Office of Citizens’ Representative – Newfoundland and Labrador
    1. Box 8400, 20 Crosbie Place, 4th Floor, Beothuk Bldg., St. John’s, NL A1B 3N7


Tel: (709) 729-7647 Toll-free: 1-800-559-0079                        Fax: (709) 729-7696

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Mandate: To accept complaints from citizens who feel they have been treated unfairly with respect to

their contact with government offices and agencies. The Citizens’ Representative, and staff, will attempt to mediate citizens’ complaints and if this is not possible, will undertake an impartial and unbiased investigation.

Target Population: All citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

      • The Citizens’ Representative has the authority to investigate complaints from individuals who believe they have been treated unfairly by provincial public employees or officials. The Office cannot investigate:
        • the House of Assembly or a committee thereof;
        • the Cabinet;
        • the Executive Council or a committee thereof;
        • a court, judge or a justice of the peace;
        • an arbitrator appointed under the Arbitration Act;
        • any decision where the citizen has a right to appeal to a court or tribunal but has not yet done so or the time for doing so has not expired;
        • a decision by the Access to Information Commissioner;
        • a problem that the Child and Youth Advocate has the power to deal with.
      • It is important to note that the Citizens’ Representative cannot deal with complaints of unfairness that may arise from a citizen’s dealings with the federal or municipal governments. As well the actions of private companies, agencies and individuals are beyond a review by this Office.
      • For a complete list of boards and agencies that Office of Citizens Representative can investigate, click here.