2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada

The 2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada is expected to be tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 30 April 2013.

Media lock-up:

6:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. (ET)
Office of the Auditor General of Canada, 240 Sparks Street, Ottawa
(for journalists accredited by the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery only).

When you arrive, please go to the OAG’s desk on the main floor and someone from the OAG will greet you. Please bring a photo ID.

Journalists must respect the media embargo until the report is tabled in the House of Commons shortly after 10:00 a.m. However, journalists will be allowed to leave the media lock-up at 9:45 a.m. Internet access will be available for filing stories once the report has been tabled.

News conference:

11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. (ET)
National Press Theater, 150 Wellington Street, Ottawa


To book an interview, please call 613-952-0213 extension 6292.

The following is a brief description of the chapters contained in the Report:

Chapter 1—Status Report on Evaluating the Effectiveness of Programs. The audit looked at whether Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat have made satisfactory progress in implementing our 2009 audit recommendations related to evaluation. It also looked at how the departments responded to the expanded requirements of the 2009 Policy on Evaluation.

Chapter 2—Status Report on Security in Contracting. The audit examined whether five federal organizations have made satisfactory progress on issues related to security in contracting that we reported in 2007. The focus was on the policies and processes in place to safeguard classified information and assets in these organizations as well as two other security agencies that were not included in the 2007 audit—Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Communications Security Establishment Canada.

Chapter 3—Status Report on Collecting Tax Debts––Canada Revenue Agency. The audit examined whether the Agency has made satisfactory progress in implementing the action plan it developed to address recommendations from our 2006 report. We focussed on recommendations directed at the more important weaknesses we had identified.

Chapter 4—Official Development Assistance through Multilateral Organizations. The audit examined spending on Official Development Assistance, including how the government has followed the requirements of the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act and how it ensures that spending through multilateral organizations reflect Canadian development priorities. We did not audit the multilateral organizations that receive funds.

Chapter 5—Promoting Diabetes Prevention and Control. The audit examined how the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research have implemented and coordinated with their partners activities to prevent and control diabetes.

Chapter 6—Creating a Historical Record of Indian Residential Schools. The audit examined whether Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, with support from  Library and Archives Canada has taken adequate steps to provide the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with all relevant documents about the residential school system and its legacy. We also examined whether the Commission has taken adequate steps to receive and protect those documents for the historical record and to establish a National Research Centre.

Chapter 7—Federal Search and Rescue Activities. The audit examined whether federal organizations adequately oversee search and rescue activities, are ready to respond to search and rescue incidents, and have implemented prevention activities to reduce their number and severity. Organizations examined included National Defence and the Canadian Forces, the Canadian Coast Guard, and Transport Canada.

Chapter 8—Spending on the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism Initiative. The audit examined whether the monitoring and reporting of funds spent for the 2001 Public Security and Anti-Terrorism Initiative was accurate, and whether programs were consistent with the Initiative’s objectives.  It also examined how the Treasury Board Secretariat monitored results and reported to the Treasury Board on its analyses of the data submitted by departments.

Chapter 9—Employment Insurance Overpayments—Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.  The audit examined the activities that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada undertakes to make informed decisions about where and how to invest its resources to minimize the loss associated with overpayments of Employment Insurance income benefits.

Chapter 10—Advance Funding––P3 Canada Fund. The audit examined whether there is a net financing cost to the government related to the provision of funding for the P3 Canada Fund in advance of disbursement needs. The Fund is administered by PPP Canada Inc. to provide funding for infrastructure projects undertaken by public-private partnerships (P3s).

Chapter 11—Special Examinations of Crown Corporations. The chapter presents the main points of special examination reports of Crown corporations that have been issued to the corporations’ boards of directors since our Spring 2012 Report.