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Table 7: Horizontal Initiatives

1. Name of Horizontal Initiative:  Western Economic Partnership Agreements 2. Name of Lead Department(s):  Western Economic Diversification Canada
3. Start Date of the Horizontal Initiative:  August 2003 4. End Date of the Horizontal Initiative:  March 2008 5. Total Federal Funding Allocation (start to end date):  $100 million
6. Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):  WEPAs are four-year, $50 million cost shared agreements between the federal government and each of the four western provinces to promote shared economic development priorities.
7. Shared Outcome(s):  Greater federal-provincial cooperation in realizing the economic and regional development potential of Canada’s western provinces resulting in: a strengthened innovation system; the advancement of economic priorities; a competitive and expanded private sector; increased private sector investment opportunities; increased economic activity and diversity; increased international competitiveness; and, more sustainable communities.
8. Governance Structure(s):  Joint Federal Provincial Management Committees
9. Federal Partner(s)



10. Names of Programs for the Federal Partner(s) 11. Total Allocation From Start to End Date ($000) 12. Planned Spending for 2007–2008
13. Actual Spending in 2007–2008
14. Planned Results for 2007–2008
15. Results Achieved in 2007–2008
1. Western Economic Diversification Canada (a) Western Diversification Program




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16. Results Achieved by Non-federal Partners:  Similar to WD.
17. Contact Information:  Jim Monzer, Senior Policy Advisor (780) 495-6881 or mail to:

The WDP Evaluation Final Report notes that for every WEPA dollar spent by WD, another $1.65 was leveraged from other sources (p. 50).  In addition, the Final Report states that:  “Key informants spoke positively about the ability of cost-shared agreements to promote collaboration, strengthen partnerships, and more strategically focus on common priorities.” (p. 44)