Western Economic Diversification Canada
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Name of transfer payment program

Western Economic Diversification Program (WDP) (Voted)

Start date

December 3, 1987

End date

Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2010–11

Strategic Outcome

A growing and diversified western Canadian economy

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.1: Business Development and Innovation
Sub-Program 1.1.1: Trade, Investment and Market Access
Sub-Program 1.1.2: Business Productivity and Growth
Sub-Program 1.1.3: Innovation Capacity Building
Sub-Program 1.1.4: Technology Commercialization

Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth
Sub-Program 1.2.2: Community Development
Sub-Program 1.2.4: Targeted Economic Initiatives

Program 1.3: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination
Sub-Program 1.3.1: Advocacy and Coordination
Sub-Program 1.3.2: Economic Analysis

Description

The WDP will contribute to the achievement of the department's mandate to promote economic development and diversification in Western Canada and advance the West's interests in national policy, program and project development and implementation.

Expected results

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has developed a Performance Measurement Strategy that includes performance indicators, expected results, methods for reporting on performance, evaluation criteria and evaluation plans to be used for determining the effectiveness of program activities.

The following lists the expected results for the WDP as captured under the department's Program Alignment Architecture as well as illustrative examples of performance indicators. The complete and most recent set of performance indicators are found in WDP's Performance Measurement Strategy.

  1. Program: Business Development and Innovation:
    • Western Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are engaged in international business, competitive and innovative.
      • # of highly qualified personnel trained
      • # of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business or capital services
      • Value of new international business leads generated through missions or events
      • Value of sales tied to the knowledge-based product, process, service or technology commercialized
         
  2. Program: Community Economic Growth:
    • Western Canadian communities have strong businesses and the capacity for socio-economic development.
      • # of communities benefitting from Community Economic growth projects
      • SME sales growth
  3. Program: Policy, Advocacy and Co-ordination:
    • Policies and programs that strengthen the western Canadian economy.
      • # of evidence-based economic analyses conducted or funded by WD

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2008–09

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

WD's current 5-year Evaluation Plan includes WDP projects as part of evaluations of the Programs within WD's Program Alignment Architecture. The evaluation of the Policy, Advocacy and Coordination Program is planned for 2015–16. Under the Business Productivity and Innovation Program, the evaluation of Innovation Capacity Building and Technology Commercialization is planned for 2016–17.

General targeted recipient groups

Contributions and grants may be made to:

  • Non-profit organizations;
  • Post-secondary institutions;
  • Small and medium sized commercial, legally incorporated, for-profit enterprises;
  • Hospitals and regional healthcare centers;
  • Individuals;
  • Co-operatives;
  • Indian Bands, as represented by their Chief and Council;
  • Federal Crown Corporations (Treasury Board Secretariat will be consulted prior to any funding decisions for Federal Crown Corporations);
  • Provincial Government departments, agencies and Crown Corporations; and
  • Municipal Governments and organizations created by them.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

The WDP and Western Innovation Initiative stream are both delivered through a call for proposals process. Potential applicants and stakeholders are engaged through active outreach, media strategies and information provided on WD's public website.

 

 

  Forecast Spending
2014–15 ($)
Planned Spending ($)
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Total grants 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000
Total contributions 86,943,088 81,379,009 79,179,009 78,499,009
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total transfer payments 91,943,088 86,379,009 84,179,009 83,499,009

 

Name of transfer payment program

Community Futures (CF) Program (Voted)

Start date

May 18, 1995 (The Program started in 1986 and was previously delivered by Human Resources Development Canada).

End date

Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2010–11

Strategic Outcome

A growing and diversified western Canadian economy

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth
Sub-program 1.2.3: Community Futures Program

Description

The CF Program was designed to help communities develop and implement local solutions to local problems. The program provides financial support to CF organizations, which are incorporated, non-profit organizations that, in collaboration with other partners and stakeholders, develop strategies to provide support to SMEs and to undertake appropriate community economic development initiatives.

Expected results

WD has developed a Performance Measurement Strategy that includes performance indicators, expected results, methods for reporting on performance, evaluation criteria and evaluation plans to be used for determining the effectiveness of program activities. The following lists the expected results for the CF Program as well as illustrative examples of performance indicators. The complete and most recent set of performance indicators are found in the CF Program's Performance Measurement Strategy.

  • CF Program
    • Strong rural community strategic planning and implementation
      • # of regionally-based community strategic plan(s) developed and/or updated
    • Rural access to business development services
      • # of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business services
    • Rural access to capital and leveraged capital
      • Value of loans

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2014–15

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2018–19

General targeted recipient groups

CF Organizations

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Eligible applicants for the CF Program are the CF Organizations. WD has a long standing strategy of engaging with these organizations to build awareness of WD's programs among prospective proponents.

  Forecast Spending
2014–15 ($)
Planned Spending ($)
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 26,388,938 28,453,991 28,453,991 28,453,991
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total transfer payments 26,388,938 28,453,991 28,453,991 28,453,991