Series GR-3310 - Deputy Minister general office files

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Deputy Minister general office files

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  • 1958-1992 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Provincial Capital Commission

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3.74 m of textual records

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On the first day of March, 1956, an act was passed in the legislature establishing the Capital Improvement District Commission (CIDC). In the beginning the CIDC included representation from the four core municipalities of Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, and the City of Victoria. Eventually it was expanded to include all of the Saanich Peninsula and the Western Communities as far as Sooke and Port Renfrew. The Commission endeavoured to aid municipal and civic interests by supplying advice, capital funds, and impetus to undertake projects that might not otherwise have been realized. The CIDC’s very first project in 1957 was to improve parts of Victoria’s Dallas Road waterfront at a cost of $65,345. In the fifty years hence, we have committed approximately $19 million for various improvement and beautification projects. In 1977 the CIDC became the Provincial Capital Commission (PCC) and was charged with the stewardship of several provincial properties of historical, heritage, and natural significance, such as the Crystal Garden, St. Ann’s Academy, the CPR Steamship Terminal, and the old Imperial Oil Service Station with its unique art deco tower. The vision of the PCC was expanded again in 2003 to include a broader, province-wide directive to "connect and celebrate the Capital with all British Columbians." Through outreach and education initiatives, the PCC endeavors to foster pride and awareness in all British Columbians in the diverse cultures, rich history, and natural beauty of the province and its Capital City.

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The records in accession 92-6573 were donated to the British Columbia Archives in 1995 and 1996 by Joan Giles, the widow of George Giles.

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Series consists of general files created by George Giles in his capacity as an employee of the Department of Public Works and as Deputy Minister of the Department and later Ministry of Public Works. The files cover the period from 1958 to 1992 and include records relating to daily affairs of the ministry as well as files relating to major public works projects including the British Columbia building in Vancouver, the Vancouver court house and the Legislative precinct in Victoria. In addition there are files relating to the formation of the British Columbia Buildings Corporation (BCBC), files relating to the Ministries of Deregulation, Recreation and Culture and Highways and Public Works, and files relating to the Provincial Capital Commission and its work. There are also some personal files interspersed throughout the series. The records are not arranged according to any particular filing or classification system.

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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records

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Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

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Accession number(s): 92-6573

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