The Premier’s Council on Disabilities is a body for consultation, study and information sharing, which was created to advise the provincial government on matters relating to the status of persons with disabilities. The Council reports directly to the Premier of the Province.
Many groups and individuals have worked very hard to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities in New Brunswick.
During a large provincial conference in the Fall of 1981, which involved many consumers with disabilities, parents, organizations serving persons with disabilities and government representatives, it was decided that a permanent body was needed to maintain the momentum generated by the International Year of Disabled Persons. The unanimous resolution of the conference prompted provincial legislation to be drafted and passed that created the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons effective September 1, 1982.
The act governing the Premier’s Council on Disabilities states that the Council shall:
The Council consists of a Chairperson and twelve other members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council. Provisions in the Act guarantee representation by regions and agencies working on behalf of persons with disabilities and the public at large.
The Chairperson is appointed for a term of three years. Council members are appointed for two years. Half of the members come up for reappointment or replacement each year.