April 22, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New investments for children, support for individuals requiring ventilation equipment, improved access to long-term care and new funding to support anti-poverty initiatives are among the highlights of 2009-10 budget estimates for Social Development.
Social Development Minister Mary Schryer and Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny provided details while releasing the department's $924.8 million budget estimates. Social Development's budget has gone up by $14.6 million, a 1.6 per cent increase.
"New Brunswickers rely on the government to provide the programs and services they need," said Schryer. "Our budget includes ongoing support for essential programs and services; new, strategic investments; as well as some important new initiatives."
Among the highlights of the department's 2009-10 budget:
Kenny said the investments in improved long-term care services will ensure individuals have access to the care they require. He also said these investments will support initiatives promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles among seniors.
"This budget supports Be Independent. Longer, our 10-year strategy to strengthen the long-term care system and to help seniors live independently for as long as possible," said Kenny.
Among the budget highlights for long-term care:
MEDIA CONTACTS: Shannon Hagerman, communications, Social Development, 506-444-2416; Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-453-2001.