Authority Development was the category of sub-projects for creating the four new child and family services Authorities. The development of the Authorities was the key feature of the new system. The Authorities do not deliver services directly, but play an integral role in the coordination of services province-wide and are the governing bodies overseeing these services. The responsibilities of the Authorities include:
On June 10, 2002, legislation to create the new Authorities and structure was introduced in The Legislative Assembly. Royal Assent was received on August 9, 2002. The Child and Family Services Authorities Act came into force upon proclamation, November 24, 2003. The legislation is an important first step toward the restructured child and family services system.