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Sub-program 1.2.2: Community Development


Community Development assists communities, including the OLMCs, to assess community needs and develop community strategic plans in response to those needs. It also provides funding for the implementation of projects that stimulate economic development and capitalize on communities' capacity, strengths and opportunities. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.


Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
Planned Spending
Actual Spending
(actual minus planned)
3,189,378 2,325,176 (864,202)

Note: Actual spending is lower than planned primarily due to more project approvals in other priority areas following comparative analysis of all proposals received.


Human Resources (FTEs)
(actual minus planned)
9 6 (3)


Performance Results
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Strong community strategic planning Number of local and regionally-based community strategic plan(s) developed and/or updated 100 32
Effective implementation of community plans Value of community-based projects $12 million $6.7 million


Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

WD tracks two indicators to capture the impact of the Community Development sub-program: number of local and regionally-based community strategic plan(s) developed and/or updated; and value of community-based projects.

WD did not meet its targets related to the Community Development sub-program because the performance indicators are new, first introduced by WD in 2013–14, resulting in a lack of historic trend data during the target setting exercise (see Performance Results table on above).

In 2014–15, WD primarily implemented this sub-program through its support to the Francophone Economic Development Organisation (FEDO) in each western province. Examples of 2014–15 initiatives include:

  • In British Columbia, the FEDO Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique was involved when Air France established service between Vancouver International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in March 2015;
  • In Alberta, the FEDO Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta organized a trade mission of francophone entrepreneurs and business representatives to the Northwest Territories (NWT) in collaboration with the NWT Economic Development Council and with financial support from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency;
  • In Manitoba, the FEDO Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba organised a Lion's Den small business competition which helped launch the Voilà fashion collection; and
  • In Saskatchewan, the FEDO Conseil de la coopération de la Saskatchewan, through the "Bienvenue Signage Program" project promoted French services across Saskatchewan.