Media Advisory—Tabling of the 2017 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada

Media Advisory—Tabling of the 2017 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada—Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Ottawa, 17 October 2017—The 2017 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada, Michael Ferguson, will be tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday,  21 November 2017.

Media lock-up:

Journalists accredited by the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery are invited to attend the Office of the Auditor General of Canada’s media lock-up to be held Tuesday, 21 November 2017, from 6 am to 9:45 am (Eastern TimeET).

Please proceed to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada’sOAG’s security checkpoint on the main floor of 240 Sparks Street, West Tower. Please be prepared to present photo identification.

Paperless lock-ups

Thank you for supporting our efforts by bringing your Wi-Fi enabled laptop or tablet to the lock-up so that you can connect to our secure wireless network. Through this wireless network, you will be able to access an embargoed copy of our 2017 Fall Reports, videos and other related material, and the Office of the Auditor General of Canada website for background research. We will unlock the wireless network once the reports are tabled in the House of Commons so that you can file your articles without delay. Please note that very few paper copies of the reports will be on hand.

Journalists will be allowed to leave the media lock-up at 9:45 am, but they remain obligated to respect the embargo until the reports are tabled in the House of Commons, shortly after 10:00 am. Internet access will be available for filing stories once the reports have been tabled for the convenience of those journalists who prefer to remain at the lock-up.

News conference: 11:00 am–12:00 pm (ET) National Press Theater, 150 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Interviews: To book an interview, please call 1-888-761-5953.

The 2017 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada are as follows:

Report 1—Phoenix Pay Problems. We examined whether Public Services and Procurement Canada, working with selected departments and agencies, resolved pay problems in a sustainable way to ensure that federal government employees would receive their correct pay, on time.

Report 2—Call Centres—Canada Revenue Agency. We examined whether the Canada Revenue Agency’s call centres provided Canadian taxpayers with timely access to accurate information.

Report 3—Settlement Services for Syrian Refugees—Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. We examined whether Syrian refugees received selected settlement services funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that they needed to help them integrate into Canada. We also examined whether the Department measured the outcomes of its efforts to settle Syrian refugees.

Report 4—Oral Health Programs for First Nations and Inuit—Health Canada. We examined whether Health Canada had reasonable assurance that oral health programs for eligible Inuit and First Nations people had a positive effect on their oral health.

Report 5—Preparing Women Offenders for Release—Correctional Service Canada. We examined whether Correctional Service Canada delivered the appropriate correctional programs, interventions, and mental health services to women offenders in federal custody to support their successful reintegration.

Report 6—Royal Military College of Canada—National Defence. This audit focused on whether the Royal Military College of Canada produced the quality of officers that the Canadian Armed Forces needed at a reasonable cost.

Special Examination of Crown Corporations. A special examination is a form of performance audit that is conducted within Crown corporations. It considers whether a Crown corporation’s systems and practices provide reasonable assurance that its assets are safeguarded, its resources are managed economically and efficiently, and its operations are carried out effectively. When the special examination is complete, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada submits its report directly to the corporation’s board of directors.

Copies of our reports on the special examinations of the following Crown corporations will be included in our 2017 Fall reports: the National Capital Commission and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. These two special examination reports were issued to the corporations’ boards of directors in 2017.

The 2017 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada will be available on the Office of the Auditor General of Canada Website immediately following tabling.

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