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Program 1.3: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination

Description

Policy, Advocacy and Coordination supports the advancement of the interests of Western Canada through effective strategies, policies and programs that address western economic development needs and by establishing cooperative relationships with key stakeholders. Transfer payments in support of this program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification 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)
10,741,002 10,741,002 11,153,518 8,736,194 (2,004,808)

Note: Actual spending is lower than planned as a result of reallocation of funding to other departmental priorities.

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
2014–15
Planned
2014–15
Actual
2014–15
Difference
(actual minus planned)
64 58 (6)

 

Performance Results
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
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% 82.7%[xxiii]
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% 87.0%[xxiv]

 

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

WD continually refines and focuses its Policy, Advocacy and Coordination (PAC) program to meet the changing priorities of western Canadians.  Through economic analysis, as well as engagement with key stakeholders, WD works to ensure that its priorities continue to be well aligned with specific needs of the business community in Western Canada.  Results from the March 2014 PAC survey[xxv] sent to key stakeholders indicated that WD needs to enhance its communication efforts and better inform stakeholders of departmental activities and success stories.

WD has organized and convened several strategic events with key stakeholders in 2014–15. A significant example is the first Western Innovation Forum (WIF) which WD hosted in April 2014 in collaboration with Mitacs and the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) in Vancouver.[xxvi] This industry-oriented event with more than 500 participants connected Western Canada's aerospace, marine, defence and security industries with innovation-driven investment, partnership and business opportunities. The two day forum provided an opportunity for businesses, industry, government, researchers and suppliers to connect on opportunities and discuss key issues facing businesses and innovators in Western Canada. The event facilitated more than 140 Business-to-Business and Business-to-Government meetings. Benefits identified by businesses include the unique networking opportunities and making valuable business connections. Ninety eight percent of participants surveyed found the event met or exceeded expectations; 83 percent established new connections; and 49 percent identified prospective leads. Based on the success of the first forum, WD in collaboration with CADSI, Mitacs and the Canadian Commercial Corporation hosted a second WIF in April 2015.[xxvii]