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Western Economic Diversification

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) administers programs that advance innovation, entrepreneurship and community economic development in the four western provinces. This includes initiatives that are delivered directly by WD, as well as the western component of a number of national agreements. To achieve this mandate, WD supports initiatives that contribute to three strategic outcomes.

  • A strengthened western Canadian innovation system (Innovation) and a competitive and expanded business sector in Western Canada (Business Development and Entrepreneurship);
  • Economically viable communities in Western Canada with a high quality of life (Community Economic Development); and
  • Policies and programs that support the economic development of Western Canada.

To achieve its strategic outcome in 2008-2009, WD will focus on activities that support the following priorities:

  • Increasing technology commercialization;
  • Enhancing trade and investment;
  • Improving business productivity and competitiveness;
  • Increasing rural diversification; and
  • Achieving management excellence.

Please note that WD does offer opportunities for research infrastructure funding in addition to opportunities for operational funding and support.

 If you have any questions about WD programs, please contact the Institutional Programs team at