International Activities

The Office of the Auditor General of Canada participates in international activities, organizations and events that impact on our work as legislative auditors.

By collaborating with international organizations and audit offices in other countries, the Office strengthens its legislative audit practice and contributes to the development of international auditing standards. The Office is also committed to meeting its international obligations by sharing its expertise with other international organizations involved in public sector accounting, auditing, and accountability activities.

The Office is active in the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), which is made up of audit institutions from member countries of the United Nations. Office representatives serve on a number of INTOSAI’s committees and working groups.

The Auditor General chairs INTOSAI’s Accounting and Reporting sub-committee. This sub-committee was established to study issues concerning public sector accounting and financial reporting.

The Office is actively involved in helping to build capacity in audit institutions located in French sub-Saharan Africa, in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and two executing agencies. We also provide training to auditors from other national audit offices as part of the International Audit Office Assistance Program for Improved Governance and Accountability of the Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation (CCAF-FCVI). This CIDA-funded program, which was established in 1980, brings auditors from other national audit offices to Canada for 10 months of training in performance auditing, accountability, and governance.

The Office also audits the International Labour Organization and serves on the United Nations Panel of External Auditors.