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

The Harper Government is focused on what matters to Canadians: jobs and economic growth, in every region of the country. At Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), we have helped to achieve these objectives by investing in new economic opportunities by working with industry and communities.

As you’ll read in the following pages of Access West, WD is investing in the West and Canada’s future. By partnering with industry and educators, we have made investments that will ensure Canadians have the skills and training required to meet market needs. For example, by investing in equipment that will create a mobile classroom, as we did at British Columbia’s Northwest Community College, students in rural communities can gain the necessary experience to participate in a booming resource sector. Or, as with our investment that will enable Red River College to purchase specialized food science equipment to expand technological capabilities at its new Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. Through these projects and many others, the Harper Government is continuing to ensure that Western Canada’s need for skilled workers is met, while helping to create high-paying jobs and growing the economy.

I’m also proud to say that WD is continuing to deliver on its commitment to building stronger communities through its work on our Government’s new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). As part of Economic Action Plan 2012, our Government is investing $150 million over two years to support repairs and improvements to existing community facilities across Canada. At WD, we will be delivering $46 million to strengthen our communities in Western Canada.

By working with industry partners and communities, we are creating a foundation for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity across Western Canada. Together, we are working to build a stronger West for a stronger Canada.