Towards a Western Canada Growth Strategy

Working together for a better future

The world is changing. In an era of intense global competition, Canadians must build on past achievements, address challenges head on, and work to seize new economic opportunities that position us for the future.

To ensure western Canada continues to remain competitive in this new reality, the federal government is working with business, industry, academia, Indigenous communities and organizations, and different levels of government, to help develop a truly "Made-in-Western-Canada" growth strategy. This strategy not only reflects the unique regional advantages of each province, but also helps to stimulate economic growth.

Learn more about the Western Canada Growth Strategy.

What do you think?

We want to hear from you. Help us build the pillars to shape the Western Canada Growth Strategy by answering the following five questions either online, through mail, or by leading your own group discussion:

  1. What does a stronger western Canadian economy look like 10 years from now?
  2. What are the best ways to spur new growth in western Canada?
  3. What will help the Indigenous economy continue to grow?
  4. How can we improve economic participation in the west of underrepresented groups, including women, youth and new immigrants?
  5. How can governments, industry and western Canadians work together to grow the regional economy?
Share your ideas

Ideas will be posted to the Western Canada Growth Strategy website within 2 business days in the language in which they were provided. Read what we are hearing.

All comments received will be considered public. Please read the Western Canada Growth Strategy Privacy Statement and Terms of Use.

Please send us your ideas by November 16, 2018.

Online Discussion ForumOnline Discussion Forum

 

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Group DiscussionGroup Discussion Toolkit

 

Organize your own group discussion by checking out this toolkit for tips on how to plan a session, shape your conversation, and report back.

 

 
Email

Email

Send us an email at wd.engages-mobilisation.deo@canada.ca with your ideas or suggestions

Mail

Mail

Mail your letter by post November 9, 2018 to:
Western Economic Diversification Canada
C/O: Western Canada
Growth Strategy Engagement
Suite 1500, 9700 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4H7

Social Media

Social Media

Follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag: #MyWesternCanada

 

The Vision

Imagine a future where innovative processes make our agriculture, forestry, mining, and energy industries more efficient and sustainable, where digital services and media developed here meet the needs of companies and people across the globe, and where new opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, and new immigrants translate into jobs and prosperity for all.

This vision is within our grasp, but it cannot be accomplished by any one person, government, organization, or sector.

This is why we are working together to develop a Western Canada Growth Strategy—one that positions western Canada for a prosperous future.

This strategy is about growing the economy, attracting investment, and creating middle class jobs for Canadians. To do this, we need to think boldly and work together to focus our efforts on advancing western Canada's regional strengths.

Engaging with western Canadians

Growing the economy is like building a house. It starts with a solid foundation.

You would not start building a house without considering the needs of the people who will live there, engaging an architect, creating the right floor plan, or finding the right people and tools to do the job.

Likewise in economic development, to build an effective strategy, we need to engage western Canadians, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and organizations, rural communities, municipalities, economic development organizations, industry, innovation centres, think tanks, and academia, to help define the "pillars" or the foundation that make up the Western Canada Growth Strategy.

Why? Because when you thrive, we all thrive.

Whether you live in rural or urban areas, you are a part of a small startup, or you are a community leader, you have ideas about what is needed to build a strong economy. We need you to tell us what matters most to you about growing the economy, and how we can better work together to build on our existing regional strengths

What is the Western Canada Growth Strategy?

The Western Canada Growth Strategy is a "made-in-western-Canada" plan that aims to position the West for success five years from now, 10 years from now, and beyond. This pan-western growth strategy will help set the foundation to ensure that the unique regional economies in western Canada continue to grow and flourish by:

  • identifying shared priorities to grow the economy
  • increasing collaboration with those who make a difference in our economy, such as business, industry, academia, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and organizations, and different levels of government
  • engaging western Canadians to identify and drive economic growth opportunities

Challenges and opportunities

Western Canada's strong economic performance over most of the last two decades has helped drive growth at the national level, but slower growth is expected going forward as the region faces significant challenges, including:

  • Emerging trade barriers with traditional partners;
  • Disruptive technologies posing risks for companies and workers;
  • Lower economic participation by Indigenous Peoples and other groups;
  • Weaker prices for natural resources, combined with transportation bottlenecks, and the growing interest in environmentally sustainable practices; and
  • Ready access to talent and skilled workers.

Increased collaboration between players can address these challenges and help western Canadians pursue new opportunities for growth, such as:

  • Diversifying exports and capturing rising demand from emerging markets;
  • Growing emerging industries and transforming traditional sectors;
  • Supporting Indigenous Peoples, women, and youth to enter the workforce and access opportunities for entrepreneurship;
  • Making small businesses more competitive and helping them to scale-up;
  • Diversifying the economy, building on innovation to develop, market and distribute products and services; and
  • Equipping western Canadians with the skills they need to thrive in the new economy

 

Contact us

Western Economic Diversification Canada
C/O: Western Canada Growth Strategy Engagement

Suite 1500, 9700 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4H7

Email: wd.engages-mobilisation.deo@canada.ca

*Please read the Western Canada Growth Strategy Privacy Statement and Terms of Use

Regional snapshot

Get a glimpse of a current snapshot of Western Canada:

Western canada's Population

 

Western Canada's Population

11.1 million
32% of Canada's Population
(2016)

First Nations, Inuit and Métis in the West

 

First Nations, Inuit and Métis in the West

927,550 population
55% of Canada's Indigenous Population
(2016)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

 

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

$651 billion
38% of the national total
(2017)

Labour market

 

Labour market

6 million workers
6.3% unemployment rate
(2017)

Trade

 

Trade

$186.6 billion in merchandise exports
37% of national total
(2017)

Natural resources

 

Natural resources

$122 billion in real GDP
(2017)

SMEs and entrepreneurship

 

SMEs and entrepreneurship

427,000 active SMEs with employees
(2017)

Expected Timelines

The federal government is working with business, industry, academia, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and organizations, and different levels of government to identify areas of shared economic interest to advance new opportunities for western Canadians.

The engagement will be open until November 16, 2018 and the Western Canada Growth Strategy will be developed and launched by early 2019. Make sure to visit this site often for updates.

ENGAGE
Sept-Nov 2018

DEVELOP
Dec-Jan 2019

IMPLEMENT
Early 2019

What we've done so far

The Government of Canada is supporting a number of initiatives that will have a positive impact on Western Canada.

Read about what we've done so far to grow the western Canadian economy.


What we are hearing

Ideas shared so far

Please note that the comments are presented as they were submitted, in the language in which they were written.

Follow the conversation on our online discussion forum and #Twitter.

 
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