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Table 5: Horizontal Initiatives


Name of Horizontal Initiative: Western Economic Partnership Agreements

Name of Lead Department(s): Western Economic Diversification

Lead Department Program Activity: PA1 - Community Economic Planning, Development and Adjustment

PA2 - Business Development and Entrepreneurship

PA3 - Innovation

Start Date of the Horizontal Initiative:

August 2003 (Round II)
April 2008 (Round III)

End Date of the Horizontal Initiative:

March 2008 (Round II) - payments to March 2010
March 2012 (Round III) - payments to March 2014

Total Federal Funding Allocation (start to end date):

$100M (Round II)
$100M (Round III)

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement): WEPAs are four-year, $50M cost shared agreements between the federal government and each of the four western provinces to promote shared economic development priorities.

Shared Outcome(s): SO1 - Economically viable communities in Western Canada with a high quality of life.
SO2 - A competitive and expanded business sector in Western Canada and a strengthened western Canadian innovation system.
An evaluation of the previous WEPAs concluded that for every dollar invested by WD for WEPA initiatives, another $1.65 was leveraged from other government and non-government sources.  In addition, the Draft Final Report states that “generally, partners, management, and staff, as well as case study participants all spoke positively about the ability of cost-shared agreements (such as WEPAs) to promote collaboration, strengthen partnerships, and more strategically focus common priorities.

Governance Structure(s): A Management Committee that consists of one federal Co-Chair and one provincial Co-Chair carries out the administration and management of each of the WEPAs.


($ thousands)
Federal Partners Federal Partner Program Activity (PA) Names of Programs for Federal Partners Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for
2008-09
Actual Spending for
2008-09
Expected Results for
2008-09
Results Achieved in
2008-09
Western Economic Diversification PA1 - Community Economic Planning, Development and Adjustment Western Economic Diversification $37,000 $2,500 $3,362 Leveraging (from all sources) of $1.21 for every $1 spent $1.65
Western Economic Diversification PA2 - Business Development and Entrepreneurship Western Economic Diversification $13,000 $1,000 $1,392 Leveraging (from all sources) of $1.21 for every $1 spent $1.65
Western Economic Diversification PA3 - Innovation Western Economic Diversification $50,000 $1,000 $8,111 Leveraging (from all sources) of $1.21 for every $1 spent $1.65
Total WEPA $100,000 $4,500 $12,865