Series GR-1774 - Correspondence files related to administration of government agencies

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Correspondence files related to administration of government agencies

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  • 1917-1936 (Creation)

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2 m of textual records

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The Ministry of Finance was first established in 1873, when an amendment to the Constitution Act (SBC 1873, c. 31) established the position of minister of finance and agriculture. Prior to 1873, the office of the Provincial Secretary administered the financial affairs of the province. In 1879, the Revenue Act was enacted and it was this act that first defined the minister’s responsibilities regarding the management and control of the revenues and expenditures of the province (SBC 1879, c. 29). Since this time, the functions were to supervise, control, administer and direct all matters relating to the financial affairs of the government.

In 1899, a further revision to the Revenue Act (SBC 1899, c. 65) established the office of the Treasury Dept., presided over by the minister of finance. Although a separate Dept. of Agriculture was established in 1894, the minister of finance continued to act as both the minister of finance and agriculture until 1916 when the ministries were fully separated (SBC 1916, c. 14)

The name of the Treasury Dept. was changed to the Dept. of Finance on March 20, 1929.

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The Dept. of Finance was established in 1929, when amendments to the Revenue Act renamed the Treasury Dept. to the Dept. of Finance (SBC 1929, c. 53). The department was responsible for the collection and management of provincial revenues, debt management, and the payment and accounting of public moneys appropriated for the use of the government by the Legislative Assembly. In 1976, the name of the department was changed to the Ministry of Finance (OIC 3199/76).

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This series consists of correspondence related to the administration of government agencies and government agents created by the Department of Finance and its predecessor, the Treasury Department from 1917-1936. Records relate to the following government agencies : 150 Mile House, Alberni, Anyox, Ashcroft, Atlin, Barkerville, Cariboo district, Clayoquot, Clinton, Cranbrook, Cumberland, Duncan, Fairview, Fernie, Fort Fraser, Fort George, Golden, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Hope, Kamloops, Kaslo, Lillooet, Merritt, Nakusp, Nanaimo, Nelson, New Denver, New Westminster, Penticton, Pouce Coupe, Prince Rupert, Quatsino, Queen Charlotte Islands, Quesnel, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salmon Arm, Smithers, Stewart, Telegraph Creek, Vancouver, Vernon, Williams Lake, Wilmer.

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Records accessioned in 1985.


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Accession number(s): 91-0768 (G85-082)

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