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Sub-program 1.1.2: Business Productivity and Growth

Sub-program Description

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 (WEI) and the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2013-14
Planned Spending  
2013-14
Actual Spending  
2013-14
Difference
(actual minus planned)
30,033,951 29,198,054 (835,897)

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
2013–14
Planned
2013–14
Actual
2013–14
Difference
(actual minus planned)
30 29 (1)

 

Performance Results
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Access to business development services, capital and leveraged capital Number of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business or capital services 2,453 2,257
Adoption of sound management and business practices, and technology Number of SMEs investing in adoption of sound management or business practices, or technology 37* 0
Access to skilled labour Number of skilled workers hired as a result of training, skills certification or foreign worker recruitment 50* 40

* Targets were set for these new performance indicators, which were introduced by WD for the first time in 2013–14.  However, actual results were lower than planned given that WD projects tend to be multi-year in nature and sometimes results are reported later than planned.

 

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

WD introduced new performance indicators in 2013-14 for the Business Productivity and Growth sub-program. This included two new indicators that tracked the number of SMEs investing in adoption of sound management or business practices, or technology and the number of skilled workers hired as a result of training or skills certification. This was the first year that WD set an annual target for these new indicators.

WD engaged with western stakeholders in 2013-14 to better define the department's approach to making investments in business productivity and growth. In May 2014, the department launched the Call for Proposal process and one of the key features was a new focus on supporting skills training in select sectors in Western Canada. Further, to ensure the Western Canada Business Service Network (WCBSN) members are maximizing their potential and delivering programming in alignment with Government of Canada and WD priorities, WD initiated the Revitalization of WCBSN. With regards to Community Futures (CF), WD sought improvement in three areas in 2013-14: CF Associations' role and structure, governance and accountability, and performance and alignment.  Complementary work on implementing this revitalization initiative to other WCBSN members, including Francophone Economic Development Organizations (FEDOs)[19] and WEIs,[20] will continue into 2014-15.