B.C.'s social development minister has been replaced after weeks of criticism for cuts to programming for the developmentally disabled.

Premier Christy Clark announced the cabinet shuffle Monday, replacing Harry Bloy with Stephanie Cadieux. Cadieux was formerly the minister of labour.

Bloy has recently sustained heavy criticism from advocates and families of the disabled, who have complained about group home closures and cuts to funding for life skills and employment programs. He has now been handed the title of minister of state for multiculturalism.

A former backbencher, Bloy was also the only sitting MLA to support Clark in her bid to lead the Liberals.

Clark's shuffle also puts Margaret MacDiarmid as the new minister of labour, and gives Ron Cantelon, Gordon Hogg, Donna Barnett and Richard Lee parliamentary secretary positions.