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About the Department

Mandate

The mandate of the Department of Transportation and Works is derived from the Executive Council Act and includes responsibility for the administration, supervision, control, regulation, management and direction of all matters relating to transportation and public works, including:

  • Design, construction, improvement, repair and maintenance of highways, local roads, airstrips, ferry terminals and related facilities;
  • Acquisition, use, maintenance and operation of ferries under ownership, charter or administration;
  • Acquisition, use, maintenance and operation of provincial air ambulance, waterbomber and other aircraft and services under ownership, charter or administration;
  • Property that belongs to or is held or occupied by the Crown, and the works and properties acquired, constructed, extended, enlarged, repaired or improved at the expense of the province, or for the acquisition, construction, extension, enlargement, repair or improvement of which public funds are voted and appropriated by the Legislature, other than property and works assigned to another Minister or department of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Property management including the design, construction, repair, maintenance, heating, lighting, cleaning and security of buildings that belong to or are held or occupied by the Crown and grounds that belong to those buildings;
  • The leasing of real property by the Crown and related activities;
  • The disposition of surplus real property; and,
  • The administration of Acts under the responsibility of the department and of all orders and regulations passed or made under those Acts, including those powers, functions or duties necessary or desirable for carrying out the purpose of those Acts.

Lines of Business

The Department of Transportation and Works is responsible for the following lines of business that are relevant to its mandate and to servicing the needs of clients:

Transportation

Construction, acquisition and/or management of transportation infrastructure and related service delivery for the province including:

  • Provincial roads
  • Provincial marine passenger, vehicle and freight services
  • Provincial airstrips, air ambulance, forest fire suppression services and other air services

Public Works

Construction, acquisition and/or management of building infrastructure, leased space and related services for the provincial government and various agencies.

Employees

The Department of Transportation and Works has the largest number of employees within any provincial government department - with 1,749 staff located throughout the province. The department operates seven regional offices with 67 depots/units throughout the province.

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Primary Clients

The primary clients of the Department of Transportation and Works include:

  • Citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador, communities, businesses, the travelling public and other levels of government.
  • Provincial government departments and various agencies.

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Values

The Department of Transportation and Works is committed to providing a professional and quality service to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The department’s values are reflected daily as employees fulfill their roles and responsibilities in serving their clients. These values are a key element of the department’s culture and fundamental principles that guide our employees’ work.

Safety
At Transportation and Works, safety is a key priority and a fundamental part of the services that we provide. We believe that all employees have the right to be safe at work and that all employees share responsibility for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for each other and the general public.
 
Communication
At Transportation and Works, we believe that sharing information is key to organizational success. Open and transparent communication with clients and staff is what keeps us accountable, helps us to overcome any challenges, and allows us to celebrate successes. Each person takes initiative to share information with co-workers in support of the department’s mandate and supports the sharing of timely and relevant information with the public.
 
Respect
At Transportation and Works, we demonstrate respect for each other and for clients by being honest, ethical and transparent in our actions. Each person promotes a respectful work environment that values fairness and equality.
 
Dedication
At Transportation and Works, we are committed to providing a high quality service to our clients. We take pride in our work and complete all tasks efficiently and effectively. We support each other to fulfill our roles, and we support a culture of learning and development.
 
Teamwork
At Transportation and Works, each person collaborates with peers to problem solve and to fulfil the mandate of the department. We encourage information sharing across lines of business and supporting the needs of others.
 
Accountability
At Transportation and Works, each person takes their responsibilities seriously and contributes to a culture of openness and transparency in decision making and reporting. Each person accepts responsibility for their actions and follows through on their commitments.
 
Leadership
At Transportation and Works, we are committed to creating a positive work environment where initiative is shown, which helps to achieve the department’s maximum potential and recognizes the contributions of others.

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Vision

The vision of the Department of Transportation and Works is of safe, reliable and sustainable transportation and public works infrastructure and services, demonstrating the Department’s commitment to Service Excellence in supporting the social and economic needs of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Mission

The Department of Transportation and Works will have improved transportation and building infrastructure and service delivery that support the social and economic needs of Newfoundland and Labrador by 2017.

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