Western Economic Diversification Canada
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Introduction

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) was established in 1987 under the provisions of the Western Economic Diversification Act (1988), and mandated to promote the development and diversification of the economy of Western Canada and to advance the interests of the West in national economic policy, programs, and project development and implementation. This broad mandate allows the department to implement tailored programs and initiatives to assist western Canadians to create strong, competitive and innovative businesses and communities.

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is responsible for this department.

The Access to Information Act (Revised Statutes of Canada, Chapter A-1, 1985) was proclaimed on July 1, 1983, and extends the present laws of Canada to provide all Canadian citizens, permanent residents and corporations present in Canada with a right of access to any record under the control of a government institution that is not of a personal nature.  In accordance with the principles that government information should be available to the public, this access to information is balanced against the legitimate need to protect sensitive information and permit effective functioning of government.  Necessary exceptions should be limited and specific.

Further, the Act complements, but does not replace, other procedures for obtaining government information, and is not intended to limit access to government information normally available to the public upon request.

This report describes how WD administered the Act during fiscal year 2015-2016, and fulfills the requirements under Section 72 that every government institution must prepare an annual report on the administration of this Act each fiscal year and ensure it is tabled in Parliament.