British Columbia. Department of Public Works

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British Columbia. Department of Public Works

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The Department of Public Works was established in 1908 through the enactment of the Department of Public Works Act, which formalized the division of the former Department of Lands and Works into two departments.

The Department was responsible for design, construction and maintenance of government offices and buildings used by various provincial agencies; public highways, bridges, wharves; river-bank protection; and maintenance of ferry and steamboat services.
In 1975 the Department of Public Works and the Department of Highways merged to form the Department of Highways and Public Works.


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Revised 2023-12-18, SLW




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