Fonds 82/151 - Economics and Research Branch fonds

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Economics and Research Branch fonds

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CA ON00093 82/151

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  • 1951 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records

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The Economics and Research Branch of the Dept. of Labour was tasked with the charge of "economic analysis and research in the field of labour" for the Government of Canada in the 1950s. Like most government research agencies, the Economics and Research Branch focused its research on areas that might affect policy decisions in the department. For the Dept. of Labour, those areas were employment, manpower development, labour market, labour relations, and labour standards and safety. In 1966, the responsibilities of labour research were transferred to the Department of Manpower and Immigration. In 1976, the remainder of the Economics and Research Branch was re-arranged to become the Labour Data Branch.

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Fonds consists of four reports on measures taken to regulate the Canadian workforce during the Second World War. The first report, entitled "The Canadian Labour Priority System During World War II", gives a history of the National Selective Service's (NSS) Labour Priority Schedule, from an administrative perspective. The emphasis is on the progression of laws which enforced the Schedule. The second report, entitled "Key Developments Concerning Manpower, 1939-46", includes timelines of civilian mobilization, military mobilization, and wage control and labour relations, as laws in each of these areas progressed during the war. The third report, "Canadian Government Training Program During World War II", is a history of the War Emergency Training Program, which equipped military and civilian personnel with essential work skills during the war. The final report is entitled "Allocation of Manpower in Canada During World War Two" and is a history of the War's effects on the Canadian labour force, both before and after the creation of the NSS in 1942. It makes a case for the importance and the humanity of wartime mobilization programs.

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Fonds received 30 March 1982 from the Dept. of Labour.


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  • English

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The following associated materials can be found at Library and Archives Canada:
Dept. of Labour fonds Economics and Research Branch [Series] – R224-74-0-F (formerly RG27-D)

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No further accruals are expected.

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