Fonds RG 72 - Department of Social Services fonds

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Department of Social Services fonds

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RG 72

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50.2 m of textual records

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The Department of Public Welfare was created in 1944 to bring under the minister of public health all matters relating to social welfare, including family and children's services, public charities, old age pensions, mothers' allowances, children's aid societies, juvenile court and reform schools. In 1946 a separate minister of public welfare was appointed. In 1973 the department was renamed Social Services, and in 1987 Community Services. The department provides financial assistance to individuals and families whose income is insufficient to meet basic needs, and social services to those requiring assistance because of individual or family problems.

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Fonds consists of records documenting the provision of public welfare, especially family and children's services.

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Transferred by department in 1989.


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Many of the records produced by the Department of Social Services involve interactions with individual Nova Scotians whose personal information is protected from unauthorized release by the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Materials requested for retrieval must be reviewed before release to the researcher to ensure that the requested files do not contain protected personal information.

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