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Minister of State's Message

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, P.C., M.P.As Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, I am pleased to share the 20132014 Report on Plans and Priorities.

Our Government’s current priority is economic growth, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.  To meet that end, in 2013–14 WD will remain focused on the strategic delivery of programs that support commercialization, business development and foster economic growth for our communities.

The world is increasingly driven by a knowledge-based economy.  As such, innovation is a significant economic driver and WD will help create the right conditions for innovative ideas to get to market.  The department’s investments will promote growth and encourage the commercialization of new technology products, processes and services.

WD also recognizes that the key to job creation in the West is a collaborative approach with industry.  To help SMEs succeed in the global economy we will focus our investments to ensure western businesses are more productive and competitive.  In addition, WD will continue its work with industry and SMEs to ensure the West is well positioned to benefit from major federal procurement contracts.

I am proud of WD’s role in carrying out the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan by delivering the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) across the West.  Over the next year we will support projects that are upgrading infrastructure and stimulating the local economies in communities across the West.

Moving forward, WD remains committed to working with current stakeholders and searching out new partners to improve the long-term competitiveness of the West, create jobs and help ensure the continued growth and prosperity of the western economy.

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, P.C., M.P.