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Photo of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification
The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

When faced with an unprecedented global economic crisis, our Government responded by focusing on job creation and returning to economic growth. At Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), we are continuing to do our part by helping to build a strong, dynamic, and prosperous western Canadian economy.

At WD, we are dedicated to ensuring western Canadian businesses have the tools they need to succeed, at home and around the world. As you’ll read in the coming pages of Access West, WD has accomplished this by making timely investments in a number of dynamic industries.

I am especially proud of the work our Government has done through WD with our Western Canada Shipbuilding Action Plan. The Action Plan was launched to ensure western Canadian businesses benefit from our Government’s $33 billion shipbuilding initiative, and is playing a key role in showcasing and supporting Western Canada’s shipbuilding industry. In the West, this role is more important than ever. Economic activity in British Columbia’s shipbuilding industry is expected to bring up to 4,000 new jobs to the West Coast. With initiatives such as our Shipbuilding Summit, we have a plan to create jobs and secure long-term growth in an important industry.

But this is just the beginning. With investments made across Western Canada, we have created jobs and new economic opportunities. From British Columbia to Manitoba, WD has been an important partner in the western Canadian economy.

I am committed to ensuring that western businesses are well-positioned to remain internationally competitive and successful. We do this with investments in training and equipment to guarantee that our workforce and industries are prepared to adapt and grow. As well, WD links small- and medium-sized businesses in the West with prime contractors and decision makers to ensure that they can take advantage of emerging market opportunities.

I am confident that WD’s range of programs and activities create a foundation that builds the prosperity and competitiveness of the West. Together, we are working to build a stronger West for a stronger Canada.