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 merit based application process, 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 merit based application process. 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.
All current members' terms are set to expire in March 2019. The Advisory Council is looking to fill up to 17 positions.
The following will be considered when reviewing applications: