Fonds 79-005 - Department of Labour fonds

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Department of Labour fonds

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    • 29 Apr. 1975 (Creation)
      Department of Labour

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    3 microfilm reels.

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    The Department of Labour came into existence with the passing of the Conciliation Act of 1900. The original objectives of the Department were the preparation and publication of the "Labour Gazette"; settlement of industrial disputes under the terms of the Conciliation Act; promotion of fair wage payment and proper conditions; and administration of the Alien Labour Acts. Initially, the administration of the Department was the responsibility of the Postmaster General, until 1909, when the Office of the Minister of Labour was established under a separate Cabinet portfolio. Additional responsibilities have been added to the Department over the years. It was involved in the creation of a system of national employment offices after 1918; and after 1926, in the implementation of Canada's first old age pension plan. In 1940, the Department began to administer unemployment insurance. After 1945, it became increasingly involved in the creation, planning, and administration of the Canada Labour Code. (Taken from: "Government Archives Division: General Guide Series." Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, 1991.)

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    The microfilm was purchased from the Library and Archives Canada.

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    Microfilm copy of portions of R.G. 27, volumes 55-61, in the Library and Archives Canada. It includes scrapbooks of clippings on the Winnipeg General Strike and the sedition trials which followed from 1919 to 1920.

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    The microfilm was purchased from the Library and Archives Canada.

    The original records are located at the Library and Archives Canada.


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        Microfilm. Set 31.


        Volumes 55-57; L-2 to L-10 = Library and Archives Canada reel no. C-4246

        Volumes 58-60; L-11 missing; L-12 to L-21 = Library and Archives Canada reel no. C-4247

        Volume 61; L-22 to L-24 = Library and Archives Canada reel no. C-4248

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