Western Economic Diversification Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Common menu bar links

Section II: Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Strategic Outcome: A growing and diversified western Canadian economy

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) works to grow the western Canadian economy by helping to build businesses that are innovative and competitive globally, while diversifying the base of the western Canadian economy beyond primary resource industries.

WD's strategic outcome is advanced through the following programs:

  • Business Development and Innovation;
  • Community Economic Growth; and
  • Policy, Advocacy and Coordination.

Program 1.1: Business Development and Innovation

Program Description

Business Development and Innovation supports western Canadian businesses and industry organizations to enhance global trade and investment, business growth and competitiveness, and innovation and technology commercialization. Transfer payments in support of this program are made under the authority of the Women's Enterprise Initiative and the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) (pgm1.1)
2014–15
Main Estimates
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
100,598,774 100,598,774 100,528,650 99,450,441

Human Resources (FTEs) (pgm1.1)
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
113 113 110

Performance Measurement (pgm1.1)
Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Western Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are engaged in international business Value of international business activity facilitated by WD $41M Mar 31, 2015
Western Canadian SMEs are competitive # of SMEs that increase gross margins 8 Mar 31, 2015
Western Canadian SMEs are innovative # of instances  of protection of intellectual property exercised 10 Mar 31, 2015
Addressing Climate Change and Air QualityMaintaining Water Quality and AvailabilityPlanning Highlights

WD plans to undertake the following Business Development and Innovation activities in 2014–15:

  • Strengthen SME engagement in international markets, global supply chains and federal defence procurement;
  • Support initiatives to improve business productivity and growth, including the delivery of community-based business support, and enhance access to skilled labour in Western Canada;
  • Support market-driven innovation activities, including investments in knowledge infrastructure; and
  • Deliver the new Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to assist western Canadian SMEs in commercializing new technology products, processes and services.

Sub-program 1.1.1: Trade, Investment and Market Access

Sub-program Description (pgm1.1.1)

Trade, Investment and Market Access focuses on increasing Western Canada's participation in global markets, increasing awareness of Western Canada's technology capabilities abroad and attracting new foreign investment to support access to and participation in global value chains. It strives to strengthen trade-related infrastructure to enhance trade flows in and out of Western Canada and promotes Western Canada as an attractive destination for international tourists, students, researchers and investors. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - pgm1.1.1
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
19,627,047 19,613,366 19,245,605

Human Resources (FTEs) - pgm1.1.1
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
34 34 32

Performance Measurement - pgm1.1.1
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Capacity of western clients to pursue international business opportunities / attract international visitors # of western SMEs and other organizations pursuing a new trade, investment or international research and development opportunities, as a result of global advisory services 200 Mar 31, 2015
Capacity to support the flow of goods and services in/out of Western Canada Value of improvements to trade infrastructure $1M Mar 31, 2015
International awareness of trade, investment and tourism opportunities, and SME technology capabilities in Western Canada Value of new international business leads generated through missions/events $57M Mar 31, 2015
Planning Highlights - pgm1.1.1

WD plans to undertake the following trade, investment and market access activities in 2014–15:

  • Strengthen the ability of western Canadian SMEs to access opportunities in international markets, both in North American and emerging markets;
  • Improve trade corridors of importance to Western Canada to support the flow of goods, services and people;
  • Strategically support western Canadian participation at international trade shows to raise awareness of the West's capabilities; and
  • Build awareness of Western Canada as a competitive investment destination to increase foreign direct investment into the region.

Sub-program 1.1.2: Business Productivity and Growth

Sub-program Description - pgm1.1.2

Business Productivity and Growth supports western Canadian businesses, business service providers and industry to undertake initiatives to enhance business productivity, competitiveness and growth of western Canadian SMEs. In addition, this sub-program supports delivery of business services and access to capital for targeted client groups such as women, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal people through partner organizations. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Women's Enterprise Initiative and the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - pgm1.1.2
Planned Spending 2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17
24,002,214 23,985,483 23,535,745

Human Resources (FTEs) - pgm1.1.2
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
28 28 27

Performance Measurement - pgm1.1.2
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Access to business development services, capital and leveraged capital # of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business or capital services 2,800 Mar 31, 2015
Adoption of sound management and business practices and technology # of SMEs investing in adoption of sound management or business practices, or technology 270 Mar 31, 2015
Access to skilled labour # of skilled workers hired as a result of training or skills certification 240 Mar 31, 2015
Planning Highlights - pgm1.1.2

WD plans to undertake the following business productivity and growth activities in 2014–15:

  • Support and strengthen the role of members of the Canada Business Network, Women's Enterprise Initiatives organizations, Francophone Economic Development Organizations and the Aboriginal Business Service Network in their efforts to enhance business productivity, competitiveness and growth of western Canadian SMEs;
  • Support targeted investments that improve business productivity and growth and help address shortages of skilled workers in Western Canada, including projects that increase the availability of training equipment, implement on-site training programs and facilitate the sharing of skills training best practices; and
  • Facilitate opportunities for partnerships between industry and post-secondary and other organizations to increase training capacity related to specific skilled trades.

Sub-program 1.1.3: Innovation Capacity Building

Sub-program Description - pgm1.1.3

Innovation Capacity Building strengthens the innovation system in the West by supporting efforts of research and not-for-profit institutions to commercialize knowledge-based products, processes and services. It also supports relevant skills training for highly qualified personnel. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - pgm1.1.3
2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
11,440,941 11,432,966 11,218,593

Human Resources (FTEs) - pgm1.1.3
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
9 9 9

Performance Measurement - pgm1.1.3
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Initial Technology Development - basic technological components are integrated for testing and validation in a simulated (laboratory) environment Value of applied research and development undertaken up to three years after the funding period $10M Mar 31, 2015
Intermediate Technology Development - prototypes are ready for demonstration in an operational setting # of prototypes ready for demonstration in operational environment 70 Mar 31, 2015
Highly Qualified People (HQP) - create a pool of highly qualified personnel to support the commercialization of knowledge-based products, processes and services # of HQP trained 500 Mar 31, 2015
Addressing Climate Change and Air QualityMaintaining Water Quality and AvailabilityPlanning Highlights - pgm1.1.3

WD plans to undertake the following innovation capacity building activities in 2014–15:

  • Invest in projects that improve knowledge infrastructure and maker spaces, support applied research and development or develop highly qualified personnel; and
  • Convene key western stakeholders from industry, post-secondary institutions, major research facilities and government to discuss innovation policy, strengthen the innovation marketplace and support commercial opportunities.

Sub-program 1.1.4: Technology Commercialization

Sub-program Description - pgm1.1.4

Technology Commercialization supports SMEs, directly or indirectly through not-for-profit entities, in the development and production of prototypes, demonstration of products and third party certification, as well as testing and quality assurance of specific products. In addition, it supports outreach and promotional activities to attract investment, validate market potential and end user acceptance, and facilitate market-ready knowledge-based products, processes and services. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - pgm1.1.4
2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
45,528,572 45,496,835 45,450,498

Human Resources (FTEs) - pgm1.1.4
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
42 42 42

Performance Measurement - pgm1.1.4
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Advanced Technology Development - the technology in its final form is proven through successful deployment in an operational setting under real-life conditions # of products, processes or services, proven through successful deployment in an operational setting 6 Mar 31, 2015
Enhanced financial capacity of SMEs to pursue technology development and commercialization Value of incremental private sector investment attracted $0* Mar 31, 2015
Sales of knowledge-based products, processes, and/or services by SMEs Value of sales tied to the knowledge-based product/ process/ service/ technology commercialized $0* Mar 31, 2015

* Although WD will begin investing in Technology Commercialization activities through the WINN Initiative in 2014–15, these types of activities have historically required more than one year to demonstrate results. Therefore, this target is set to zero for 2014–15.

Addressing Climate Change and Air QualityMaintaining Water Quality and AvailabilityPlanning Highlights - pgm1.1.4

WD plans to undertake the following technology commercialization activities in 2014–15:

  • Provide repayable contributions under the WINN Initiative to for-profit SMEs in Western Canada in to bring new technology-based products, processes and services to market; and
  • Invest in projects that support advanced technology development, demonstration of products, outreach and promotional activities or validation of market potential.

Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth

Program Description - pgm1.2

Community Economic Growth involves economic development initiatives that support communities to advance their economies, adjust to changing and challenging economic circumstances and recover from depressed economic circumstances. This is achieved through both funding of projects to support infrastructure programming and community development, as well as funding support of the Community Futures (CF) organizations. Transfer payments in support of this program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program and the Community Futures Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - tblpgm1.2a
2014–15 Main Estimates 2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
34,432,043 34,432,043 34,408,041 32,956,127

Human Resources (FTEs) - tblpgm1.2b
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
34 34 24

Performance Measurement - tblpgm1.2c
Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Western Canadian communities have strong businesses SME sales growth 13.0% Mar 31, 2015
Western Canadian communities have capacity for socio-economic development # of communities benefitting from Community Economic Growth projects 1,400 Mar 31, 2015
Western Canadian communities have the necessary public infrastructure to support economic growth # of communities benefitting from federal public infrastructure investments n/a* n/a

* With the cessation of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) in March 2014, WD is not anticipating results related to this indicator for 2014–15. The results of WD's work to support community infrastructure through programs delivered on behalf of Infrastructure Canada are reported through Infrastructure Canada.

Planning Highlights - pgm1.2

WD plans to undertake the following community economic growth activities in 2014–15:

  • Continue to collaborate with Infrastructure Canada in the delivery of current infrastructure programs across the West;
  • Continue to work with other federal organizations to deliver the Economic Development Initiative 22 as part of the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013–2018; and
  • Complete CF Modernization activities to maximize the economic impact of CF organizations and ensure alignment with Government of Canada and WD priorities.

Sub-program 1.2.1: Infrastructure Programming

Sub-program Description - pgm1.2.1

Infrastructure Programming provides community funding in Western Canada to build and renew infrastructure in rural and urban municipalities across Canada, allowing them to compete in the regional, national and global economy. WD delivers infrastructure programming directly or in partnership with other federal departments and the four western provincial governments. Transfer payments in support of direct delivery of this sub-program are made through designated program authorities, excluding the Western Diversification Program. Transfer payments in support of the delivery of this sub-program are made through Other Government Department Suspense accounts when WD delivers programs on behalf of other federal departments.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - tblpgm1.2.1a
2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
1,047,054 1,046,324 219,957

Human Resources (FTEs) - tblpgm1.2.1b
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
11 11 2

Performance Measurement - tblpgm1.2.1c
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
New or improved environmental infrastructure # of new or improved environmental systems n/a* n/a
New or improved transportation or telecommunications infrastructure # of new or improved transportation or telecommunications networks n/a* n/a
New or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism or other related infrastructure # of new or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism or other related facilities n/a* n/a

* With the cessation of the CIIF in March 2014, WD is not anticipating results related to this indicator for 2014–15. The results of WD's work to support community infrastructure through programs delivered on behalf of Infrastructure Canada are reported through Infrastructure Canada.

Planning Highlights - pgm1.2.1

WD plans to undertake the following infrastructure programming activities in 2014–15:

  • Continued administration of the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component; and
  • Continued collaboration with Infrastructure Canada in the delivery of current infrastructure programs across the West.

Sub-program 1.2.2: Community Development

Sub-program Description - pgm1.2.2

Community Development assists communities, including the Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs), to assess community needs and develop community strategic plans in response to those needs. It also provides funding for the implementation of projects that stimulate economic development and capitalize on communities' capacity, strengths and opportunities. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - tblpgm1.2.2a
2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
3,189,378 3,187,155 3,127,394

Human Resources (FTEs) - tblpgm1.2.2b
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
9 9 9

Performance Measurement - tblpgm1.2.2c
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Strong community strategic planning # of regionally-based community strategic plan(s) developed and/or updated 100 Mar 31, 2015
Effective implementation of community plans Value of community-based projects $12M Mar 31, 2015
Planning Highlights - pgm1.2.2

WD plans to undertake the following community development activities in 2014–15:

  • Work with Aboriginal groups and partners to create local economic opportunities, enhance community capacity and support labour market skills development;
  • Support Francophone Economic Development Organizations in the provision of community economic development services to OLMCs; and
  • Continue to work with other federal organizations to deliver the Economic Development Initiative23 as part of the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013–2018.

Sub-program 1.2.3: Community Futures Program

Sub-program Description - pgm1.2.3

The CF Program builds the capacity of rural communities to increase their economic activitiesby aiding the development and implementation of local solutions to local problems. This sub-program provides financial support to CF organizations to deliver a range of small businesses services, provide repayable financing to new and existing enterprises, and support development of strategic plans and community economic development projects to address community needs. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the CF Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - tblpgm1.2.3a
2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
30,011,440 29,990,519 29,428,184

Human Resources (FTEs) - tblpgm1.2.3b
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
13 13 12

Performance Measurement - tblpgm1.2.3c
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Strong rural community strategic planning and implementation Value of community-based projects $13M Mar 31, 2015
Rural access to business development services # of businesses created / maintained / expanded through business services 940 Mar 31, 2015
Rural access to capital and leveraged capital Value of loans $62M Mar 31, 2015
Planning Highlights - pgm1.2.3

WD plans to undertake the following community futures program activities in 2014–15:

  • Fund CF organizations to deliver a variety of services ranging from technical and advisory services to businesses, loans to small and medium-sized businesses, strategic economic planning, and services targeted to youth and entrepreneurs with disabilities; and
  • Complete CF Modernization activities to maximize the economic impact of CF organizations and ensure alignment with Government of Canada and WD priorities.

Sub-program 1.2.4: Targeted Economic Initiatives

Sub-program Description - pgm1.2.4

Targeted Economic Initiatives support economic activity in western Canadian communities on a temporary basis through targeted economic stimulus or adjustment. WD provides assistance through dedicated, temporary supplementary funding from the Government of Canada or through the department's own special allocations. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made through designated funding authorities and may be made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program as a temporary and targeted measure only.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - tblpgm1.2.4a
2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
184,171 184,043 180,592

Human Resources (FTEs) - tblpgm1.2.4b
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
1 1 1

Performance Measurement - tblpgm1.2.4c
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Businesses opportunities created # businesses created / maintained / expanded n/a* n/a
Community opportunities created Value of community-based projects, as well as leverage n/a* n/a
Job opportunities created # jobs created, maintained or expanded n/a* n/a

* No results for targeted economic initiatives are expected for 2014–15.

Planning Highlights - pgm1.2.4

In 2014-15, WD will continue to monitor and follow-up on repayable contributions made under the Community Adjustment Fund.

Program 1.3: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination

Program Description - pgm1.3

Policy, Advocacy and Coordination supports the advancement of the interests of Western Canada through effective strategies, policies and programs that address western economic development needs and by establishing cooperative relationships with key stakeholders. Transfer payments in support of this program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - tblpgm1.3a
2014–15 Main Estimates 2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
10,741,002 10,741,002 10,733,515 10,532,257

Human Resources (FTEs) - tblpgm1.3b
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
64 64 63

Performance Measurement - tblpgm1.3c
Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Policies that strengthen the western Canadian economy Percentage of key informants with the opinion that WD activities resulted in policies that support the economic development of Western Canada 90% Mar 31, 2016
Programs that strengthen the western Canadian economy Percentage of key informants with the opinion that WD activities resulted in programs that support the economic development of Western Canada 90% Mar 31, 2016
Planning Highlights - pgm1.3

WD plans to undertake the following Policy, Advocacy and Coordination activities in 2014–15:

  • Promote western interests to key decision-makers in the development of national policies and strategies;
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders in western provinces and with other federal organizations by proactively engaging potential partners, sharing information and collaborating on initiatives of interest to Western Canada; and
  • Support policy analysis to enhance understanding of western Canadian economic issues, challenges and opportunities related to the department's priorities in order to identify areas for departmental action.

Sub-program 1.3.1: Advocacy and Coordination

Sub-program Description - pgm1.3.1

Advocacy and Coordination advances Western Canada's interests in national policies, priorities, and programs through inclusion of regional issues and opportunities as identified by key stakeholders. Efforts in this sub-program lead to balanced, regionally sensitive approaches to Government of Canada priorities, coordinated economic development in the West and increased procurement opportunities in Western Canada. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - tblpgm1.3.1a
2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
7,362,952 7,357,820 7,219,858

Human Resources (FTEs) - tblpgm1.3.1b
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
50 50 49

Performance Measurement - tblpgm1.3.1c
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Access to economic opportunities for Western Canada # of initiatives WD engaged in toward enhancing access to economic development opportunities for Western Canada 26 Mar 31, 2015
Coordinated economic development activities, policies and programs in Western Canada # of economic development initiatives undertaken, programs implemented, and policies developed which were coordinated by WD 14 Mar 31, 2015
Access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs # of initiatives engaged in by WD toward enhanced access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs 25 Mar 31, 2015
Planning Highlights - pgm1.3.1

WD plans to undertake the following advocacy and coordination activities in 2014–15:

  • Represent western interests to key decision-makers in the development of national policies and strategies. For example, WD will represent western perspectives in the development and implementation of the federal Defence Procurement Strategy and the Global Markets Action Plan;
  • Build and sustain a strong network of stakeholders throughout the West to enhance the department's knowledge of issues and opportunities in the region; and
  • Convene and engage key stakeholders across the West to identify opportunities for collaboration in support of economic development activities, including the identification of partnership projects with provinces and other stakeholders in targeted areas. For example, WD will engage and work with Aboriginal Canadians and key partners to identify opportunities to increase the economic participation of Aboriginal western Canadians, with a particular focus on business development, skills and training.

Sub-program 1.3.2: Economic Analysis

Sub-program Description - pgm1.3.2

Economic Analysis increases understanding of western Canadian challenges, opportunities, and priorities through externally generated or in-house research. Economic analysis also supports internal as well as Government of Canada policy and program development. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - tblpgm1.3.2a
2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
3,378,050 3,375,695 3,312,399

Human Resources (FTEs) - tblpgm1.3.2b
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
14 14 14

Performance Measurement - tblpgm1.3.2c
Sub-Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Decisions impacting the western Canadian economy are informed by evidence-based economic analysis # of evidence-based economic analyses conducted/ funded by WD 31 Mar 31, 2015
Planning Highlights - pgm1.3.2

WD plans to undertake the following economic analysis activities in 2014–15:

  • Support economic and policy analysis to enhance understanding of western Canadian economic issues, challenges, opportunities and priorities;
  • Conduct research to provide a better understanding of capacity in the West, as well as the challenges and needs of Western Canada and SMEs; and
  • Strengthen departmental knowledge of the needs and capabilities of western Canadian businesses related to the department's strategic priorities through increased availability of research and analysis.

Internal Services

Description - sec2.2

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of the organization. These groups are Management and Oversight Services, Communications Services, Legal Services, Human Resources Management Services, Financial Management Services, Information Management Services, Information Technology Services, Real Property Services, Materiel Services, Acquisition Services and Other Administrative Services.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) - tblpgm2a
2014–15 Main Estimates 2014–15 Planned Spending 2015–16 Planned Spending 2016–17 Planned Spending
13,136,133 13,136,133 13,126,976 12,880,840

Human Resources (FTEs) - tblpgm2b
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
99 99 99
Shrinking the Environmental Footprint of the GovernmentPlanning Highlights - sec2.2

WD plans to undertake the following internal services activities in 2014–15:

  • Continue to identify operational efficiencies through the use of technology or improved business processes to modernize the way in which WD delivers programs and services to Canadians;
  • Transition to a new electronic record-keeping model to improve knowledge management;
  • Contribute to the Government of Canada's BluePrint 2020 initiative to build a world-class public service; and
  • Provide training to ensure knowledge retention, address any skills gaps and maintain strong client service.

WD is a participant in the 2013–16 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and contributes to the Theme IV (Greening Government Operations) targets through the Internal Services program. The department plans to

  • Take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement, and
  • Develop an approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Additional details on WD's activities can be found in the Greening Government Operations Supplementary Information Table.24