Western Economic Diversification Canada
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WD is committed to both the spirit and intent of the Access to Information Act, which is based on the principles of open government, to ensure transparency and accountability within the department.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) was established to promote the development and diversification of the economy of Western Canada and to advance the interests of the West in national economic policy, program and project development and implementation.

The Department operates under the provision of the Western Economic Diversification Act, which came into force on June 28, 1988. WD is responsible for regional development in Western Canada by developing and supporting economic policies, programs and activities to promote economic growth.

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 to access to any record under the control of government institutions that is not of 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 2016-2017, and fulfills the requirements under section 73 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.

WD will publish its Annual Report to Parliament on its public website (www.wd-deo.gc.ca) once it has been tabled in the House of Commons and the Senate.