Western Economic Diversification Canada
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Preface

A department of the Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) was established in 1987 under the provision of the Western Economic Diversification Act. The department’s mandate is "to promote the development and diversification of the economy of Western Canada and to advance the interests of Western Canada in national economic policy, program and project development and implementation."

Located in the West, WD has offices in each of the four western provinces, with its headquarters in Edmonton. The department's presence in each western province has enabled it to work with key partners – other orders of government, community and business leaders, research and academic institutions, as well as non-profit organizations – to leverage its investments and actions to benefit the western economy.

WD’s in-depth understanding of western Canadian issues and perspectives, as well as its connections to and knowledge of Ottawa and the rest of the federal government, allow it to act as a bridge between the perspectives of the West and Canada's national policy and decision makers. WD brings Government of Canada programs and expertise to Western Canada, brings western Canadian interests to Ottawa, and works within the federal system to ensure that those perspectives are brought to bear in federal decision making.

WD works to improve the long-term economic competitiveness of the West and the quality of life of its citizens by supporting a wide range of initiatives targeting inter-related project activities – innovation, business development and community economic development. These programs and services are supported by WD's policy, advocacy and coordination activities. Together, these priorities create a foundation to build the prosperity and competitiveness of the West in the 21st century.

WD’s strategic investments in these areas will help to fulfill its vision:

"To be leaders in creating a more diversified western Canadian economy that has strong, competitive and innovative businesses and communities."

Introduction

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is committed to both the spirit and the intent of the Access to Information Act (R.S. 1985, c. A–1), which came into force on July 1, 1983, to ensure openness and transparency within the department.

The purpose of the Act is to extend the present laws of Canada to provide a right of access to information in records under the control of a government institution in accordance with the principles that government information should be available to the public, that necessary exceptions to the right of access should be limited and specific, and that decisions on the disclosure of government information should be reviewed independently of government.

The Act provides all Canadian citizens or permanent residents with a right of access to any record under the control of a government institution, with some specific and limited exceptions.

This report summarizes WD’s implementation of the Access to Information Act and fulfills the requirements under Section 72, which stipulates that "The head of every government institution shall prepare for submission to Parliament an annual report on the administration of this Act with the institution during each financial year" and ensure it is tabled in Parliament.

WD will publish its Annual Report to Parliament on its public web site (www.wd-deo.gc.ca) once it has been tabled in the House of Commons and Senate.