Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources and Industrial Development

Identity area

Type of entity

Primary Agency

Authorized form of name

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources and Industrial Development

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Department of Natural Resources and Industrial Development

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1944-1950

History

On November 10, 1944 the Department of Natural Resources was expanded to include an Industrial Development Branch, resulting in the creation of the Department of Natural Resources and Industrial Development.

The department originally consisted of 10 branches, as follows: Forestry, Lands, Mines, Coal Administrator, Fisheries, Game and Fur, Water Rights, Surveys, Parks and Industrial Development.

The Industrial Development Branch was established to promote the general economic utilization of Saskatchewan's natural resources. Provincially-owned and operated industries developed by the Department included: a shoe factory, a tannery, fish filleting plants, a box factory and a fur marketing service.

The Lands Branch at this time was comprised of the Land Patents Division, Cultivated Lands Division, Land Sales Division, and Grazing Lands Division. On May 1, 1945, the Land Utilization Division was established when the function was transferred from the Department of Agriculture.

The following changes occurred in departmental structure between 1947 and 1949:

In the 1946-1947 fiscal year, the Office Administration and Personnel Branch was established within the department. As well, the Construction and Equipment Branch was formed to build roads and fireguards in northern areas. On January 1, 1949 the divisions within this branch became separate branches, the Equipment Branch and the Construction Branch.

Also in 1946-1947, the Parks and Lands Branch was set up to manage provincial parks and lands unsuitable for agricultural or pastoral purposes, including wasteland, forests and lands in the northern mineral belt. In 1948, the administration of agricultural and pastoral lands governed by The Provincial Lands Act and The Land Utilization Act was transferred to the Department of Agriculture.

During the 1947-1948 fiscal year, the Mines Branch reorganized into Mineral Resources Branch with the Coal, Metals, Minerals and Petroleum divisions. These divisions merged in 1950.

Following the creation of Local Improvement District "A" as a vast northern municipal district, the Northern Administration Branch was established in June 1947. While the Department of Health administered health issues, the Branch held responsibility for social aid, old age pensions and child allowances.

A Radio Branch was also formed in 1947.

During 1948-1949 an Office of the Executive Assistant was set up in Prince Albert to provide assistance to the Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister.

In March 1950, Order-in-Council 503/50 established the Industrial Development Office to promote the development of new industries in Saskatchewan, assist already established industries and publicize the province's resources, opportunities and industrial progress. The old Industrial Development Branch was renamed the Resources Utilization Branch and administered the utilization of industrial minerals.

In 1950, the Department of Natural Resources and Industrial Development reverted to its previous designation as the Department of Natural Resources.

Places

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

The primary function of the Department of Natural Resources from 1944 to 1950 was to manage and protect Saskatchewan's natural resources, including lands, forests, minerals, wildlife, fish, and water and to foster the establishment of new industries.
The department administered the disposition of resources; issued permits and licenses for their use; implemented conservation and protection practices, such as fish stocking, forest fire control, park development and road construction; conducted surveys and prepared maps and plans for departmental and public use.

Mandates/sources of authority

An Act to Amend The Department of Natural Resources Act (R.S.S. 1944 (2nd Session), c.8)

Order-in-Council 503/50 (March 24, 1950)

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

Lands Branch

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1944-1947

Description of relationship

Lands Branch is a subordinate agency to Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources and Industrial Development

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Lands Branch (1931-)

Identifier of the related entity

GA 37

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1944-1947

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources and Industrial Development is the controlling agency for Saskatchewan. Lands Branch

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources (1930-1944)

Identifier of the related entity

GA 12

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources and Industrial Development is the successor of Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources, 1950-1974 (1950-1974)

Identifier of the related entity

GA 61

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources, 1950-1974 is the successor of Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources and Industrial Development

Access points area

Subject access points

Place access points

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

GA 13

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Rules for Archival Description (RAD)

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Authority record created on 2008-03-05. Approved 2012-01-24. Last modified on 2017-11-29.

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Departmental Annual Reports.
Saskatchewan Executive and Legislative Directory (SELD).
AMICUS Authorities - no entry found.
Administrative Histories Binder, GRB (Saskatchewan Archives Resource Binder).

Maintenance notes

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