Series GR-0130 - Department of Human Resources case files sample

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Department of Human Resources case files sample

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  • ca.1945-1972 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Human Resources

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3.14 m of textual records

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The Dept. of Human Resources was established in 1973 when the government renamed the Dept. of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement (SBC 1973, c. 84). The functions of the former Dept. of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement remained virtually the same in this new department. The Dept. of Human Resources was responsible for all matters relating to social and public welfare and social assistance. The department provided the delivery of a broad range of social services and income security programs including income assistance, assistance to the handicapped and the elderly, child welfare services and residential services. The department was originally organized into 3 branches which included the Social Services and Income Security Programme, Long Range Planning and Social Research, and Community Services. The Social Services and Income Security Programme was responsible for managing treatment programmes, income assistance, community programmes and child welfare. Long Range Planning and Social Researchcarried out research and mantained statistics. Community Services managed the 13 regional offices that offered services to British Columbians. In 1976, the government renamed the department as the Ministry of Human Resources (SBC 1973, c. 84).

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A systematic sample of early case files including some of the earliest applications for the Old Age Assistance, Disabled Persons Allowance and Blind Persons Allowance programs; case files from the Island Youth Centre; and files representing the generalized case loads of the regions, including social allowance, pensions, boarding and nursing homes, foster homes, unmarried mothers, and all matters that were dealt with by the Welfare Field Service. In January 1975, E.L. Northup, the Associate Deputy Minister, sent out an operational directive (No. 201974/75) to all Regional Directors, District Supervisors, Municipal Administrators, Divisional and Institutional Heads and Senior Administration, requesting that the various offices send a random sample of their files inactive since 31 December 1966, to the Provincial Archives. The sampling instructions were to "select every 5th file from each group until the sample is complete". A certain number of files were requested from each Region, the Island Youth Centre and the Division of Aging. Although the instructions were to sample only from files inactive since 31 December 1966, some of the files received do include material up to 1972. Region 2 - 25 Region 3 - 15 Region 4 - 15 Region 5 - 40 Region 6 - 25 Region 7 - 15 Region 8 - 15 Region 9 - 15 Region 10 - 20 Region 11 - 50 Island Youth Centre - 10 Division of Aging - 25 of each case category cited (B.P.A., D.P.A., S.A., O.A.S.) The file list is composed of the information received from the transferring office, program represented and/or name of applicant. Some information has been severed from the file descriptions in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Where information has been removed, this is indicated by the following annotation: [severed].

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Transferred from various offices in 1975.


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These records are restricted. Please contact the BC Archives for information about access.

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Accession number(s): 76-G-060

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