Welcome to Government Administrative Histories, your one-stop source for comprehensive but concise information on all Government departments – past and present – as well as all current agencies, boards, commission and offices.
Regularly updated, as departments or agencies are created, have their name changed, become defunct, or are merged with others. The latest update reflects the significant departmental restructuring initiative which took place in January 2011.
The search feature enables you to enter the official name of the public body you are looking for, as well as previous or other reasonably-likely versions of the name, and be taken to the official administrative history. You can also do free text searches under terms such as economic policy, family services and public buildings.
Each entry highlights the public body's origins, mandate and functions, and changes in name or responsibilities. It also refers you to entries for related public bodies, particularly predecessor and successor departments. The administrative histories are based on official sources, primarily statutes and orders in council, supplemented by government publications or other authoritative sources; these sources are listed for your convenience and to facilitate further research.
Government Administrative Histories consists of administrative histories of 108 public bodies, some dating back about 250 years. For example, the Department of Finance traces its origins to the first Provincial Treasurer appointed in 1750, and the Department of Justice to the first Attorney General appointed in 1749. The Department of Agriculture, established in 1885, is the oldest department still operating under its original name.
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