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Figure 3: Is the funding of WEPA an appropriate and necessary role for the federal government?

0% of 10 Provincial Representatives responded no, it is neither appropriate nor necessary role;

20% of 5 Economic Development Experts responded no, it is neither appropriate nor necessary role;

4% of 26 WD Representatives responded no, it is neither appropriate nor necessary role;

0% of 10 Provincial Representatives responded yes, it is an appropriate but not necessary role;

0% of 5 Economic Development Experts responded yes, it is an appropriate but not necessary role;

35% of 26 WD Representatives responded yes, it is an appropriate but not necessary role;

100% of 10 Provincial Representatives responded yes, it is an appropriate and necessary role;

80% of 5 Economic Development Experts responded yes, it is an appropriate and necessary role;

62% of 26 WD Representatives responded yes, it is an appropriate and necessary role;

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Figure 4: What is the current status of the projects?

0% indicated the status of their projects as do not know;
0% indicated the status of their projects as other;
0% indicated the status of their projects as cancelled;
2% indicated the status of their projects as has not started;
0% indicated the status of their projects as suspended;
60% indicated the status of their projects as on-going;
38% indicated the status of their projects as completed;

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Figure 5: On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is not at all successful and 5 is very successful, how successful do you think WEPA/the WEPA project is to date in achieving its objectives?

47 Project Proponents provided a rating of 4.6;
25 WD Representatives provided a rating of 4.1;
12 Provincial Representatives provided a rating of 3.9;
2 representatives of Other Programs in Western Canada provided a rating of 3.5;
12 Other Stakeholders provided a rating of 3.4;

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Figure 6: How much of an impact do you believe that WEPA has had in terms of promoting and strengthening the partnership?

24 WD Representatives provided a rating of 4.2;
9 Provincial Representatives provided a rating of 4.4;

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Figure 7: How much of an impact do you believe WEPA has had in terms of:

On a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is no impact at all and 5 is major impact, respondents indicated their perception of WEPA impacts on expected outcomes.

For facilitating community economic planning, development and adjustment:

24 WD Representatives provided a rating of 2.7;
9 Provincial Representatives provided a rating of 2.6;

For promoting attraction of foreign direct investment:
24 WD Representatives provided a rating of 3.0;
9 Provincial Representatives provided a rating of 3.4;

For increasing value-added production in traditional industries:
24 WD Representatives provided a rating of 3.3;
9 Provincial Representatives provided a rating of 3.2;

For addressing priorities negotiated with the province(s):
24 WD Representatives provided a rating of 3.6;
9 Provincial Representatives provided a rating of 3.3;

For promoting trade and market development:
24 WD Representatives provided a rating of 3.9;
9 Provincial Representatives provided a rating of 3.7;

For improving business productivity:
24 WD Representatives provided a rating of 3.9;
9 Provincial Representatives provided a rating of 3.7;

For strengthening innovation:
24 WD Representatives provided a rating of 4.2;
9 Provincial Representatives provided a rating of 4.4;

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Figure 8: Has the project had an impact on your organization in terms of:

53% indicated the impact as encouraging or attracting investments;
53% indicated the impact as developing, commercializing or adopting new technologies;
58% indicated the impact as creating or maintaining employment;
63% indicated the impact as increasing revenues;
84% indicated the impact as developing new markets;
89% indicated the impact as skill development;
89% indicated the impact as facilitating partnerships; strategic alliances, and collaborations;

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Figure 9: For each of the following statements, we would like to know whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree or disagree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree?

24 WD Representatives and 10 Provincial representatives provided ratings on the following statements:

The program is flexible in responding to the funding opportunities presented:
WD representatives provided a rating of 4.3;
Provincial representatives provided a rating of 3.6;

WEPA intended outcomes and performance measures are clear quantifiable and consistent with departmental reporting requirements:
WD representatives provided a rating of 4.2;
Provincial representatives provided a rating of 4.3;

WEPA is well-structured given what is has been attempting to accomplish:
WD representatives provided a rating of 4.3;
Provincial representatives provided a rating of 4.1;

WEPA had a clearly defined and appropriate governance structure (including processes, responsibilities and accountabilities):
WD representatives provided a rating of 4.5;
Provincial representatives provided a rating of 4.9;

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Figure 10: How likely is it that the project would have gone ahead even without the assistance under WEPA?

72% of project proponents indicated a 0% likelihood of their projects going ahead without WEPA;

10% of project proponents indicated a 25% likelihood of their projects going ahead without WEPA;

10% of project proponents indicated a 50% likelihood of their projects going ahead without WEPA;

2% of project proponents indicated a 75% likelihood of their projects going ahead without WEPA;

2% of project proponents indicated a 100% likelihood of their projects going ahead without WEPA;

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Figure 11: Time required for project approvals

The chart has days required for approval on the y-axis and percentage of projects on the x-axis. The chart indicates that 50% of projects were approved in 160 days or less under WEPA II as compared to over 200 days under WEPA III.

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