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Sub-program 1.3.1: Advocacy and Coordination

Sub-program Description

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)
2013-14
Planned Spending
2013-14
Actual Spending
2013-14
Difference
(actual minus planned)
4,774,304 5,881,801 1,107,497

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
2013–14
Planned
2013–14
Actual
2013–14
Difference
(actual minus planned)
41 54 13

Note: Actual spending and FTE utilization in this area increased compared to planned numbers as a result of the realignment of operating costs and FTEs in 2013–14.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Access to economic opportunities for Western Canada Number of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to economic development opportunities for Western Canada 23 29
Coordinated economic development activities, policies and programs in Western Canada Number of economic development initiatives undertaken, programs implemented and policies developed which were coordinated by WD 21 27
Access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs Number of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs 31 63

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

WD tracks three indicators to capture the impact of the Advocacy and Coordination sub-program: number of initiatives WD engaged in toward enhancing access to economic development opportunities for Western Canada; number of economic development initiatives undertaken, programs implemented and policies developed which were coordinated by WD; and number of initiatives engaged in by WD toward enhanced access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs.

WD exceeded its targets for all three indicators due in part to significantly higher investment in this area (see Performance Results table above). In particular, WD engaged in substantially more initiatives to enhance access to federal defence procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs, reflecting the growing importance of the defence sector in Western Canada.

An example of a successful initiative to support regionally-sensitive development is WD's participation on a Foreign Trade Zone committee where WD worked with the other RDAs and Finance Canada to develop a common approach to replicating single window government task forces on foreign trade zones at other locations. WD used the outcome of that work to support Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada in establishing and launching its new marketing program for organizations seeking to promote local Foreign Trade Zone-type benefits linked to strategic locations across Canada.

Another significant initiative led by WD to support coordinated economic development in Western Canada was a series of innovation-focused roundtables held across Western Canada. These roundtables helped WD to bring western Canadian perspectives to national innovation policy making, enhanced and shaped departmental support for innovation, strengthened collaboration between key stakeholders in the region, and reinforced WD's role as a convener and pathfinder. A key outcome of these roundtables was the development of a Western Innovation Forum[28] held in April 2014, which focused on facilitating innovation-related business opportunities within the aerospace, defence, marine and security sectors in Western Canada.

As part of Western Canada's Shipbuilding Action Plan, WD hosted its second Western Canada Shipbuilding Symposium:[29]Get on Board the Supply Chain, which provided SMEs the opportunity to learn about new and ongoing business opportunities presented by the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. The event attracted 528 participants, representing 365 unique organizations, and facilitated 72 business-to-business meetings between five prime contractors and tier-one suppliers and 35 western Canadian companies.