January 28, 2021
Supporting Fertility Treatments in Newfoundland & Labrador
An aging population, outmigration, and fertility rates among the lowest in Canada have caused a demographic crisis in our province. Newfoundland and Labrador needs more young people, and a Furey Government will encourage families to grow here through a number of different avenues.
“When it comes to dealing with our demographic challenges, our government recognizes the importance of examining all potential solutions and working with stakeholders to support population growth for a stable, sustainable future,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
Newfoundland and Labrador is one of only two provinces in Canada that does not have an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic. While the province offers support for pre and post IVF treatments and offers IUI (Intrauterine insemination) treatments, a number of people must leave the province at great expense and time to seek IVF.
“Our government listens, and over several months we have heard the concerns of families hoping to bring a child into their communities as well as doctors looking at ways to offer IVF services,” Premier Furey said.
The Furey Government will support people who want to have children and help reduce current obstacles, by working with stakeholders to increase access to fertility treatments and enable IVF services in the province.
In the immediate term, the Furey government will review funding opportunities to help ease the financial burden for eligible Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who must travel to out-of-province fertility clinics for treatment. Our government will also seek opportunities for associated prescribed medications to become more affordable as the Federal Government works toward a national, universal pharmacare program.
January 27, 2021
Promoting Opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador
The potential in this province is unlimited, and at this pivotal time in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Furey government will capitalize on that potential to promote all opportunities available.
“We have a highly marketable product – fresh air, beautiful landscape, welcoming people, and a wealth of opportunity here in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
A Furey government will maximize that potential by encouraging individuals to come here for a number of different benefits – high-quality education, working remotely, investment opportunities, a comfortable retirement, exciting tourism products, and hotbed of creativity.
“In order to achieve this, our government will continue to focus on robust immigration and retention policies, emphasize attracting remote workers, and develop ‘Come Home Year 2022’ to promote tourism and attract expats to move home,” Premier Furey said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated opportunities in remote work,
proving many jobs can be performed anywhere. Under the leadership of Premier Furey, our government will engage with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians abroad and encourage them to return home to work and live.
Some of the measures the Furey government plans to take include:
- Create a one-stop online portal to promote all opportunities in communities across the province, including web domains titled StudyNL, InvestNL, ImmigrateNL, RetireNL, ExploreNL, and CreateNL;
- Expand the award-winning tourism campaigns to target the specific groups outlined;
- As part of the ‘Come Home Year 2022’ initiative, partner with organizations like GlobalNL and seize the opportunity to encourage Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to return home – for vacation, and long-term;
- Complete a comprehensive review of the labour market to identify gaps that repatriated individuals can fill and connect them with resources to do it;
The travel and tourism industry has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As administration of vaccines continues around the world, this province will be positioned to realize our potential as a destination of choice – for families to live, work, and play.
“We have learned so much through this pandemic, including how fortunate we are to be weathering it so well – thanks to the sacrifices and resilience of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
“Let’s capitalize on that expanded global spotlight, and build on our brand from the Tony award-winning musical Come From Away to the recent multi-billion dollar acquisition of tech company Verafin.”
January 26, 2021
On the Path Towards Reconciliation
Recognition and Commemoration
In the five months of Premier Andrew Furey leading our Liberal government, building closer connections with Indigenous leaders in Newfoundland and Labrador and advancing work towards reconciliation has been a top priority.
“Indigenous culture is beautifully represented in art, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to display some of the work by talented Indigenous artists in Newfoundland and Labrador in the Confederation Building,” said Premier Andrew Furey. “It is important that the true heritage of this land is represented in the province’s monuments and historical sites.”
In consultation with Indigenous leaders, the Furey government has started the process to create and install a statue commemorating historical Beothuk people.
To achieve this, the Furey government will prioritize the work of the interdepartmental working group focusing on provincial monuments and observances. Through public engagement and close consultation with Indigenous peoples, the group will provide recommendations to government on how best to honour the history of this beautiful place.
Inquiry into Innu Children in Care
The Furey government is committed to establishing an inquiry into the experiences and treatment of children in the child protection system in the province. Agreement has been reached with Innu Nation on the selection of commissioners, and work on the inquiry is progressing.
Indigenous Perspectives Training
“I truly believe education is the path forward – on almost any issue,” said Furey.
“Our government will build on commitments to strengthen relationships and work towards reconciliation by ensuring training on Indigenous perspectives for all elected representatives, their staff, and public servants, to help foster deeper understanding and cultural awareness of the unique points of view in each community,” he added.
Respectful, principle-based relationships with Indigenous peoples will form the foundation for sound government policies and programs, and not only ensure vibrant and prosperous Indigenous communities – but an inclusive Newfoundland and Labrador.
January 25, 2021
Driving Investment in our Province
Newfoundland and Labrador has an abundance of valuable resources. From technology, to mining, to oil and gas, to the arts and entertainment, our province is home to a vibrant ecosystem of companies and entrepreneurs.
The Furey government is committed to helping these creative, resilient companies and entrepreneurs access customers and investors around the world.
“To help drive investment in our province, our government will create InvestNL, a one-stop trade desk for investors to connect with the wealth of opportunities right here in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
InvestNL will be an online portal providing local companies and entrepreneurs a direct link to international customers and investors, helping them prosper right here at home.
Our government will build upon existing efforts by the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology to create InvestNL. It will be supported by marketing and promotional initiatives, providing investors with information on key economic policies and points of contacts within government to facilitate investment.
January 23, 2021
Connecting Seniors and Youth
The Furey government will address the gap between young people and older adults, which can be attributed to various factors such as family mobility, single-family homes, and an increase in senior citizens living in assisted living and long-term care homes
“Newfoundland and Labrador has an ever-growing population of seniors. Connecting generations benefits children and older adults alike,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
“It can often help seniors feel inspired to be more active, energizes their mental health, and offers mutual learning opportunities,” said Furey. “We can see that vitality in a grandparent playing with their young grandchild in a park, for example.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the negative effects of loneliness and isolation on a person’s mental and physical well-being.
To help address this issue, the Furey government will develop intergenerational programs to increase interaction between young and older Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for their mutual benefit.
Funded through the Seniors Social Inclusion Initiative and by partnering with care providers, community groups and educational institutions, the Furey government will consult with stakeholders to develop a resource to help organizations establish much-needed connections between the province’s seniors and youth.
"Siobhan has engaged our district through town hall meetings, “Movie under the Stars”, area cleanups, seniors’ Christmas parties, as well as school visits and grants for schools. She reports to her constituents regularly using many types of media."