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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 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)
2014-15
Main Estimates
2014-15
Planned Spending
2014-15
Total Authorities
Available for Use
2014-15
Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2014-15
Difference
(actual minus planned)
34,432,043 34,432,043 34,735,060 31,958,193 (2,473,850)

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
2014–15
Planned
2014–15
Actual
2014–15
Difference
(actual minus planned)
34 35 1

 

Performance Results
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results

Western Canadian communities have strong businesses

SME sales growth[xvii]

13.0% 10.2%

Western Canadian communities have capacity for socio-economic development

Number of communities benefitting from Community Economic Growth projects

1,400 1,338

Western Canadian communities have the necessary public infrastructure to support economic growth

Number of communities benefitting from federal public infrastructure investments

n/a* n/a

* With the cessation of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) in March 2014, WD did not anticipate results related to this indicator for 2014–15. The results of WD's work to support community infrastructure through programs delivered on behalf of Infrastructure Canada are reported through Infrastructure Canada.

 

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

WD tracks three indicators to capture the impact of the Community Economic Growth program: SME sales growth; number of communities benefitting from Community Economic Growth projects; and number of communities benefitting from federal public infrastructure investments.

WD achieved actual results of almost 80 percent or more against targets set for two indicators related to the Community Economic Growth program (see Performance Results table above).  The variance in the SME sales growth indicator is due to the economic slowdown in 2008–09 as the results are based on Statistics Canada data for the five year period between 2007 and 2012. [xviii]

WD continues to engage in activities to achieve greater impact from its investments in western Canadian communities.  In 2014–15, WD increased its engagement and outreach with Aboriginal communities. Of particular note, WD became a member of the new Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) West Coast Energy Committee, an interdepartmental governance structure established to support decision-making on SPI West Coast energy development. A total of six early stage economic development projects, which would not normally be funded by WD, were approved for WD delivery through this initiative.

WD continues to participate in the Economic Development Initiative (EDI),[xix] under the Government of Canada's strategy for official languages Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages (2013–2018): Education, Immigration, Communities[xx] by supporting economic development in official language minority communities (OLMCs) across Western Canada. The initiative facilitates sustainable growth in OLMCs by promoting the development of new expertise through innovation, diversification, partnerships and increased support for communities and SMEs.