Regional diversification policy in Alberta
Alberta Association, Canadian Institute of Planners
On August 4, 1992 Western Diversification Canada (WD) celebrated its 5th birthday. This anniversary provides an excellent opportunity to examine WD's mandate and programs and to assess the allocation of funding under its various programs. This article opens with a framework for conceptualizing regional economic development policy in terms of sectoral diversification and spatial diversification. It then considers how the Economic Council of Canada's Western Transition (1984) contributed to WD's policy orientation. The circumstances surrounding the creation of WD, limitations of its initial program structure, and the principles underlying the newly created Western Diversification Program are described. The paper concludes with an analysis of WD approved projects in Alberta to highlight some of the trends in the regional and sectoral distribution of funding.
Economic development projects -- Canada, Western , Canada, Western -- Economic policy
MacLachlan, I. (1992). Regional diversification policy in Alberta. Alberta and Northwest Territories Journal of Planning Practice, 11, 35-55.