Responses to parliamentary committees and external audits


Responses to Parliamentary Committees

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) made five appearances before two parliamentary committees in 2016-17.

On April 19, 2016, ACOA’s Vice-President of Finance and Corporate Services, Denise Frenette, appeared before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) to provide an overview of ACOA’s strategic efforts to help build a competitive economy in Atlantic Canada. She was accompanied by ACOA’s Director General of Enterprise Development, Janice Nishikawa. Ms. Frenette indicated that the Agency plays an important role in developing and implementing a broad suite of policies and programs aimed at helping the Atlantic region realize its full economic potential in terms of innovation, growth, productivity and competitiveness. She pointed to ACOA’s direct, proactive engagement with communities and businesses in the region and to the Agency’s nimble and flexible approach, which allows it to respond swiftly to economic changes and emerging opportunities. She reported that the Agency is successful, noting that the business survival rate of ACOA-assisted firms is 9% higher than that of unassisted firms. She added that each dollar invested directly into businesses through ACOA from 2008 to 2013 resulted in over $5.40 in gains to Atlantic Canada’s gross domestic product.

Officials from each of Canada’s six regional economic development agencies appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance on September 20, 21 and 22, 2016. These officials appeared before the committee to speak about regional economic development agency operations within each province and territory in Canada. ACOA officials who appeared included regional vice-presidents Kent Estabrooks (New Brunswick), Patrick Dorsey (Prince Edward Island), Peter Hogan (Nova Scotia) and Ken Martin (Newfoundland and Labrador). These ACOA officials explained how the Agency is helping Atlantic Canada reach its economic potential through operations in each region. They focused on examples from their respective offices that demonstrate how ACOA is reaching its mandate. Each vice-president also provided some higher-level context on corporate operations that benefit Atlantic Canada as a whole.

Responses to Audits Conducted by the Auditor General (including the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

There were no audits in 2016-17 requiring a response.

Response to Audits Conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

There were no audits in 2016-17 requiring a response.

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