Series GR-3416 - Progress of provincial infrastructure photo album

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Progress of provincial infrastructure photo album

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  • 16 Sep 1981 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Industry and Small Business Development

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29 photographs : col. and 1 map

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The Dept. of Trade and Industry was established in 1919 under its first name, the Dept. of Industries, with the enactment of the Department of Industries Act (SBC 1919, c. 34). Prior to that, the Bureau of Statistics compiled data on tourism, trade and industry for the Attorney-General. The mandate of the Dept. of Industries was to investigate matters of economic importance, to encourage industry, to collect and publish statistics, and to develop trade in the province. The minister and deputy minister, who was also the industrial commissioner, conducted surveys, carried out research in utilization of natural resources, conducted special investigations into industrial problems, and administered the Industrial Development Fund. In 1937, the functions of the Economic Council in the Dept. of Labour and the Bureau of Information in the Dept. of Finance were brought together with the functions of the Dept. of Industries to form a new department, the Dept. of Trade and Industry (Dept. of Trade and Industry Act, SBC 1937, c. 73). Three branches were established: the Bureau of Economics and Statistics, the Bureau of Trade Extension, and the Bureau of Industrial and Tourist Development. The names of the latter two branches were changed in 1939 to the Bureau of Industrial and Trade Extension and the Government Travel Bureau. In 1957, the Dept. of Trade and Industry Act was repealed and replaced by the Dept. of Industrial Development, Trade, and Commerce Act (SBC 1957, c. 29). As part of this process, the Dept. of Trade and Industry became the Dept. of Industrial Development, Trade, and Commerce. Its functions were to investigate matters of economic importance, encouragement of industry, collection and publication of statistics, and the development of trade. In 1974, the department was renamed the Dept. of Economic Development. In 1976, the department was renamed the Ministry of Economic Development. In 1979, the ministry changed its name to the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Small Business Development when all functions relating to tourism and small businesses were transferred from the dissolved Ministry of Tourism and Small Business Development. The following year, the functions relating to the tourism were transferred to the newly established Ministry of Tourism (OIC 49/80). As a result, of this change, the name of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Small Business Development’s name was changed to the Ministry of Industry and Small Business Development. In 1986, the ministry’s name was changed once again to the Ministry of Economic Development (OIC 1492/86). In 1988, the ministry was disestablished (OIC 1304/88). Its functions were split between the Ministry of Regional Development and Ministry of International Business and Immigration.

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In 1983 consolidation of information services transferred budgets and records to the newly created branch Government Information Services. These records were transferred to the BC Archives in 1988 from Government Information Services.

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The series consists of a photo album created by the Ministry of Industry and Small Business Development in 1981. The album contains 29 colour prints and 1 map showing the progress of provincial infrastructure in support of the North East Coal Development project. The photographs are of various infrastructure projects and show clearing of land for hydro transmission lines, highways and the municipality of Tumber Ridge, construction of hydro substations and bridges and work on tunnels and rail lines. The prints are taken from the Goverment image bank and have classification numbers 23-00826, 23-00858, 23-00859, 23-00456, 23-00857, 23-00856, 23-00855, 23-00468, 23-00854, 23-00870, 23-00871, 23-00861, 23-00862, 23-00864, 23-00865, 23-00867, 23-00876, 23-00492, 23-00877, 23-00628, 23-00602, 23-00497, 23-00564, 23-00878, 23-00880, 23-00881, 23-00882, 23-00883 and 23-00636. The map is of the North East Coal Development area around Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd and shows the road and rail work being constructed.

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

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See GR-3307, Beautiful British Columbia Magazines slides, for duplicate copies of the slides contained in this series.

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No further accruals expected.

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Accession number(s): 88-0437; 199003-004.


Graphic material may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.


Slides were removed from plastic binders and bad sleeves and placed in plastic sleeves and acid free

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