British Columbia. Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing

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British Columbia. Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing

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  • Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing

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The Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing was established on December 5, 1978 by the amalgamation of the Parks Branch of the former Ministry of Recreation and Conservation, the land-related functions of Ministry of the Environment and the housing functions of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (OIC 3018/78). The main functions of the ministry were to: (1) administer the Crown land resource of the Province; (2) to encourage outdoor recreation, establish parks and conserve the natural scenic and historic features of the Province; (3) to undertake programs relating to the provision of housing in the Province; (4) and to administer and enforce safety standards respecting recreational activities and services on Crown land. The ministry was organized into 3 sections, one each for lands, parks and outdoor recreation, and housing. An assistant deputy minister headed each section. The Lands section was responsible for the Land Management Branch, Water Rights Branch, Legal Surveys Branch, and the University Endowment Lands Adminstration. The Parks and Outdoor Recreation section was responsible for preserving and managing the natural and historical heritage of the Province in terms of the lands, water, wildlife and historical resources to ensure their preservation, and to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to all residents. The Housing section was responsible for ensuring that all citizens had access to affordable housing of adequate quality. The Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing was disestablished in 1986 (OIC 1491/86). All functions relating to parks and recreation were transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Parks. All functions relating to Crown lands were transferred to the Ministry of Forests and Lands. All housing functions were transferred to the Ministry of Social Services and Housing.


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Michael Carter 2008-12-04




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Created by: Michael Carter
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