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Minister's Message

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health
As Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), I am pleased to present the department's 2012–13 Departmental Performance Report.

Since its creation in 1987, WD has worked diligently to support a diverse and modern western Canadian economy, playing a vital role in strengthening the West. And this year has been no exception.

Over the last year, I am proud to say that WD achieved its goals in strengthening communities across the West while helping western businesses to be competitive and innovative. Through our support for improvements to community infrastructure, our strategic investments which promote business productivity and innovation, and our important role in facilitating business connections and showcasing western Canadian capabilities, we are building upon the strong foundation that Western Canada provides, and ensuring that this exceptional region continues to prosper.

Specifically, I know that Western Canadian businesses are strong, and well positioned to take advantage of sub-contracts under the built-in-Canada National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. We made the decision to build the Royal Canadian Navy's new ships right here in Canada. It will create 15,000 jobs across the country, and infuse $2 billion in annual economic benefit over the next 30 years. Under the Western Canadian Shipbuilding Action Plan, Western business are already benefitting.  

WD continues to work strategically through partnerships—with all levels of government, industry associations, and not-for-profit organizations—to get results in creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for the West.