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

The Privacy Act (Revised Statutes of Canada, Chapter P 21, 1985) came into force on July 1, 1983.

The purpose of the Act is to extend the present laws of Canada that protect the privacy of individuals and provide individuals with a right of access to personal information about themselves. It also protects the privacy of individuals by denying third parties access to personal information relating to them and enabling them to exercise strict control over the collection, disclosure and use of such information.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is committed to both the spirit and the intent of the Privacy Act, which are based on the principles of open government, and to ensuring the privacy of individuals with respect to their personal information held by the department.

This report summarizes WD’s implementation of the Privacy Act and fulfils the requirement 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 within the institution during each financial year" and ensures 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.