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Supporting Information on Lower-Level Programs

Sub-program 1.1.1: Trade, Investment and Market Access

Description

Trade, Investment, and Market Access enhances western Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research institutes and industry associations' international business engagement and attracts investment to the region, including opportunities linked to government procurement. It focuses on increasing Western Canada's participation in global markets (both to source and supply goods and services); strengthening international partnerships; and attracting new foreign investment as well as Canadian Direct Investment Abroad to support access to and participation in global value chains. It also strives to strengthen trade-related infrastructure to enhance trade flows in and out of Western Canada, and promotes Western Canada as an attractive destination for international visitors (tourists, students, researchers, and investors). In addition, it supports international research and development (R&D) partnerships to enhance awareness of Western Canada's technology capabilities abroad. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Planned Results Sub-program 1.1.1
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
Actual
results
Capacity of western clients to pursue international business opportunities / attract international visitors Number of western SMEs and other organizations pursuing a new trade, investment or international R&D opportunity, as a result of global advisory services 717 March 31, 2018 792 346 932
Capacity to support the flow of goods and services in/out of Western Canada Value of improvements to trade infrastructure $0.49M March 31, 2018 $0 $0 $0
International awareness of trade, investment and tourism opportunities, and SME technology capabilities in Western Canada Value of new international business leads generated through missions or events $318M March 31, 2018 $1.5M $60.4M $894M

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) Sub-program 1.1.1
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
13,122,072 11,032,269 13,753,030

Human Resources (FTEs) Sub-program 1.1.1
2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
25 25 25

 

Sub-program 1.1.2: Business Productivity and Growth

Description

Business Productivity and Growth supports western Canadian businesses, business service providers, industry, and research organizations to undertake initiatives to enhance business productivity, competitiveness, and growth of western Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This is achieved through promoting awareness and adoption of sound management and business practices, and current technology, as well as access to skilled labour. In addition, this sub-program supports some members of the Western Canada Business Service Network and related partners in providing business services and access to capital to targeted client groups such as women, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous People. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Women's Enterprise Initiative and the Western Diversification Program. Support of the Canada Business Network is provided through operations and maintenance funding.

Planned Results Sub-program 1.1.2
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
Actual
results
Access to business development services, capital and leveraged capital Number of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business or capital services 2,000 March 31, 2018 2,257 2,469 2,368
Adoption of sound management and business practices and technology Number of SMEs investing in adoption of sound management or business practices, or technology 233 March 31, 2018 0 1,525 654
Access to skilled labour Number of skilled workers hired as a result of training or skills certification 913 March 31, 2018 40 153 782

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)Sub-program 1.1.2
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
20,101,289 19,406,766 20,502,044

Human Resources (FTEs)Sub-program 1.1.2
2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
29 31 32

 

Sub-program 1.1.3: Innovation Capacity Building

Description

Innovation Capacity Building strengthens the overall innovation system in the West through capacity building in support of commercialization of knowledge-based products, processes and services. It supports research institutions in acquiring necessary space and equipment to engage in applied research and development (R&D) or in the development of highly qualified personnel; or to conduct applied research and technology development from proof of concept to validation. It also supports not-for-profit institutions to undertake pre-commercialization activities such as triage, patenting, licensing, disclosures, and bundling of technologies; or to develop and demonstrate the potential of research in pre-commercial applications in order to engage commercial partners. In addition, it supports relevant industry skills training for engineers and scientists, as well as technology skills training for non-technical professionals. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Planned Results Sub-program 1.1.3
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
Actual
results
Initial Technology Development - basic technological components are integrated for testing and validation in a simulated (laboratory) environment Value of applied R&D undertaken up to three years after the funding period $7.6M March 31, 2018 $1.7M $2.9M $7.57M
Intermediate Technology Development - prototypes are ready for demonstration in an operational setting Number of prototypes ready for demonstration in operational environment 77* March 31, 2018 410 1,874 1,131
Highly Qualified People (HQP) - create a pool of highly qualified personnel to support the commercialization of knowledge-based products, processes and services Number of HQP trained 320* March 31, 2018 590 396 621

*These targets are project based and trends analysis would not be an accurate way to assess these targets. Fewer projects are projected to use the second and third indicator in this sub-program in 2017-18.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) Sub-program 1.1.4
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
12,599,520 3,602,946 4,537,095

Human Resources (FTEs) Sub-program 1.1.4
2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
12 15 16

 

Sub-program 1.1.4: Technology Commercialization

Description

Technology Commercialization aims to increase the commercialization of knowledge-based products, processes, and service. It supports either not-for-profit entities, which assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), or SMEs directly to engage in advanced technology development, access incremental investments, or sell knowledge-based products, processes, and services. It supports the development and production of prototypes, and demonstration of products, as well as third party certification, testing and quality assurance of specific products. In addition, it supports outreach and promotional activities to attract investment. It also supports the validation of market potential and end-user acceptance, as well as facilitating market-ready knowledge-based products, processes, and services. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program (WDP).

Planned Results Sub-program 1.1.4
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
Actual
results
Advanced Technology Development - the technology in its final form is proven through successful deployment in an operational setting under real-life conditions Number of products, processes or services, proven through successful deployment in an operational setting 81* March 31, 2018 2 20 219
Enhanced financial capacity of SMEs to pursue technology development and commercialization Value of incremental private sector investment attracted $3.8M March 31, 2018 $3.8M $3M $3.7M
Sales of knowledge-based products, processes, and/or services by small and medium-sized enterprises Value of sales tied to the knowledge-based product, process, service or  technology commercialized $129.2M* March 31, 2018 $0 $18.6M $38M

*These targets are project based and trends analysis would not be an accurate way to assess these targets.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) Sub-program 1.1.4
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
52,891,182 55,421,271 56,554,129

Human Resources (FTEs) Sub-program 1.1.4
2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
37 42 43

 

Sub-program 1.2.1: Infrastructure Programming

Description

Infrastructure Programming provides community infrastructure funding in Western Canada to meet the Government of Canada's commitment to growth and the quality of life of Canadians. It builds and renews infrastructure in rural and urban municipalities across Canada allowing them to compete in the regional, national, and global economy. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) delivers infrastructure programming directly or in partnership with Infrastructure Canada and the four western provincial governments. Transfer payments in support of direct delivery of this sub-program are made through designated program authorities, excluding the Western Diversification Program. Transfer payments in support of delivery of this sub-program in partnership are made through Other Government Suspense accounts originating from Infrastructure Canada under various funding authorities. WD receives operations and maintenance funding for the delivery of partnership programming.

Planned Results Sub-program 1.2.1
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
Actual
results
New or improved environmental infrastructure Number of new or improved environmental systems n/a* n/a 0 n/a n/a
New or improved transportation or telecommunications infrastructure Number of new or improved transportation or telecommunications networks n/a* n/a 0 n/a n/a
New or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism or other related infrastructure Number of new or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism or other related facilities 416 March 31, 2018 475 n/a n/a

* The results of WD's work to support community infrastructure through programs delivered on behalf of Infrastructure Canada were reported through Infrastructure Canada.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) Sub-program 1.2.1
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
47,837,564 923,962 0

Human Resources (FTEs) Sub-program 1.2.1
2017–18 2018–19 2019-20
14 3 0

 

Sub-program 1.2.2: Community Development

Description

Community Development strengthens the viability of the local economy, enhances community capacity, and increases the participation of community members by encouraging and supporting them in grass roots economic development. This sub-program assists communities, including the Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs), to assess the communities' needs and develop a community strategic plan in response to those needs. It also provides funding for the implementation of projects, normally identified through community planning, that stimulate economic development and capitalize on the communities' capacity, strengths, and opportunities. This is achieved through direct funding support for community planning and development projects. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Planned Results Sub-program 1.2.2
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
Actual
results
Strong community strategic planning Number of regionally-based community strategic plan(s) developed and/or updated 20 March 31, 2018 26 32 19
Effective implementation of community plans Value of community-based projects $5.5M March 31, 2018 $3.8M $6.7M $5.9M

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) Sub-program 1.2.2
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
2,176,983 2,159,574 2,159,459

Human Resources (FTEs) Sub-program 1.2.2
2017–18 2018–19 2019-20
4 4 4

 

Sub-program 1.2.3: Community Futures Program

Description

The Community Futures (CF) Program builds the capacity of rural communities to realize their full economic potential by aiding the development and implementation of local solutions to local problems. This sub-program provides financial support to CF organizations to deliver a range of small business services including information, counseling, training, and referrals to stimulate small business growth and local employment. In addition, CF organizations provide repayable financing to new and existing enterprises, through locally controlled investment funds. In collaboration with partners and stakeholders, CF organizations also assess the communities' needs, develop strategic plans in response to those needs, and implement community economic development projects identified in the plans. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Community Futures Program.

Planned Results Sub-program 1.2.3
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
Actual
results
Strong rural community strategic planning and implementation Value of community-based projects $19.6M March 31, 2018 $23.2M $24M $22.6M
Rural access to business development services Number of businesses created,  maintained or expanded through business services 1,475 March 31, 2018 766 1,460 1,922
Rural access to capital and leveraged capital Value of loans $69M March 31, 2018 $74.8M $77.5M $76.4M

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) Sub-program 1.2.3
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
30,071,725 30,086,376 30,085,984

Human Resources (FTEs) Sub-program 1.2.3
2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
18 18 18

 

Sub-program 1.2.4: Targeted Economic Initiatives

Description

Targeted Economic Initiatives supports economic activity in western Canadian communities, on a temporary basis through targeted economic stimulus or adjustment, to provide timely responses to the most pressing local needs, consistent with government priorities. Through this sub-program, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is able to support western Canadian communities facing economic shocks, natural disasters, challenging economic circumstances with potential adverse effects, depressed economic conditions, or development opportunities with anticipated positive impacts. WD provides assistance through dedicated, temporary supplementary funding from the Government of Canada or through the Department's own special allocations. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program, as a temporary and targeted measure only, as well as other program authorities, as necessary.

Planned Results Sub-program 1.2.4
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
Actual
results
Businesses opportunities created Number businesses created, maintained or expanded n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Community opportunities created Value of community-based projects, as well as leverage n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Job opportunities created Number jobs created, maintained or expanded n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) Sub-program 1.2.4
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
0 0 0

Human Resources (FTEs) Sub-program 1.2.4
2017–18 2018–19 2019-20
0 0 0

 

Sub-program 1.3.1: Advocacy and Coordination

Description

Advocacy and Coordination aims to advance Western Canada's interests in national policies, priorities, and programs through coordinating effective responses by key stakeholders reflecting improved understanding and awareness of regional issues and opportunities. Stakeholders may include other government departments, industry and industry associations, academia, and the not-for-profit sector. Efforts in this sub-program lead to balanced, regionally-sensitive approaches to western Canadian 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.

Planned Results Sub-program 1.3.1
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
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 42 March 31, 2018 29 39 40
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 35 March 31, 2018 27 34 29
Access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Number of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to procurement related opportunities for western Canadian SMEs and stakeholders 24 March 31, 2018 63 38 27

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) Sub-program 1.3.1
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
5,391,007 5,576,438 5,629,658

Human Resources (FTEs) Sub-program 1.3.1
2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
43 44 44

 

Sub-program 1.3.2: Economic Analysis

Description

Economic Analysis strives to increase understanding of western Canadian challenges, opportunities, and priorities through conducting research and disseminating results to support internal or external policy and program development. This is achieved through externally generated research; or in-house research and analysis involving economic overviews, environmental scans, analysis of federal or other government documents, and sectoral or issue analysis that supports departmental policy, planning, or program development. It includes external consultation on key economic issues or opportunities facing Western Canada with leaders from both the private and public sectors. Transfer payments in support of this sub-program are made under the authority of the Western Diversification Program.

Planned Results Sub-program 1.3.2
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target 2013-14
Actual
results
2014-15
Actual
results
2015-16
Actual
results
Decisions impacting the western Canadian economy are informed by evidence-based economic analysis Number of evidence-based economic analyses conducted or funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) 63 March 31, 2018 34 47 61

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars) Sub-program 1.3.2
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
3,274,661 3,234,885 3,234,460

Human Resources (FTEs) Sub-program 1.3.2
2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
16 16 16