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Saskatchewan. Dept. of Welfare. Child Welfare Branch

  • GA 155
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1965-1968

The Child Welfare Branch of the Department of Welfare was established in 1965 to provide programs and services that assisted children and families at risk. Its programs and services included: child protection; adoption; foster care; and assistance for unmarried parents. Programs and services were administered under The Child Welfare Act, and were provided through a network of regional offices throughout the province. The Director of the Child Welfare Branch was O.H. Driedger.

Child protection services addressed reports of child abuse or neglect in homes. Adoption services provided counselling and facilitated planning for the placement of children relinquished for adoption. Adoptions were administered through ward and non-ward agreements. In 1967, the Adoption of Indian and Métis (AIM) program was established to increase efforts in the adoption of First Nations and Métis children. Foster care was provided in situations of temporary or permanent removal of children from their families. Placements for these children included foster homes and children's institutions. Institutions operated by the branch included: Dales House and Kilburn Hall, temporary residences for children; and the Saskatchewan Boys' School, a temporary residence for delinquent boys. The branch also provided subsidies to private societies, religious groups and service clubs which provided residences for the temporary care of children. Services to unmarried mothers included financial assistance, and support in establishing paternity of the children in order to secure financial assistance from the fathers.

As a result of departmental reorganization in 1968, the planning and administration of child welfare programs became the responsibility of the department's Programs Division, while the delivery of child welfare client services became the responsibility of the Operations Division.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Community Resources. Child and Family Services Division

  • GA 160
  • Secondary Agency
  • 2006-2007

The Child and Family Services Division of the Department of Community Resources was established on February 3, 2006. It was responsible for the administration of The Child and Family Services Amendment Act, 2003. The division reported to one of the department's Assistant Deputy Ministers, Shelley Whitehead. Its programs and services provided targeted support for at-risk children, youth and families. Program areas included: child protection and family support services; foster care provided by families throughout the province; adoption and the provision of post-adoption information; teen and young parent welfare; family violence intervention and counselling; and child nutrition education. The division also consulted with child and family services agencies from eighteen First Nations on the provision of child welfare services to families living on reserve.

The Child and Family Services Division was disestablished on November 21, 2007. Responsibilities of the division were transferred to the Child and Family Services Division of the Ministry of Social Services.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation. Public Assistance Branch, 1954-1965

  • GA 163
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1954-1965

The Public Assistance Branch of the Department of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation was established in 1954 as a result of departmental reorganization. The branch was responsible for the administration of: The Social Aid Act; The Old Age Assistance Act; The Blind Persons' Allowances Act; The Disabled Persons' Allowances Act, 1954; The Deserted Wives' and Children's Maintenance Act, 1950; and The Mothers' Allowance Regulations. Programs provided by the division were: social aid; supplemental allowances to old age security pensioners and blind persons; mothers' allowances; old age assistance; disabled and blind persons' allowances; and deserted wives and children's support.

The social aid program was administered jointly by the branch and by municipalities throughout Saskatchewan. Assistance was offered to clients based on a "needs test" evaluation system which ensured that clients were receiving assistance appropriate to their needs. In addition to the program's long-term financial assistance, short-term housing and access to health services were offered to transients. In Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert, the Salvation Army collaborated with the branch and the respective municipalities in the provision of these services. Supplemental allowances were offered through the branch to old age security pensioners and to blind persons who required additional financial assistance. Allowance programs were administered by the branch to mothers, blind and disabled persons and to residents 65 years or older. The allowances were typically a fixed amount offered to qualifying residents on a monthly basis. By 1962, the mothers' allowance program was changed to focus on dependent families. The branch also provided services to deserted wives and children by administrating maintenance orders for support of children where support or payments were not granted to the wives.

The Department of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation was discontinued on April 30, 1965 with the establishment of the Department of Welfare. Responsibility for public assistance programs and services was assumed by the Public Assistance Branch of the new department.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Income Security Branch

  • GA 165
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1978-1979

Established in 1978, the Income Security Branch of the Department of Social Services was responsible for the delivery of programs under authority of The Saskatchewan Assistance Act. Income support was administered through the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan (SAP), the province's basic income support program. Funding for the program was shared with the federal government under its Canada Assistance Plan. In addition to income support, the SAP offered welfare services such as counselling, rehabilitation and preventative services to clients in need. The branch also administered two supplemental programs: the Family Income Plan for low-income families with children under the age of 18; and the Saskatchewan Income Plan for residents 65 and older whose incomes were limited to the federal Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement. As well, local appeal boards comprised of departmental staff and local citizens addressed grievances raised by clients about their applications for assistance under the SAP. Decisions of a local appeal board could be further appealed to the Provincial Social Services Appeal Board.

As a result of departmental re-organization in 1979, the Income Security Branch became the responsibility of the department's Income Support and Employment Services Division.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Economic and Co-operative Development. Investment and Corporate Services Division, 1997-1998

  • GA 169
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1997-1998

The Investment and Corporate Services Division of the Saskatchewan Department of Economic and Co-operative Development was established in the 1997-1998 fiscal year as a result of a departmental reorganization. The Division was organized into: Investment and Industry Development Programs; Administrative Services; Human Resources; and Systems Services. Additional responsibilities administered by the Division for the Department were: the coordination of legislative and regulatory amendments; processing of Orders-in-Council; and the handling of Freedom of Information requests.

The mandate of Investment and Industry Development Programs was to promote the growth and diversification of Saskatchewan businesses and to increase competition and employment in the business sector. It was responsible for the Small Business Loans Association Program; the Canada-Saskatchewan Partnership Agreement on Rural Development; and it provided administrative support to the Strategic Initiatives Fund and the Regional Economic Development Authority. Investment Services promoted the development and growth of Saskatchewan businesses through the administration of the Labour-sponsored Venture Capital Program and Business Immigration Programs. The Labour-sponsored Venture Capital Program contributed funds for investment in small and medium-sized Saskatchewan-based businesses. Business Immigration Programs were responsible for coordinating the federal-provincial administration of the Immigrant Investor Program and the Immigrant Entrepreneur Program.

The Investment and Corporate Services Division was disestablished in July, 1998 as a result of another departmental reorganization. Responsibility for the Investment and Industry Development Programs was assumed by the Operations Division, while those of Administrative Services, Human Resources and Systems Services were assumed by the Corporate Management Division.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Economic and Co-operative Development. Investment and Corporate Services Division, 2000-2002

  • GA 171
  • Secondary Agency
  • 2000-2002

The Investment and Corporate Services Division of the Saskatchewan Department of Economic and Co-operative Development was established in September, 2000 as the result of a departmental reorganization. The Division is responsible for the administration and management of the majority of the Department's service areas. It was comprised of four branches: Investment Services; Economic Investments; Financial and Administrative Services; and Information Systems Services.

The Investment Services Branch was responsible for promoting the growth and development of Saskatchewan businesses. It provided services and programs that encouraged businesses to increase equity financing from the community, and expand their human resources. The Branch was responsible for the administration of: The Labour-sponsored Venture Capital Corporations Program; business immigration programs, namely the Provincial Nominee Program and the Immigrant Investor Program; the Small Business Loans Association Program; and the Saskatchewan Business Ambassadors Program. On April 1, 2001, responsibility for business immigration programs was transferred to the Immigration Branch of the Department of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs which was established in September, 2000.

The Economic Investments Branch was responsible for administering programs aimed at building Saskatchewan's economy through innovation, research and development, and the adaptation of technologies. Programs administered by the Branch were the Strategic Investment Fund; the Innovation and Science Fund; the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement and the Youth Provincial Action Committee on the Economy.

The Financial and Administrative Services Branch was responsible for the provision of general operating, financial and legislative services to the Department and to the Office of Northern Affairs. The Information Systems Services Branch provided infrastructure and technical support to the Department in the areas of information technology and information management.

The Department of Economic and Co-operative Development and its subordinate agencies were disestablished on March 26, 2002 as a result of a governmental reorganization. The Department merged with the Department of Energy and Mines to form the Department of Industry and Resources.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Economic and Co-operative Development

  • GA 168
  • Primary Agency
  • 1997-2002

The Saskatchewan Department of Economic and Co-operative Development was established on April 1, 1997 and repealed the former Department of Economic Development Regulations. From its establishment until the 1998-1999 fiscal year, the Department was organized into six divisions: Policy and Co-ordination; Investment and Corporate Services; Community Economic Development; Sector Development; Communications and Marketing; and Co-operatives Directorate. The Policy and Co-ordination Division focused on the creation and monitoring of economic development strategies for the Province. It was also a key participant in intra-governmental committees that focused on economic development. Branches of the Division were: Business Services Improvement; Strategic Planning; Economic Analysis; and Economic Planning. The Investment and Corporate Services Division provided departmental services to eight regional offices throughout the province. It was comprised of four branches: Investment and Industry Development Programs; Administrative Services; Human Resources; and Systems Services. The Community Economic Development Division was comprised of a small staff dedicated to the economic development of the food processing sector, and the Regional Economic Development Services Branch which offered the Department's programs and services through its regional offices. The Sector Development Division was comprised of units reflective of five sectors of the province's economy: Information Technology; Meat Processing; Manufacturing; Multimedia and Digital Technologies; and Synchotron and Biotech. It was also responsible for the administration of the Department's satellite office in Ottawa. The Communications and Marketing Division was responsible for the promotion of the Saskatchewan economy to parties outside the province. The mandate of the Co-operatives Directorate was to strengthen the province's socio-economic base through its promotion and support of co-operative governance and ownership structures, principles and business practices.

As a result of a departmental reorganization during the 1998-1999 fiscal year, the Department was subsequently comprised of the following Divisions: Policy and Co-ordination; Operations; Information Technology Office; and Corporate Affairs and Partnerships. The responsibilities of the Policy and Co-ordination Division remained unchanged; however, the name of the division was shortened to Policy Division in the 1999-2000 fiscal year. The Operations Division encompassed most of the functions of the former Community Economic Development and Sector Development Divisions and the Co-operatives Directorate. It assumed responsibility for the regional offices, and for the Department's sector business specialists who subsequently formed the Business Development Unit. The Program Development and Support Branch was responsible for the administration and provision of investment and immigration programs. The Information Technology Office was given full division status to reflect the increasing importance of information technology both within the Department, but also in the Saskatchewan economy. It focused on Y2K preparedness and on policy and planning pertaining to information management and technology and telecommunications. The Corporate Affairs and Partnerships Division assumed responsibility for the Department's corporate management (human resources, systems services, financial and administrative services) and its marketing and corporate affairs. Additionally, it assumed responsibility of the Ottawa office and the Department's interests in the Saskatoon-based Synchotron project.

Another departmental reorganization occurred during the 2000-2001 fiscal year, resulting a structure comprised of the following Divisions: Policy; Investment and Corporate Services; Information Technology Office; Community Economic and Business Development; Marketing and Corporate Resources; as well as the Strategic Initiatives Branch. The responsibilities of the Policy Division and the Information Technology Office remained unchanged. The Investment and Corporate Services Division was comprised of branches of the former Corporate Affairs and Partnerships Division and Program Development and Support Branch. The new Division included four Branches: Investment Services; Economic Investments; Financial and Administrative Services; and Information System Services. The Community Economic and Business Development Division assumed all responsibilities of the Operations Division and the Ottawa office. It was comprised of two Branches: Regional Economic Development Services; and the Business Development Unit. The Marketing and Corporate Resources Division included several branches of the former Corporate Affairs and Partnerships Division. It was comprised of the four Branches: Marketing; Public Affairs; Planning and Research; and Human Resources. The Strategic Initiatives Branch was responsible for high-priority economics projects in key sectors that required negotiations with senior government officials and sector stakeholders.

The Department of Economic and Co-operative Development was disestablished on March 26, 2002 when it merged with the Department of Energy and Mines to form the Department of Industry and Resources.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs

  • GA 172
  • Primary Agency
  • 1997-2002

The Saskatchewan Department of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs was established on June 27, 1997 by provisions of The Department of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs Regulations. From 1997 to 2000, the Minister of the Department was also Provincial Secretary. Between 1998 and 2000, the Department had an Associate Minister. During the 2000-2001 fiscal year, separate Ministers were sworn in for Intergovernmental Affairs and for Aboriginal Affairs and Provincial Secretary; while in the 2001-2002 year, the separate portfolios were Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, and Provincial Secretary. At its establishment, the Department was organized into three Divisions: Intergovernmental Affairs; Aboriginal Affairs; and Provincial Secretary, with two supporting Branches: Administration; and Communications.

The Intergovernmental Affairs Division was responsible for the promotion of Saskatchewan's interests through its relations with other governments in Canada and abroad. It was organized into five Branches: Constitutional Relations; International Relations; Trade Policy; Telecommunications and Broadcasting; and Federal-Provincial Relations. During the 2000-2001 fiscal year, the Division reorganized into two Branches: Trade Policy and International Relations; and Canadian Intergovernmental Relations and Immigration.

The Aboriginal Affairs Division was responsible for relations with the province's First Nations, Métis and Aboriginal peoples. It promoted and facilitated partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups and negotiated with the federal government on matters pertaining to Indigenous peoples. The Division was organized into two branches: Aboriginal Policy and Operations; and Indian Lands and Resources.

The Provincial Secretary Division was responsible for the provision of services related to protocol, honours, ceremonial events, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, and the Office of French Language Co-ordination. At its establishment, it was organized into three Branches: Protocol Office; Office of the Lieutenant Governor; and Office of French Language Co-ordination. During the 1998-1999 fiscal year, branches were added for an Anniversaries Secretariat in preparation for the Province's Centennial in 2005, and for the administration of Government House. In the 2001-2002 fiscal year, the Office of French Language Co-ordination became an independent unit within the Department.

The Department of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs was disestablished on March 31, 2002. The Department of Government Relations and Aboriginal Affairs was established and assumed responsibilities of the former Department, and portions of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

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