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Program 1.3: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination

Program Description

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)
2013-14
Main Estimates
2013-14
Planned Spending
2013-14
Total Authorities Available for Use
2013-14
Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2013-14
Difference
(actual minus planned)
7,113,497 8,613,497 9,045,067 9,306,314 692,817

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
2013–14
Planned
2013–14
Actual
2013–14
Difference
(actual minus planned)
52 68 16

Note: Actual spending and FTE utilization in this area increased compared to planned numbers as a result of the realignment of costs related to this program. WD conducted a review in 2013–14 based on Treasury Board Secretariat guidelines for the recording and reporting on Internal Services expenditures, which impacted both spending and FTE utilization under Policy, Advocacy and Coordination.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
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% 82.7%[26]
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% 87.0%[27]

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

WD continually refines and focuses its Policy, Advocacy and Coordination (PAC) program to meet the changing priorities of western Canadians. Through research and analysis, as well as engagement with key stakeholders, WD works to ensure that its priorities continue to be well aligned with specific needs of the business community in Western Canada. Based on results from the March 2014 PAC survey sent to key stakeholders, WD learned that there is need to enhance its communication and better inform stakeholders of departmental activities and its success stories.

In the fall of 2013, WD undertook broad engagement with key stakeholders across Western Canada in order to gain feedback on western Canadian economic issues, challenges, opportunities and priorities. Based on feedback received from stakeholders, WD developed new priorities going forward: innovation; skills development and training; Aboriginal economic growth; maximizing the ability of western Canadian businesses to capitalize on federal defence procurement; trade and investment; and modernization of the WCBSN. In addition to addressing Western Canada's particular challenges and helping to seize the region's unique opportunities, these priorities are well aligned with the Government of Canada's economic agenda and priorities with respect to innovation, entrepreneurship, trade, responsible resource development and federal defence procurement.

WD's priorities allow the department to quickly identify and act upon emerging issues relevant to Western Canada. For example, WD and other Regional Development Agencies (RDA) provided regional perspectives to inform the development of the Government's Defence Procurement Strategy in order to maximize the opportunities for western Canadian SMEs to benefit from federal defence procurement.