Western Economic Diversification Canada
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General Information
Name of transfer payment program Western Diversification Program (WDP)
Start date December 3, 1987
End date Ongoing
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2010-11
Strategic Outcome A growing and diversified western Canadian economy.
Link to organization's program(s)

Program 1.1: Business Development and Innovation
Sub-Program 1.1.1: Trade, Investment and Market Access
Sub-Program 1.1.2: Business Productivity and Growth
Sub-Program 1.1.3: Innovation Capacity Building
Sub-Program 1.1.4: Technology Commercialization

Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth
Sub-Program1.2.2: Community Development
Sub-Program1.2.4: Targeted Economic Initiatives

Program 1.3: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination
Sub-Program 1.3.1: Advocacy and Coordination
Sub-Program 1.3.2: Economic Analysis

Description This program was designed to promote economic development and diversification in Western Canada and advance the interests of Western Canada in national policy, program and project development and implementation.
Results achieved
  • A strengthened western innovation system.
  • An expanded business sector in Western Canada.
  • Increased investment in strategic federal/regional economic development priorities that improves the viability, prosperity and quality of life in communities across Western Canada.
  • A better understanding of Western Canada's needs, opportunities and aspirations inside and outside of the region leading to improved programs and services for western Canadians.
Comments on variances Actual spending is lower than planned spending by $3.6 million as a result of reallocating funding to other government initiatives.
Audits completed or planned WD's internal audit function has been transferred to the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG). All audits of the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), including WD, will be conducted by OCG in accordance with their RDA Risk-Based Audit Plan (RBAP). The previous WDP audit was completed in September 2009.
Evaluations completed or planned An evaluation of Business Productivity and Growth activity, which is within the Business Development and Innovation Program area, was completed in 2015–16. An evaluation of the Innovation Capacity Building and Technology Commercialization activities, within the Business Development and Innovation Program area, is planned to be conducted during 2016–17.
Engagement of applicants and recipients The WDP and Western Innovation Initiative stream are both delivered through a call for proposals process. Potential applicants and stakeholders are engaged through active outreach, media strategies and information provided on Western Economic Diversification Canada's (WD) public website. Applicants throughout western Canada were encouraged to apply for funding to support a wide range of economic development opportunities through WD's electronic application form.


Program: Policy, Advocacy & Coordination (WDP)

Performance Information (dollars) - a1
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14
Actual
spending
2014–15
Actual
spending
2015–16
Planned
spending
2015–16
Total
authorities available for use
2015–16
Actual
spending (authorities used)
Variance
(2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total grants $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total contributions $1,761,647 $1,524,413 $2,095,660 $2,095,660 $2,040,418 $(55,242)
Total other types of transfer payments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Policy, Advocacy & Coordination $1,761,647 $1,524,413 $2,095,660 $2,095,660 $2,040,418 $(55,242)


Program: Community Economic Growth (WDP)

Performance Information (dollars) - a2
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14
Actual
spending
2014–15
Actual
spending
2015–16
Planned
spending
2015–16
Total
authorities available for use
2015–16
Actual
spending (authorities used)
Variance
(2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total grants $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total contributions $1,297,718 $1,469,847 $2,080,135 $2,080,135 $1,490,472 $(589,663)
Total other types of transfer payments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Community Economic Growth $1,297,718 $1,469,847 $2,080,135 $2,080,135 $1,490,472 $(589,663)


Program: Business Development and Innovation (WDP)

Performance Information (dollars) - a3
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14
Actual
spending
2014–15
Actual
spending
2015–16
Planned
spending
2015–16
Total
authorities available for use
2015–16
Actual
spending (authorities used)
Variance
(2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total grants $0 $0 $5,000,000 $0 $0 $(5,000,000)
Total contributions $78,778,237 $88,299,914 $77,203,214 $84,479,133 $79,208,544 $2,005,330
Total other types of transfer payments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Business Development and Innovation $78,778,237 $88,299,914 $82,203,214 $84,479,133 $79,208,544 $(2,994,670)

 

Performance Information (dollars) - a4
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14
Actual
spending
2014–15
Actual
spending
2015–16
Planned
spending
2015–16
Total
authorities available for use
2015–16
Actual
spending (authorities used)
Variance
(2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total grants $0 $0 $5,000,000 $0 $0 $(5,000,000)
Total contributions $81,837,602 $91,294,174 $81,379,009 $88,654,928 $82,739,434 $1,360,425
Total other types of transfer payments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Western Economic Diversification program $81,837,602 $91,294,174 $86,379,009 $88,654,928 $82,739,434 $(3,639,575)

 

 

Community Futures Program (CF)
Name of transfer payment program Community Futures Program (CF)
Start date May 18, 1995
End date Ongoing
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2010-11
Strategic Outcome A growing and diversified western Canadian economy.
Link to organization's program(s) Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth
Sub-Program 1.2.3: Community Futures Program
Description This program was designed to provide funding for a network of Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC) across Canada with WD as the delivery department for the West. CFDCs are volunteer-led, non-profit organizations that lead strategic economic planning, and provide advice and commercial loans to local entrepreneurs, which foster economic development.
Results achieved
  • Strategic community planning: Worked with communities to assess local problems, establish objectives, plan and implement strategies to develop human, institutional and physical infrastructures, entrepreneurship, employment, and the economy.
  • Business Services: Delivered a range of business, counseling and information services to small and medium sized enterprises.
  • Access to capital: Provided capital to assist businesses or to help entrepreneurs to create new businesses.
Comments on variances Actual spending is higher than planned spending by $1.3 million due to the timing difference related to the processing of claims.
Audits completed or planned WD's internal audit function has been transferred to the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG). All audits of the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), including WD, will be conducted by OCG in accordance with their RDA Risk-Based Audit Plan (RBAP).
Evaluations completed or planned An evaluation of the Community Futures Program was conducted during 2013–14 and the final report was posted online in September 2014.  The next evaluation of the Community Futures Program is planned to be conducted during 2018–19.
Engagement of applicants and recipients Eligible applicants for the CF Program are the CF Organizations. WD has a long standing strategy of engaging with these organizations to build awareness of WD's programs among prospective proponents.

Program: Community Economic Growth (CF)

Performance Information (dollars) - b1
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14
Actual
spending
2014–15
Actual
spending
2015–16
Planned
spending
2015–16
Total
authorities available for use
2015–16
Actual
spending (authorities used)
Variance
(2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total grants $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total contributions $29,525,097 $26,502,066 $28,453,991 $29,790,691 $29,790,691 $1,336,700
Total other types of transfer payments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Community Economic Growth $29,525,097 $26,502,066 $28,453,991 $29,790,691 $29,790,691 $1,336,700

 

Performance Information (dollars) - b3
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14
Actual
spending
2014–15
Actual
spending
2015–16
Planned
spending
2015–16
Total
authorities available for use
2015–16
Actual
spending (authorities used)
Variance
(2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total grants $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total contributions $29,525,097 $26,502,066 $28,453,991 $29,790,691 $29,790,691 $1,336,700
Total other types of transfer payments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Community Futures program $29,525,097 $26,502,066 $28,453,991 $29,790,691 $29,790,691 $1,336,700