Series GR-3546 - Public health engineering plans

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Public health engineering plans

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  • microform
  • cartographic material

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the Health Safety and Protection Operational Records Classification System.
  • Variations in title: These records have also been known as “water system engineering drawings” and “sanitation blueprints and plans.”

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GR-3546

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  • 1967-1989 (originally created ca. 1920-1989) (Creation)
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    British Columbia. Ministry of Environment (1988-1991)

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83 microfilm reels and ca. 10,000 aperture cards

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(1988-1991)

Biographical history

The ministry was established in 1975, under its first name, Dept. of Environment, by an Order in Council (OIC 3838/75).

The original functions of the Dept. of Environment were transferred from the Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, whose functions had been split between the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forests. Except for matters under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Forests, the department was responsible for water rights, issues such as air pollution control, and the management and protection of water and land resources, including Crown lands. The department was divided into three branches: land and water management, environmental and engineering services, and environmental protection. Later in 1976, the Dept. of Environment was renamed the Ministry of the Environment (OIC: 3199/76).

In 1978, a major government reorganization transferred functions relating to lands and parks from the Ministry of the Environment to the newly established Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing. At the same time, the functions of marine resources, fish and wildlife were transferred from the disestablished Ministry of Recreation and Conservation. Environmental health engineering was transferred from the reorganized Ministry of Health and emergency programming from the reorganized Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Travel Industry. The reorganized Ministry of the Environment was divided into four branches: Land and Water Management, Environmental and Engineering Services, Environmental Protection, and Environment and Land Use Secretariat.

In 1979 the name was revised as the Ministry of Environment, removing “the” (OIC 3018/78, see also RSBC 1979, c. 271). In 1986, the parks function from the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing, was merged with the Ministry of Environment. As a result of this addition to its functions, the Ministry of Environment became known as the Ministry of Environment and Parks (OIC 1495/86).

In 1988, the parks function was removed and transferred to the newly established Ministry of Parks. As a result, the Ministry of Environment and Parks was renamed the Ministry of Environment, which existed from 1988/07/06 to 1991/11/04, when it was disestablished. Its functions were then merged with the functions of the Ministry of Lands and Parks to create a new ministry called the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, existing from 1991/11/05 to 2001/06/04. Successor to this ministry was the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, existing from 2001/06/05 to 2005/06/15. Successor to this (by OIC 450/2005) was the Ministry of Environment, created 2005/06/16.

The Ministry of Environment is responsible for providing environmental education, promoting the sustainable use of British Columbia's environmental resources, monitoring air and water quality, reducing and removing wastes from the environment, and emphasizing compliance.

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(1946-1959)

Biographical history

The Ministry of Health was established in 1946 under its first name, the Department of Health and Welfare, with the enactment of the Department of Health and Welfare Act (SBC 1946, c. 31). Prior to that, public health services in British Columbia began in 1869 following the passage of An ordinance for promoting the public health in the Colony of British Columbia. When British Columbia joined confederation in 1871, the ordinance became part of the statutes. With the passage of the Public Health Act in 1893, the Provincial Board of Health was formed, reporting to the Attorney-General. From 1907 to 1946, the functions of public health, social welfare, and social assistance were administered by a Provincial Health Officer reporting to the Provincial Board of Health in the Dept. of the Provincial Secretary. With the establishment of the Dept. of Health and Welfare in 1946, responsibility for public health and social welfare in the province was transferred to the department from the Provincial Secretary. The deputy minister of health was the Provincial Health Officer and the department was divided into two branches: public health and social welfare. A third branch, Hospital Insurance Services, was added in 1948 with the passage of the Hospital Insurance Act (SBC 1948, c. 28). It administered payment of hospital bills, hospital management, and hospital construction. In 1959, the functions of health and social welfare were separated to form two new departments, the Dept. of Social Welfare and the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance (SBC 1959, c. 38).

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(1959-1973)

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The Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance was established in 1959 in accordance with the Department of Health Services and Hospital Insurance Act (SBC 1946, c. 31). The Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance was the successor to the Department of Health and Welfare which was originally responsible for both the functions of public health and social welfare. (SBC 1959, c. 38). In 1959, the functions of health and social welfare were separated to form two new departments, the Dept. of Social Welfare and the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance. The newly named Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance was originally organized into three branches: health, mental health services (transferred from the jurisdiction of Provincial Secretary), and hospital insurance service. Another government reorganization in 1972, and a major review of provincial health services, eliminated the Mental Health Branch by assigning its resources to various components within the department. The department was renamed the Dept. of Health in 1973 (SBC 1973, c. 109).

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(1973-1976)

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The Dept. of Health was established in 1973 as the successor to the Department of Health Services and Hospital Insurance Act (SBC 1973, c. 109). The Dept. of Health was responsible for public health related functions in the government. The department was originally divided into two branches: Medical and Hospital Programs and Community Health Programs. In 1976, the department was renamed the Ministry of Health (OIC 3199/76).

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(1976-2001)

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The Ministry of Health was established in 1976 as the successor to the Dept. of Health (OIC 3199/76). The ministry was responsible for managing public health in the province. In 1977, the deaprtment was organized into three major programs for mental health, public health and special health programs. After 1980, the department had three programs: Preventive Services, Direct Community Care Services, and Hospital Programs. Two years later the names of the programs changed to: Community Care, Long Term Care, and Hospital Programs. In 1984 the department’s two programs were Preventive and Community Care Services and Institutional Services. These changed to Hospital Programs, Continuing Care Services, and Emergency Health Services in 1988. Responsibility for seniors was added to the Ministry of Health in 1989, and in 1996 the ministry was renamed Ministry of Health and Ministry Responsible for Seniors (OIC 203/96). In 2001, the functions of the ministry were divided between two new ministries: the Ministry of Health Services and the Ministry of Health Planning.

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The Health Act of 1893 (SBC 1893, c. 15) established a system by which the government would review and approve public water supplies, and systems of sewerage, that are contemplated by municipalities and incorporated companies, and, in later health act revisions, individuals. The series contains engineering plans from ca. 1920 to 1989.

The records consist of copies of engineering plans submitted to the government by third parties and approved by government in accordance with the Health Act. The plans are of various scale and sizes. They government stamped the plans to show the date of the approval. The plans are numbered sequentially from 1 to 18171. Each number represents an application. There are also plans at the end of the series that are numbered from 12-001 to 14-002. Most applications consist of one plan though some applications consist of multiple plans. An index to plans 1-18171 are available in GR-3547.

The following government offices were responsible for approving these plans:

Provincial Board of Health 1920-1946
Dept. of Health and Welfare 1946-1959
Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance 1959-1973
Dept. of Health 1973-1976
Ministry of Health 1976-1979
Ministry of Environment 1979-1989

The records have been classified as 32900-30 in the Health Safety and Protection Operational Records Classification System.

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There are no preservation copies of the microfilm reels or aperture cards. It may therefore be necessary for the archives to create a copy of the reel or aperture card prior to providing access to these records. There are no further restrictions to access.

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Finding aids

See GR-3547 for an index of plans 1-18171.

A microfilm and box list is available.

http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Document/Finding_Aids_AtoM/GR-3501_to_GR-4000/gr-3546.pdf

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Future accruals are expected as per the classification and retention schedule for these records.

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Accession number: 91-1268

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Contains 35 mm microfilm reels and 9 x 19 cm aperture cards.

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