Western Economic Diversification Canada
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WD is committed to both the spirit and intent of the Privacy Act, to ensure the privacy of individuals with respect to their personal information held by 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 Privacy Act (Revised Statutes of Canada, Chapter P-21, 1985) was proclaimed on July 1, 1983.  The Act extends the present laws of Canada that protect the privacy of individuals, and provides individuals with a right of access to personal information about themselves.  It also protects the privacy of individuals by denying third parties access to personal information relating to them and enabling them to exercise strict control over the collection, disclosure and use of such information.  Necessary exceptions should be limited and specific.

This report describes how WD administered the Act during fiscal year 2016-2017, 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.

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.