Western Economic Diversification Canada
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Results Highlights

What funds were used?
(2015–16 Actual Spending)
Who was involved?
(2015–16 Actual Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])
$155,691,374 287

Business Development and Innovation Program

  • WD-assisted projects reported $38 million in sales tied to the knowledge-based product, process, service or technology commercialized.i
  • WD-assisted projects reported $550 million in international business activity facilitated by the Department.ii
  • WD approved 55 projects with not-for-profit applicants under the Western Diversification Program (WDP), providing $51.9 million in assistance to strategically invest in Western Canada’s innovation eco-system, strengthen western Canadian SMEs’ engagement in international markets, and improve access to skilled labour.
  • WD opened a second intake for the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative and approved 21 projects for $21 million to assist western-based small and medium- sized enterprises to move new and innovative technologies from the later stages of research and development to the marketplace.
  • WD completed an evaluation of Business Productivity and Growth programming which found that over the five year evaluation period 3,398 businesses were created, maintained and/or expanded, 5,596 jobs were created or maintained, and business sales increased by close to $154 million.iii

Community Economic Growth Program

  • Between 2008 to 2013, western Canadian firms that accessed services through the WD-funded Community Futures (CF) program increased their sales by 9.9 percent and their employment growth by 7.7 percent annually, compared to non- CF clients whose sales increased by 3.7 percent and employment by 2.2 percent per year during the same period.iv
  • Under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, WD approved 469 projects for $46.1 million to support the renovation, expansion and improvements of existing community infrastructures as part of the Government of Canada's 150th anniversary celebration of Confederation.

Policy, Advocacy and Coordination Program

  • In April 2015, WD, in collaboration with Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, Mitacs and the Canadian Commercial Corporation, hosted the second Western Innovation Forum in Vancouver, BC. The event attracted more than 600 participants connecting them with innovation-driven investment, partnership and business opportunities in the aerospace and defence sectors.