2012 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada

Appendix—Report on the audit of the President of the Treasury Board’s Annual Report to Parliament on the Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports 2011

Tablings in Parliament for parent Crown corporations: Annual reports and summaries of corporate plans and budgets

Section 152 of the Financial Administration Act (the Act) requires the President of the Treasury Board to lay before each House of Parliament, a report on the timing of the tabling, by appropriate ministers, of annual reports and summaries of corporate plans and of budgets of Crown corporations. This report must be tabled by 31 December.

The Act requires the Auditor General of Canada to audit the accuracy of the President of the Treasury Board’s report on the timing of tabling and to present the results in his annual report to the House of Commons.

The President of the Treasury Board’s Annual Report to Parliament on the Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports 2011 was tabled on 9 December 2011.

At the time that our Fall 2011 report was going to print, we were unable to include the results of the above audit, since the President of the Treasury Board’s report had not yet been finalized. Our auditor’s report was subsequently appended to the President’s report and is reproduced in this report to Parliament.

Auditors’ Report

To the House of Commons:

As required by subsection 152(2) of the Financial Administration Act, I have audited, for the year ended 31 July 2011, the information contained in the Annual Report to Parliament on the Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports 2011. The information contained in the report is the responsibility of the President of the Treasury Board. My responsibility is to express an opinion on the information contained in the report based on my audit.

I conducted my audit in accordance with the standards for assurance engagements established by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Those standards require that I plan and perform an audit to obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the information contained in the report is free of significant misstatement. My audit included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the dates and other disclosures provided in the report.

In my opinion, the information contained in the Annual Report to Parliament on the Tabling of Crown Corporations’ Reports 2011 is accurate, in all significant respects, with the section “Deadlines for tabling in Parliament” contained within the report.

Lucie Cardinal, CA
Principal
for the Interim Auditor General of Canada

2 November 2011
Ottawa, Canada