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Sub-program 1.3.1: Advocacy and Coordination

Description

Advocacy and Coordination advances Western Canada's interests in national policies, priorities, and programs through inclusion of regional issues and opportunities as identified by key stakeholders. Efforts in this sub-program lead to balanced, regionally sensitive approaches to Government of Canada 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)
2014-15
Planned Spending
2014-15
Actual Spending
2014-15
Difference
(actual minus planned)
7,362,952 5,847,311 (1,515,641)

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)
50 46 (4)

 

Performance Results
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Access to economic opportunities for Western Canada Number of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to economic development opportunities for Western Canada 26 39
Coordinated economic development activities, policies and programs in Western Canada Number of economic development initiatives undertaken, programs implemented and policies developed which were coordinated by WD 14 34
Access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs Number of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs 25 38

 

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

WD tracks three indicators to capture the impact of the Advocacy and Coordination sub-program: number of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to economic development opportunities for Western Canada; number of economic development initiatives undertaken, programs implemented and policies developed which were coordinated by WD; and number of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs.

WD exceeded its targets for all three performance indicators related to the Advocacy and Coordination sub-program (see Performance Results table above).  WD increased its engagement activities (e.g., roundtables, committees, workshops) to advance its strategic priorities, as well as meetings with stakeholders on the department's programs and to gather views on the western Canadian economy. The Department also increased its convening activities to help create connections between industry, post-secondary education institutions, other types of stakeholders and governments. The 2014 WIF is an example of a key initiative organized by WD to convene stakeholders.

In order to support coordinated economic development in Western Canada, WD convened two roundtables on access to capital financing in winter 2015, at the Propel Energy Technology Forum in Calgary and at the Canadian Financing Forum in Vancouver. The roundtables brought together stakeholders, representing both industry and government, to discuss the challenges associated with securing financing for innovative activity and helped to facilitate connections between government, business and the investment community. Participants welcomed the opportunity to meet and discuss the opportunities and challenges in ensuring that SMEs have access to the capital and resources they need to grow and expand.

In 2014, WD and Natural Resources Canada convened the Energy Innovation Roundtable in Calgary. The Roundtable brought together stakeholders representing government, industry and academia to discuss how they can better facilitate innovation in the energy sector, including how to better support SMEs. The event facilitated business and government engagement on key innovation opportunities in the energy sector.

In December 2014, WD, in partnership with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), hosted the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Economic Development and Skills Forum in Saskatoon.  The event provided a forum for networking, promoting Aboriginal economic development and skills training programs, and an opportunity for participants to attend business to funder meetings. More than 100 people attended the forum including representation from 45 Saskatchewan Aboriginal communities and economic development organizations.  Future collaborations between AANDC, ESDC and WD are actively being pursued.

WD also signed a Memoranda of Understanding with the Canadian Commercial Corporation to enhance collaboration on export opportunities to foreign militaries.