The Council informs and advises the Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities (Minister Responsible) on disability-related issues. The Disability Policy Office serves as a secretariat to the Council and supports its meetings and activities.
Under the Transparency and Accountability Act, the Advisory Council is a Category 3 Public Body and must submit an annual report to be tabled in the House of Assembly, as well as prepare and submit three-year activity reports. For more information on the role of the Advisory Council, please visit http://www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/disabilities/advisory_council.html
The Advisory Council consists of 12 -18 individuals who provide a balance of primary disability types (cross-disability); who represent nine provincial regions (urban/ rural); age and gender. Following the application process through the Independent Appointments Commission, Advisory Council members are appointed by the Minister Responsible.
Members of the Advisory Council collectively possess the core competencies of:
Members of the Advisory Council meet the following qualifications:
Advisory Council members are available to meet in person four times a year for a two-day meeting plus required travel time, as well as to attend conference calls at the call of the Chair and attend other events, engagement sessions and meetings at the request of the Chair.
Members are expected to spend additional time to review materials and other preparations for council meetings.
Advisory Council members follow the application process through the Independent Appointments Commission on the Public Service Commission website. After this process, the Minister Responsible will then appoint Advisory Council members for two-year terms and appoints the chairperson for a three year term.
Advisory Council members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive remuneration. Members receive reimbursement for expenses to attend meetings as per the allowable travel and meal rates established by the Human Resource Secretariat.
There are currently seven Advisory Council membership vacancies in the following: