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Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Section II: Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Strategic Outcome: A growing and diversified western Canadian economy

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) works to grow the western Canadian economy by helping to build businesses that are innovative and competitive globally, while diversifying the base of the western Canadian economy beyond primary resource industries.

In 2015–16, WD's strategic outcome is advanced through three programs: Business Development and Innovation; Community Economic Growth; and Policy, Advocacy and Coordination, with focused efforts in six priority areas.


Our Strategic Outcome
 


A growing and diversified western Canadian economy
 


Our 2015-16 Priorities

 

Innovation

 

Skills Development and Training

Trade and Investment

 

Federal Defence Procurement

 

Aboriginal Economic Growth

Revitalization of the
Western Canada
Business Service Network

 


Our Programs

Business Development and Innovation

Western SMEs are innovative, productive and competitive.

Community Economic Growth

Western Canadian communities have the capacity and infrastructure for strong economic growth.

Policy, Advocacy and Coordination

Policies and programs strengthen the western Canadian economy.


Internal Services


Effective and efficient support enable the delivery of programs and services.
 

 

 

Program 1.1: Business Development and Innovation

 

Description

Business Development and Innovation supports western Canadian businesses, industry, and research organizations to enhance business innovation, productivity, and global engagement. Value-added production is strengthened through the introduction of new products, technologies, or innovations to existing processes, as well as through efforts to pursue global markets and increase investment in Western Canada. Additionally, this program supports some members of the Western Canada Business Service Network and related partners to provide business services and access to capital in Western Canada in support of increased entrepreneurism. Transfer payments in support of this program are made under the authority of the Women's Enterprise Initiative and the Western Diversification Program. Funding support of the Canada Business Network is comprised of operations and maintenance funding.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Main Estimates
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
100,520,050 100,520,050 98,374,079 97,094,230

 

Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])
 
2015–16 FTEs 2016–17 FTEs 2017–18 FTEs
111 111 111

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Western Canadian small and medium-enterprises (SMEs) are engaged in international business Value of international business activity facilitated by WD $325M March 31, 2016
Western Canadian SMEs are competitive # of SMEs that increase gross margins 514 March 31, 2016
Western Canadian SMEs are innovative # of instances of protection of intellectual property exercised 30 March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Business Development and Innovation activities in 2015–16.

  • Strengthen SME engagement in international markets and global supply chains, and attract foreign investment to the West.
  • Support initiatives to improve access to skilled labour in Western Canada and enhance business productivity, including delivering community-based business support to western SMEs.
  • Support market-driven innovation activities, including investments in knowledge infrastructure.
  • Deliver the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to assist western Canadian SMEs in commercializing new technology products, processes and services.
  • Act as convenor of key stakeholders and advocate for western interests in the areas of trade and investment, skills development and innovation.

Sub-program 1.1.1: Trade, Investment and Market Access

Description

Trade, Investment, and Market Access enhances western Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME), research institutes and industry associations' international business engagement and attracts investment to the region, including opportunities linked to government procurement. It focuses on increasing Western Canada's participation in global markets (both to source and supply goods and services); strengthening international partnerships; and attracting new foreign investment as well as Canadian Direct Investment Abroad to support access to and participation in global value chains. It also strives to strengthen trade-related infrastructure to enhance trade flows in and out of Western Canada, and promotes Western Canada as an attractive destination for international visitors (tourists, students, researchers, and investors). In addition, it supports international research and development (R&D) partnerships to enhance awareness of Western Canada's technology capabilities abroad. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
16,995,457 17,342,263 15,022,579

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 FTEs 2016–17 FTEs 2017–18 FTEs
29 29 29

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Capacity of western clients to pursue international business opportunities / attract international visitors # of western SMEs and other organizations pursuing a new trade, investment or international R&D opportunity, as a result of global advisory services 526 March 31, 2016
Capacity to support the flow of goods and services in/out of Western Canada Value of improvements to trade infrastructure $2M March 31, 2016
International awareness of trade, investment and tourism opportunities, and SME technology capabilities in Western Canada Value of new international business leads generated through missions or events $890M March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Trade, Investment and Market Access activities in 2015–16.

  • Assist western SMEs in engaging in international business and increasing their penetration in international markets, both in North America and emerging markets.
  • Improve trade corridors of importance to Western Canada to support the flow of goods, services and people into and out of Western Canada.
  • Raise awareness of Western Canada's key sectors, strengths and capabilities in international markets, especially emerging markets, and attract foreign investment to the region.

Sub-program 1.1.2: Business Productivity and Growth

Description

Business Productivity and Growth supports western Canadian businesses, business service providers, industry, and research organizations to undertake initiatives to enhance business productivity, competitiveness, and growth of western Canadian SMEs. This is achieved through promoting awareness and adoption of sound management and business practices, and current technology, as well as access to skilled labour. In addition, this sub-program supports some members of the Western Canada Business Service Network and related partners in providing business services and access to capital to targeted client groups such as women, persons with disabilities, and Aboriginal people. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Women's Enterprise Initiative and the Western Diversification Program. Support of the Canada Business Network is provided through operations and maintenance funding.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
26,913,847 31,199,505 32,875,501

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
30 30 30

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Access to business development services, capital and leveraged capital # of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business or capital services 2,000 March 31, 2016
Adoption of sound management and business practices and technology # of SMEs investing in adoption of sound management or business practices, or technology 675 March 31, 2016
Access to skilled labour # of skilled workers hired as a result of training or skills certification 850 March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Business Productivity and Growth activities in 2015–16.

  • Support targeted investments that develop skilled labour in Western Canada, including projects that increase the availability of training, equipment and on-site training programs.
  • Facilitate opportunities for partnerships between industry and organizations that deliver post-secondary training to increase training capacity related to specific skilled trades.
  • Support and strengthen the role of members of the Western Canada Business Service Network (WCBSN) in their efforts to enhance business productivity, competitiveness and growth of western Canadian SMEs.
  • Engage the Canada Business Network's service delivery agents, partners and other key stakeholders to optimize service delivery and brand the Network as a valuable primary source of information for Canadian entrepreneurs and small businesses.
  • Work with Aboriginal people across the West to partner with industry, other government departments, post-secondary institutions and other organizations to increase opportunities for Aboriginal business development, entrepreneurship and skills development.

Sub-program 1.1.3: Innovation Capacity Building

Description

Innovation Capacity Building strengthens the overall innovation system in the West through capacity building in support of commercialization of knowledge-based products, processes and services. It supports research institutions in acquiring necessary space and equipment to engage in applied R&D or in the development of highly qualified personnel; or to conduct applied research and technology development from proof of concept to validation. It also supports not-for-profit institutions to undertake pre-commercialization activities such as triage, patenting, licensing, disclosures, and bundling of technologies; or to develop and demonstrate the potential of research in pre-commercial applications in order to engage commercial partners. In addition, it supports relevant industry skills training for engineers and scientists, as well as technology skills training for non-technical professionals. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
17,837,460 16,294,261 15,095,371

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
7 7 7

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Initial Technology Development - basic technological components are integrated for testing and validation in a simulated (laboratory) environment Value of applied R&D undertaken up to three years after the funding period $6.25M March 31, 2016
Intermediate Technology Development - prototypes are ready for demonstration in an operational setting # of prototypes ready for demonstration in operational environment 600 March 31, 2016
Highly Qualified People (HQP) - create a pool of highly qualified personnel to support the commercialization of knowledge-based products, processes and services # of HQP trained 1,350 March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Innovation Capacity Building activities in 2015–16.

  • Invest in projects that improve knowledge infrastructure, support applied R&D, and develop HQP.
  • Convene key western stakeholders from industry, post-secondary institutions, major research facilities and government to discuss innovation policy and identify new innovation models that strengthen the innovation marketplace and support commercial opportunities.

Sub-program 1.1.4: Technology Commercialization

Description

Technology Commercialization aims to increase the commercialization of knowledge-based products, processes, and service. It supports either not-for-profit entities, which assist SMEs, or SMEs directly to engage in advanced technology development, access incremental investments, or sell knowledge-based products, processes, and services. It supports the development and production of prototypes, and demonstration of products, as well as third party certification, testing and quality assurance of specific products. In addition, it supports outreach and promotional activities to attract investment. It also supports the validation of market potential and end-user acceptance, as well as  facilitating market-ready knowledge-based products, processes, and services. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
38,773,286 33,538,050 34,100,779

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
45 45 45

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Advanced Technology Development - the technology in its final form is proven through successful deployment in an operational setting under real-life conditions # of products, processes or services, proven through successful deployment in an operational setting 93 March 31, 2016
Enhanced financial capacity of SMEs to pursue technology development and commercialization Value of incremental private sector investment attracted $3.5M March 31, 2016
Sales of knowledge-based products, processes, and/or services by SMEs Value of sales tied to the knowledge-based product, process, service or technology commercialized $92M March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Technology Commercialization activities in 2015–16.

  • Provide support under the WINN Initiative to for-profit SMEs in Western Canada to bring new technology-based products, processes and services to market.
  • Invest in projects that support advanced technology development, product demonstrations and validation of market potential.
  • Provide pathfinding to help SMEs identify other funding sources or services.

Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth

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 direct funding of projects, as well as funding support of the Community Futures (CF) organizations. Additionally, this program assists communities to assess community strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and potential for new economic activity, and to develop and implement community plans. 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)
 
2015–16
Main Estimates
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
34,862,792 34,862,792 33,393,025 32,622,197

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
35 21 19

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Western Canadian communities have strong businesses SME sales growth 10 % March 31, 2016
Western Canadian communities have capacity for socio-economic development # of communities benefitting from Community Economic Growth projects 1,175 March 31, 2016
Western Canadian communities have the necessary public infrastructure to support economic growth # of communities benefitting from federal public infrastructure investments n/a* n/a


* The results of WD's work to support community infrastructure through programs delivered on behalf of Infrastructure Canada are reported through Infrastructure Canada.

 

Planning Highlights

WD plans to undertake the following Community Economic Growth activities in 2015–16.

  • Continue to collaborate with Infrastructure Canada in the delivery of current infrastructure programs across the West.
  • Complete Community Futures (CF) Revitalization activities to maximize the economic impact of CF organizations and align with Government of Canada and WD priorities.
  • Continue to work with other federal organizations to deliver the Economic Development Initiative as part of the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013–2018.xvi

Sub-program 1.2.1: Infrastructure Programming

Description

Infrastructure Programming provides community infrastructure funding in Western Canada to meet the Government of Canada's commitment to growth and the quality of life of Canadians. It builds and renews infrastructure in rural and urban municipalities across Canada allowing them to compete in the regional, national, and global economy. WD delivers infrastructure programming directly or in partnership with Infrastructure Canada and the four western provincial governments. Transfer payments in support of direct delivery of  this sub-program are made through designated program authorities, excluding the Western Diversification Program. Transfer payments in support of  delivery of  this sub-program in partnership are made through Other Government Suspense accounts originating from Infrastructure Canada under various funding authorities. WD receives operations and maintenance funding for the delivery of partnership programming.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
1,157,651 372,105 0

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
10 2 0

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
New or improved environmental infrastructure # of new or improved environmental systems n/a* n/a
New or improved transportation or telecommunications infrastructure # of new or improved transportation or telecommunications networks n/a* n/a
New or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism or other related infrastructure # of new or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism or other related facilities n/a* n/a


* The results of WD's work to support community infrastructure through programs delivered on behalf of Infrastructure Canada are reported through Infrastructure Canada.

 

Planning Highlights

WD plans to undertake the following Infrastructure Programming activities in 2015–16.

  • Continue to administer the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component as part of the wind-down phase.
  • Continue to collaborate with Infrastructure Canada on sunsetting infrastructure programs across the West.

Sub-program 1.2.2: Community Development

Description

Community Development strengthens the viability of the local economy, enhances community capacity, and increases the participation of community members by encouraging and supporting them in grass roots economic development. This sub-program assists communities, including the Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs), to assess the communities' needs and develop a community strategic plan in response to those needs. It also provides funding for the implementation of projects, normally identified through community planning, that stimulate economic development and capitalize on the communities' capacity, strengths, and opportunities. This is achieved through direct funding support for community planning and development projects. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
3,081,431 2,449,330 2,156,749

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
7 1 1

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Strong community strategic planning # of regionally-based community strategic plan(s) developed and/or updated 25 March 31, 2016
Effective implementation of community plans Value of community-based projects $10.6M March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Community Development activities in 2015–16.

  • Engage Aboriginal people across the West and key partners to identify opportunities for community-based investments in support of Aboriginal business development, entrepreneurship and skills development.
  • Support Francophone Economic Development Organizations in the provision of community economic development services to OLMCs.
  • Continue to work with other federal organizations to deliver the Economic Development Initiativexvii as part of the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013–2018.xviii

Sub-program 1.2.3: Community Futures Program

Description

The Community Futures (CF) Program builds the capacity of rural communities to realize their full economic potential by aiding the development and implementation of local solutions to local problems. This sub-program provides financial support to CF organizations to deliver a range of small business services including information, counseling, training, and referrals to stimulate small business growth and local employment. In addition, CF organizations provide repayable financing to new and existing enterprises, through locally controlled investment funds. In collaboration with partners and stakeholders, CF organizations also assess the communities' needs, develop strategic plans in response to those needs, and implement community economic development projects identified in the plans. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Community Futures Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
30,623,710 30,571,590 30,465,448

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
18 18 18

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Strong rural community strategic planning and implementation Value of regionally-based community strategic plan(s) developed and/or updated $11.3M March 31, 2016
Rural access to business development services # of businesses created,  maintained or expanded through business services 900 March 31, 2016
Rural access to capital and leveraged capital Value of loans $64M March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Community Futures program activities in 2015–16.

  • Support CF organizations to deliver a variety of services ranging from technical and advisory services to businesses, loans to SMEs and strategic economic planning.
  • Complete CF Revitalization activities to maximize the economic impact of CF organizations and align with Government of Canada and WD priorities.
  • Continue to work with WCBSN members to strengthen the structures, governance, accountability and performance management needed to provide value-added offerings.

Sub-program 1.2.4: Targeted Economic Initiatives

Description

Targeted Economic Initiatives supports economic activity in western Canadian communities, on a temporary basis through targeted economic stimulus or adjustment, to provide timely responses to the most pressing local needs, consistent with government priorities. Through this sub-program, WD is able to support western Canadian communities facing economic shocks, natural disasters, challenging economic circumstances with potential adverse effects, depressed economic conditions, or development opportunities with anticipated positive impacts. WD provides assistance through dedicated, temporary supplementary funding from the Government of Canada or through the Department's own special allocations. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program, as a temporary and targeted measure only, as well as other program authorities, as necessary.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
0 0 0

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
0 0 0

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Businesses opportunities created # businesses created, maintained or expanded n/a* n/a
Community opportunities created Value of community-based projects, as well as leverage n/a* n/a
Job opportunities created # jobs created, maintained or expanded n/a* n/a


* No results for targeted economic initiatives are expected for 2015–16.

 

Planning Highlights

In 2015–16, WD will continue to monitor and follow-up on repayable contributions made under the Community Adjustment Fund. No additional activities are planned.

Program 1.3: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination

Description

Policy, Advocacy, and Coordination arises from the Western Economic Diversification Act and empowers the Minister to advance the interests of Western Canada through policies and programs and by establishing cooperative relationships with key stakeholders. Policy, Advocacy and Coordination efforts enable WD to: provide a strong voice for Western Canada, which results in effective strategies, policies, and programs that address economic development needs; lead federal and intergovernmental collaboration to pursue key opportunities for long-term growth and diversification in areas of federal or shared federal-provincial jurisdiction; and, enable economic analysis activities to be carried out, which ultimately assist with informing policy and program decisions. Transfer payments in support of this program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Main Estimates
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
10,145,094 10,145,094 10,898,859 10,956,490

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
58 58 58

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
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% March 31, 2016
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% March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Policy, Advocacy and Coordination activities in 2015–16.

  • Promote western interests to key decision makers in the development of national policies and strategies.
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders in western provinces and with other federal organizations by proactively engaging potential partners, sharing information and collaborating on initiatives of interest to Western Canada.
  • Support policy analysis to enhance understanding of western Canadian economic issues, challenges and opportunities related to the Department's priorities in order to identify areas for departmental action.

Sub-program 1.3.1: Advocacy and Coordination

Description

Advocacy and Coordination aims to advance Western Canada's interests in national policies, priorities, and programs through coordinating effective responses by key stakeholders reflecting improved understanding and awareness of regional issues and opportunities. Stakeholders may include other government departments, industry and industry associations, academia, and the not-for-profit sector. Efforts in this sub-program lead to balanced, regionally-sensitive approaches to western Canadian 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)
 
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
6,496,732 6,664,600 6,459,038

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
46 46 46

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Access to economic opportunities for Western Canada # of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to economic development opportunities for Western Canada 50 March 31, 2016
Coordinated economic development activities, policies and programs in Western Canada # of initiatives undertaken, programs implemented and policies developed, which were coordinated by WD 28 March 31, 2016
Access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs # of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to procurement related opportunities for western Canadian SMEs and stakeholders 24 March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Advocacy and Coordination activities in 2015–16.

  • Represent western interests to key decision makers in the development of national policies and strategies. For example, WD will continue to represent western perspectives in the implementation of the federal Defence Procurement Strategyxix and the Global Markets Action Plan.xx
  • Work with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and other federal departments to facilitate Aboriginal participation in West Coast energy development, including delivery of the Strategic Partnership Initiativexxi – West Coast Energy projects.
  • Build and sustain a strong network of stakeholders throughout the West to enhance the Department's knowledge of issues and opportunities in the region.
  • Convene and engage key stakeholders across the West to identify opportunities for collaboration in support of economic development activities, including the identification of partnership projects with provinces and other stakeholders in targeted areas.

Sub-program 1.3.2: Economic Analysis

Description

Economic Analysis strives to increase understanding of western Canadian challenges, opportunities, and priorities through conducting research and disseminating results to support internal or external policy and program development. This is achieved through externally generated research; or in-house research and analysis involving economic overviews, environmental scans, analysis of federal or other government documents, and sectoral or issue analysis that supports departmental policy, planning, or program development. It includes external consultation on key economic issues or opportunities facing Western Canada with leaders from both the private and public sectors. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
3,648,362 4,234,259 4,497,452

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
12 12 12

 

 

Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Decisions impacting the western Canadian economy are informed by evidence-based economic analysis # of evidence-based economic analyses conducted or funded by WD 62 March 31, 2016

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following economic analysis activities in 2015–16.

  • Support economic and policy analysis to enhance understanding of western Canadian economic issues, challenges, opportunities and priorities.
  • Strengthen departmental knowledge of the needs and capabilities of western Canadian businesses related to the Department's strategic priorities through increased availability of research and analysis.

Internal Services

Description

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not those provided to a specific program. The groups of activities are Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; and Acquisition Services.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2015–16
Main Estimates
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
14,385,978 14,385,978 12,732,588 13,793,480

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
102 102 102

 

 

Planning Highlights

 

WD plans to undertake the following Internal Services activities in 2015–16.

  • Continue to improve internal business processes and systems to ensure that WD remains a high performing organization while delivering programs and services to Canadians.
  • Support change management through knowledge transfer initiatives, training and employee development to maintain consistent program delivery, policy implementation and client service.
  • Collaborate with other Regional Development Agencies to improve common business processes, systems and partnerships to achieve program efficiencies.
  • Participate in the Government of Canada's office modernization initiative.
  • Contribute to the Government of Canada's Destination 2020 initiative to build a world-class public service.