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1 People, Partners and Prosperity Presentation to: Welfare to Work Conference St. John’s November 16, 2003

2 Background 1996 “What the People Said” Reports of the Social Policy Advisory Committee 1998 Strategic Social Plan approved by Government Commitment to completion of a Social Audit by the end of 2003

3 The Vision A healthy, educated, distinctive, self-reliant and prosperous people living in vibrant, supportive communities within sustainable regions

4 The Values Self-reliance Social justice Equity Fairness Collaboration

5 The Goals VIBRANT COMMUNITIES where people are actively involved SUSTAINABLE REGIONS based on strategic investment in people SELF-RELIANT, HEALTHY EDUCATED CITIZENS living in safe communities INTEGRATED AND EVIDENCED-BASED policies and programs

6 SSP Implementation Structures Minister responsible for the SSP SSP Ministerial Committee Premier’s Council on Social Development Deputies’ Committee Six Regional Steering Committees SSP Office Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency

7 Links Between Social and Economic Development SSP approach recognizes and actively encourages linkages between social and economic initiatives Examples: –Joint socio-economic development conferences –Funding for expanded literacy survey

8 Evidence Based Decision Making Development and maintenance of the Community Accounts – an innovative and comprehensive online information tool Developing capacity to use information Emphasis in departments on evidence based decision making From the Ground Up –Socio-economic indicators –Snapshot in time

9 Regional Development Six Regional Steering Committees –Representatives from school and health boards, economic development organizations, 3 orders of government Identification of local priorities Sharing of knowledge and resources Commitment to joint problem solving


11 External Advice Premier’s Council on Social Development –19 citizens from across the Province –Broad perspectives on social and economic development –Provide advice to government on key social initiatives and the implementation of the SSP

12 Within Government SSP emphasizes internal and external collaboration. Sharing of resources. Involvement of stakeholders in policy and program development. Use of evidence in decision making.

13 Monitoring Outcomes: A Social Audit Are we doing the right things? –Choices based on good solid evidence? Are we doing them the right way? Are we making a difference? How do we know?

14 Social Audit Being conducted in four phases: –Phase 1: public release of the Community Accounts –Phase 2: Indicators Report From the Ground Up –Phase 3: External evaluation of how government is doing business –Phase 4: Evaluation of key programs

15 From the Ground Up A picture of where we are today in terms of well- being indicators Future audits will use same indicators to measure progress over time Where possible information is provided by region Premiers Council wanted a living document –Which people could use –Would provoke discussion –Challenge people to talk about real issues

16 Living longer than we used to but … –Compared to Canada we don’t live as long NL men 75.2 years, NL women 80.2 years Cdn men 76.3 years, Cdn women 81.7 years Mortality rates for heart attacks and strokes, etc. down by about half since 1979 but … –for heart attacks about 20% higher than Canada for both men and women –for strokes, etc. about 31% higher for men and 18% higher for women Healthy People

17 Lifestyle Compared to Canada –Less physically active; women less active than men –Smoking rate higher – NL 29%, Canada 26% –Heavy drinking rate higher 41% of NL men and 16% of NL women who drink reported heavy drinking

18 Educated People Education levels of population In 2001 compared to 1979 –Higher proportion has completed high school –Higher proportion has university degree High school graduation rates improving Three-quarters of high school graduates now enroll directly in college or university

19 But Census 2001 tells us that… Education levels of young people are not consistent across province –In the St. John’s region 28% of 25-29 year olds are university graduates Only 11% have not completed high school –Not so good in rural areas of the province Only 8% to 12% are university graduates; and From 17%-28% have not completed high school Educated People

20 Income Personal income per capita –is increasing –about 25% lower than Canada over past decade Income equality is similar to Canada Assets More people own their own homes in NL Avg. cost of housing in 1996 was 52% lower than for Canada Prosperous and Self Reliant People

21 Employment Employment rate for NL aged 20-64 is 59% - up from 52% in 1976 In 2001 –52% in labour market worked all year –43% worked for an average of 25 weeks –5% could not find work Prosperous and Self Reliant People

22 Poverty  Based on Market Basket Measure – 2000 –32% of NL children living in poverty (Can. 17%) –61% of NL lone-parent families (Canada 36%)  25% of children aged 0-4 (6200 children) were in families who received social assistance in 2001  NL has the highest percentage of seniors receiving the GIS in Canada (66%) Prosperous and Self Reliant People

23 Business Environment Employment growth was second highest of all provinces at an average of 2.9% annually Retail sales have been increasing Exports have shown real average growth of 2.7% annually Vibrant, Distinctive and Supportive Communities

24 Vibrant, Distinctive and Supportive Communities Volunteering 27% of men and 36% of women aged 15 and over volunteered The percentage of volunteers dropped slightly between 1997 and 2000; those who did volunteer gave more hours

25 Safe Communities Feeling Safe  Most people feel safe or very safe walking alone in their neighbourhoods at night; considerably higher proportions than Canada  Fewer women than men feel safe walking alone in their neighbourhoods at night  Crime rate is lower than Canada

26 Demographic changes Population dropped 10% since 1991; highest decline in country since 1996 Extent of decline varies in province –Decline of 1.2% (St. John’s region); high of 11.5% decline in Eastern region (1996-2001) Births dropped 62% since 1972 Fertility rate is 1.3 compared to 1.5 for Canada Number of births and deaths are almost equal Sustainable Regions

27 Cross Linkages Health Better health is linked to: –Higher education, higher income, being employed Worse health is linked to: –Lower education, lower income, being unemployed Literacy and Numeracy Students in top-quarter of socio-economic status –at national level for reading and science but below for mathematics Students in lower three-quarters –below the national level in reading, science and math

28 Looking internally to see: –If government has begun to do business in line with the SSP goals –Are resources being directed at social and economic priorities Program evaluations –Are programs and services achieving desired outcomes? Ongoing

29 Successes / Challenges Successes: Establishment of the regional process Commitment and growth of dialogue Development of Community Accounts Release of “From the Ground Up” Challenges: Community engagement Linking social and economic development Next steps for Phase III and Phase IV Sustaining the directions and momentum of SSP

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