Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) was established to promote the development and diversification of the economy of Western Canada and to advance the interests of the West in national economic policy, program and project development and implementation.

WD receives an annual allocation, approved by Parliament, for grants and contributions that support a wide range of programs responding to Western Canada's economic development needs and priorities.

Through the Western Diversification Program (WDP), WD makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada. Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations (i,e., universities and other post-secondary institutions, research institutes, industry associations, Indigenous organizations) for projects that support innovation, business development and/or community economic growth.

Submitting a WDP Proposal

In order to assess project costs adequately and to forecast budget periods for your WD application. It is essential that you liaise with the appropriate units at UAlberta to ensure you capture all potential costs and estimated time of delivery or completion for your budget items. If you have any questions about these steps, contact your RSO Research Facilitator.

Did you know that inadequate budget forecast planning could impact WD’s ability to flow funding or moving funds to a different fiscal year?

Personnel Costs

Does your project include costs for personnel (i.e., salary + benefits)?

  • Consult with UAlberta Human Resource Services (HR) and/or your department regarding development of a Job Fact Sheet, pay grade, etc.
  • Determine estimated timelines for hiring and commencement of the position.

Did you know that not consulting with HR may result in unanticipated delays in hiring personnel and/or insufficient budgeting for personnel costs?

Equipment Costs

Will the project include equipment purchases?

  • Consult with UAlberta Supply Management Services (SMS) (780-492-4668; customerservice@sms.ualberta.ca) to obtain information about:
    • Competitive bid process that applies to items over $75,000 CDN.
    • Estimated cost of the item, including shipping/handling and customs charges.
    • Fees associated with delivery.
    • Delivery and/or installation timelines once the item has been shipped from the vendor.
Did you know that since WD only reimburses costs for fully paid invoices (and not upon delivery of the item), not consulting with SMS on the purchasing details for your budgeted equipment may result in unexpected delays in assembly, shipping and/or delivery, potentially pushing equipment costs to the next fiscal year(s)?


Advanced Research Computing Costs

Does your project include costs for advanced research computing infrastructure (computing, memory, storage, etc.)?

  • Consult Scott Delinger, Director, Research Computing, Information Services & Technology (780-707-7335; scott.delinger@ualberta.ca) regarding project needs and coordination with Compute Canada, if necessary.
Did you know that not consulting with IST about your advanced research computing costs may result in unanticipated delays in the acquisition and installation of advanced research computing infrastructure?


Space Modification Costs

Does your project require space modifications (construction/renovation)?

  • Obtain confirmation from your Faculty of your research space.

Faculty Faculty Space Contact Email  Phone
Science Tobie Smith tobie.smith@ualberta.ca (780) 982-9615
Engineering Keith Franklin keith.franklin@ualberta.ca (780) 492-1486
FOMD Brian Reuter brian.reuter@ualberta.ca (780) 492-2305
Ren Resources Alex Drummond alex.drummond@ualberta.ca (780) 492-2056
AFNS Chris Kazala chris.kazala@ualberta.ca (780) 492-6731
Arts Laura Boisvert laura.boisvert@ualberta.ca (780) 492-0847
All other areas Alex Hatch alex.hatch@ualberta.ca (780) 248-1008

Did you know that not consulting with F&O about the space modifications that may be necessary for your project could result in the delayed placement of the project into the F&O work queue, increased associated costs, and completion at a later date than anticipated?


Why Do You Need to Do This?

Collecting this information will help you plan your project's budget cashflow requirements strategically and mitigate potential problems by allocating funds appropriately.

Inadequate budget forecast planning, including failure to consult with SMS, F&O and HR, can result in problematic budgetary situations that may negatively impact your project.