The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Poverty Reduction Strategy is a government-wide initiative to prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty.
One of the goals of the Poverty Reduction Strategy is to increase awareness of existing programs and services for persons and families with low income. This guide can help people find out what Provincial Government programs and services are available to them.
For more information about Provincial Government programs and services not listed in this guide, please visit the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's website at www.gov.nl.ca.
Programs are listed within seven major groups:
Programs are also broken down by who is eligible for them: General, Families, Persons with Disabilities, Youth, and Adults 65+. Some programs are for people with income below a certain level or for people in certain situations. The Provincial Government department responsible for the program or service is listed after the program name.
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 seven 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 get 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
AES Department of Advanced Education and Skills
BTCRD Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
CSSD Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
ECE Early Childhood Education
EECD Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
ENVC Department of Environment and Conservation
FIN Department of Finance
GED General Educational Development
GIS Guaranteed Income Supplement (Adults 65+)
GST Goods and Services Tax
HCS Department of Health and Community Services
HOA House of Assembly
HRS Human Resource Secretariat
JPS Department of Justice and Public Safety
LRA Labour Relations Agency
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
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 (Hearing/Speech Impaired)
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