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Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth

Program Description

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)
Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Total Authorities Available for Use
Actual Spending
(authorities used)
(actual minus planned)
57,604,411 57,604,411 62,315,274 62,155,737 4,551,326

Note:  Actual spending is higher than planned spending in 2013–14 due to increased spending under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) and CFs. 

Human Resources (FTEs)
(actual minus planned)
37 50 13


Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Western Canadian communities have strong businesses SME sales growth[21] 8.0% 13.97%
Western Canadian communities have capacity for socio-economic development Number of communities benefitting from Community Economic Growth projects 1,344 1,111
Western Canadian communities have the necessary public infrastructure to support economic growth Number of communities benefitting from federal public infrastructure investments 600 475

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

WD captures the impact of its Community Economic Growth (CEG) activities by tracking three performance indicators at the program level: SME sales growth as reported by CF organizations' loan clients; number of communities benefitting from CEG projects; and number of communities benefitting from federal public infrastructure investments.

WD met or exceeded its targets for one of the three Community Economic Growth related performance indicators (see Performance Results table above). Overall, the variance is largely due to the fact that WD's projects tend to be multi-year in nature and results are sometimes reported earlier or later than expected.

WD is continuing to engage in activities to achieve greater impact from its investments in western Canadian communities. In 2013-14, WD was increasingly engaged in outreach with Aboriginal communities. Of particular note, WD supported the work of the Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure by contributing to interdepartmental engagement and policy discussions. Building on these contributions, WD will remain actively involved with the lead departments as they work to facilitate Aboriginal participation in West Coast energy infrastructure development. 

Based on the success of its prior involvement, WD renewed participation in the Economic Development Initiative,[22] which is one of 16 initiatives that form the Government of Canada's strategy for official languages under the "Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages (2013-2018): Education, Immigration, Communities.[23]" "With a renewed investment of $3.2 million over five years under the "Communities" component of the Roadmap, WD continues to support economic development in official language minority communities (OLMCs) across Western Canada.  The initiative is intended to facilitate sustainable growth in OLMCs by promoting the development of new expertise through innovation, diversification, partnerships and increased support of SMEs.