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Section 4: Other Items of Interest

4.1 Section 41, Official Languages Act

The Department has established a coordinated strategic framework to maximize participation by official-language minority communities in existing federal economic development programs and services. This framework integrates the government's Action Plan for Official Languages. Industry Canada and the four regional development agencies continued implementation of this plan in 2006-07. In addition, work continued on a major research effort on minority communities, and consultations strengthened partnerships with them.

During the past year, Industry Canada's commitment to official-language minority communities has been strengthened through a number of key activities. A dialogue has been maintained, on an ongoing basis and at various levels, to better understand the priorities and challenges that official-language minority communities are facing. In particular, Industry Canada's network of regional advisors and coordinators is dedicated to working exclusively with these communities and has been reinforced with new communications tools. At the same time, Industry Canada has continued awareness-building efforts internally as well as externally to ensure that managers and community leaders are informed about community needs and evolving programs. A formative evaluation was completed on all departmental programs, activities and projects that have been implemented to support the economic development of official-language minority communities. The recommendations were accepted and are being enacted. A DVD was also developed that features interactive geographic maps showing the locations of official-language minority communities across the country, using Statistics Canada data. This tool will provide a more comprehensive statistical portrait of the communities to help the Department determine future initiatives.

Throughout all of these activities, as well as in other efforts, Industry Canada has strengthened partnerships with the regional development agencies to ensure a coordinated presence within official-language minority communities.

4.2 Industry Canada's Organizational Chart

Industry Canada's organizational chart illustrates the Department's accountability structure.

Industry Canada’s Organizational Chart
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4.3 Organizational Changes within Industry Canada

The Department's organizational chart shown above reflects a number of recent organizational changes that are outlined in further detail below. It is important to note that the 2006-07 DPR does not reflect this new organizational structure. The organizational changes include the following:

  • Policy Sector: The previous Policy Sector has been reshaped to create a more focused Strategic Policy group, and a new Science and Innovation group that will better focus on innovation policy in its broadest sense.
  • Operations Sector: The previous Operations Sector has been split into the Small Business and Marketplace Services Sector and the Regional Operations Sector following a realignment of Industry Canada's operational agenda.

4.4 Machinery of Government Changes

In 2006-07, changes in the machinery of government affected Industry Canada and its Portfolio in the following ways:

  • Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC) – ABC was transferred from Industry Canada to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as of December 2006. Given that this change occurred late in the fiscal year, the Main Estimates for 2007-08 do not reflect the transfer. The transfer will be reflected in the 2007-08 Supplementary Estimates and the 2008-09 Main Estimates.
  • National Science Advisor (NSA) – The NSA was transferred from the Privy Council Office to Industry Canada as of May 2006. Due to the timing of this transfer, the financial and human resources associated with the NSA are included with Corporate Services, and the resources are divided across all programs and services.
  • Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism) – On January 4, 2007, the Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism) was appointed. The Secretary of State is responsible for small business and tourism, including outreach to key stakeholders and business associations such as the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Industry Canada supports the Secretary of State in his endeavours to address key priorities pertaining to small business and tourism.