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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

I have been fortunate to visit many western Canadian communities where I have witnessed the benefits of our Government’s continued focus on job creation and economic growth. I am happy to say that my department of Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has been an important part of this success as we continue to deliver on projects that strengthen our economic future and leave us well-positioned for continued growth.

Our Government has made infrastructure improvements a key part of our plan to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians. This commitment led to the creation of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). As you’ll read in the coming pages of Access West, WD is supporting towns and cities across Western Canada by helping them renew and improve existing infrastructure. In fact, I am proud to say that there are already hundreds of infrastructure projects well under way across the West. With our investments in them, we are keeping these valuable local assets viable for today and future generations while generating economic growth and jobs.

The good news does not stop there. At WD, we continue to encourage the growth of Canada’s small- and medium-sized businesses through timely investments and new opportunities. This past spring, Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Symposium, hosted by WD, brought together more than 500 representatives from companies across the West, across Canada, and even internationally. The Symposium provided participants with the information needed to get involved in Canada’s growing shipbuilding industry, and gave them the opportunity to make valuable business connections with key stakeholders under our Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Through hosting events like these, WD is delivering on Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan to strengthen this important industry.

Together, we are working to build a stronger West for a stronger Canada.