About: Social Development and Seniors
The Department of Social Development and Seniors supports Islanders most in need and helps promote resiliency through community partnerships and programs.
Services provided directly or in partnership with community organizations include: financial assistance, child and family services and supports for people living with disabilities. The department supports the Seniors Secretariat which ensures that the voices of Island seniors are heard by government.
Some of the priorities in this mandate are to:
- Lead the development of a comprehensive poverty elimination strategy
- Review and update social support programs
- Contribute in the development of a long-term mental health and addictions strategy
- Work with other departments to ensure that Islanders with the greatest needs are being served
Structure and Employees
The mandate of Child and Family Services is to provide a wide range of programs, services and resources to children, families and communities across the province to include Child Protection Services, Residential Services, Foster Care, Adoption Services, Family Ties and Family Violence Prevention.View employee list
The Social Programs Division provides services in areas such as social assistance, child care subsidies and disability supports. The Division also provides administrative supports to the Disability Advisory Council which provides policy and program advice, promotes public awareness, and fosters the development of partnerships among persons with disabilities, government and community. The Social Programs Division provides funding grants to community organizations to provide residential services for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities.View employee list