Application forms for the Volunteer War Service Medal can be found on the Awards and Recognition page.

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7. What entities are included under the Transparency and Accountability Act (2015)?

All government entities are included under the act:

  • Government Departments;
  • Crown corporations;
  • Entities whose board are appointed by an Act, Cabinet or a Minister;
  • School Boards;
  • Any entity cabinet designates as a public body

The only exceptions under the act are courts established under the Judicature Act or the provincial courts.

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8. How can I access departmental and public body plans and reports?

All plans and reports prepared in accordance with the Transparency and Accountability Act are available through the House of Assembly library. Simply search by entity name or issuing body.

http://www.assembly.nl.ca/business/tabled/search.asp

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9. Who is responsible for evaluation in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador?

The Policy Innovation and Accountability Office leads the implementation of the Policy on Evaluation, and provides support to Provincial Government departments in meeting their commitments under the Policy. This includes support for performance measurement, evaluation planning and evaluation implementation. Individual departments are responsible for the completion of evaluations and may conduct an evaluation internally, or in partnership with other stakeholders or external consultants.

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10. Who is responsible for regulatory reform in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador?

The Regulatory Reform Initiative is overseen by the Minister of Service NL who is supported by the Policy Innovation and Accountability Office in carrying out responsibilities in relation to regulatory reform. The office also supports government departments and agencies in carrying out the Regulatory Reform mandate, and is responsible for monitoring and reporting, as well as any other changes and achievements in relation to Regulatory Reform.

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11. How can I make suggestions for regulatory improvements?

Residents and business are welcome to make suggestions for further improvements by sending an e-mail to the regulatory reform mail box at regulatoryreform@gov.nl.ca

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