Planned Reports

Planned Reports

Planned Reports

Find topics and dates of upcoming reports to Parliament, Northern Legislative Assemblies, and Crown corporations. Please note that audit topics and dates are subject to change.

The Office of the Auditor General of CanadaOAG continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have changed the timing of our planned audit work to minimize our impact on audited organizations and government as a whole, including those in the northern territories. As a result, many of the reports planned for 2020 have been moved to 2021.

In addition, Parliament has asked the Auditor General to audit the Investing in Canada planspecial warrants, and the Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will add information about this audit work to this page as it becomes available.

We will also continue to assess our planned work on the basis of priorities and resources, in light of the impact of COVID-19. We will update this page as decisions are made, so please check back often.

Reports to Parliament

Auditor General of Canada

Winter 2020/Spring 2021

Investing in Canada Plan

Pandemic preparedness and response

Providing medical supplies and personnel to Indigenous communities

Drinking water in Indigenous communities

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Temporary Foreign Farm Workers

Purchasing and Distributing Personal Protective Equipment and Medical Devices

Spring/Summer 2021
Procurement of Information Technology Solutions

Entities: Employment and Social Development Canada; Public Services and Procurement Canada; Shared Services Canada; Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Context
The Canadian federal government is a major buyer of information technology (IT) goods and services. In 2018–19, the federal government bought $22 billion of goods and services, approximately $2.8 billion of which was IT purchased by Public Services and Procurement Canada and Shared Services Canada. There are currently over 20 large IT procurements underway in the federal government. The total value of these contracts is approximately $6.6 billion.

Procurements in support of major IT projects is inherently complex due to changes in technology, ambitious timelines for delivery, changes in business needs, and a lack of skilled resources. Several large government IT procurements have gone over budget, taken more time than anticipated, not delivered on expected outcomes or all three.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether selected departments plan and carry out procurements for complex IT solutions that support the achievement of business outcomes and the government’s commitment to promote fairness, openness, and transparency in the process.

Follow-up on Rail Safety

Entities: Transport Canada

Context
Canada has a large and well-developed railway network, with more than 41,000 kilometres of tracks across the country. Canadian railways transport more than 84 million passengers and more than $310 billion worth of goods across the country each year.

Safety risks are inherent to all modes of transportation, and rail transportation is no exception.

This audit is a follow-up on recommendations from our 2013 audit report on the oversight of rail safety.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether Transport Canada has implemented selected recommendations from our 2013 audit report on the oversight of rail safety regarding the department’s oversight of the safe transportation of people and goods.

National Shipbuilding Strategy

Entities: Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; National Defence; Public Services and Procurement Canada

Context
The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) was established to create a Canadian shipbuilding industry to renew federal fleets including building large vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. By the time the NSS was launched, several ships in service with the federal government were already at or beyond their expected service life.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether National Defence; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Public Services and Procurement Canada; and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada managed the National Shipbuilding Strategy in a manner that supported timely renewal of the federal large vessel fleet.

Canada Child Benefit

Entities: Canada Revenue Agency

Context
The government of Canada provides financial help to certain families to raise their children.

Introduced in 2016, the Canada Child Benefit program provides eligible families a tax-free monthly payment based on income. This program replaced these different benefits—the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement, and the Universal Child Care Benefit. As of July 2018, the maximum benefit amounts and phase-out thresholds of the Canada Child Benefit were indexed to inflation.

This program is considered an important public policy tool to reduce poverty and inequalities.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether the Canada Revenue Agency ensured that benefit recipients of the Canada Child Benefit program are eligible and that payments are made in a timely and accurate manner.

Fall 2021

Protecting Canada’s Food Supply


Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Fall 2020
Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Entities: Transport Canada; Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board)

This audit will be a follow-up on selected recommendations from our 2011 audit on the Transportation of Dangerous Products (archived) and our 2015 audit on the Oversight of Federally Regulated Pipelines.

Context
Dangerous goods are chemicals that when spilled or released have the potential to harm the health of Canadians or the environment. These goods play a key part in Canada’s economy and society. Dangerous goods are transported throughout Canada by rail, road, ship, air, and pipeline. Examples of dangerous goods are explosives, toxic gases, flammable liquids and solids, infectious substances, radioactive materials, and corrosive chemicals.

Incidents involving dangerous goods can happen via any mode of transport. Both Transport Canada and the Canada Energy Regulator aim to prevent spills and releases of dangerous goods by monitoring and enforcing industry compliance with legislation and standards.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether Transport Canada and the Canada Energy Regulator implemented our 2011 and 2015 recommendations regarding their compliance and enforcement responsibilities to ensure that dangerous goods are transported safely.

Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies

Entities: Agriculture and Agri‑Food Canada; Crown‑Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada; Environment and Climate Change Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Health Canada; Indigenous Services Canada; National Defence; Natural Resources Canada; Parks Canada; Public Safety Canada; Public Services and Procurement Canada; Transport Canada

Context
The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development has a duty under the Auditor General Act to monitor and report on progress made by federal departments and agencies that are subject to the Federal Sustainable Development Act. The Commissioner monitors and reports on the extent to which these organizations have contributed to meeting the targets in the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and how well these organizations have met the objectives and implemented the plans in their departmental strategies.

Review objective
This review will focus on whether federal departments and agencies contributed to the goal of safe and healthy communities in the 2016–2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

Safe and healthy healthy communities means improving air quality, protecting Canadians from harmful substances, and preventing environmental emergencies or mitigating their impacts. Our assessment of their contributions will be based on their own departmental strategy and progress reporting.

Environmental Petitions Annual Report

The purpose of this annual report is to inform Parliament and Canadians about the number, nature, and status of petitions and responses received between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020, as required by section 23 of the Auditor General Act. This report is not an audit.

Spring/Summer 2021
Natural Health Products

Entity: Health Canada

Context
Natural Health Products (NHPs) were regulated in 2004 to balance consumer’s freedom of choice for lower-risk care products with the assurance of consumer safety. To be authorized, NHPs must be safe to be used as over-the-counter products. Health Canada regulates NHP so that Canadians can have confidence that the products they use are safe, effective and of high quality.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether Health Canada ensured that natural health products offered to Canadians are safe and accurately represented based on appropriate evidence.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Entities: Department of Finance; Employment and Social Development Canada; Privy Council Office; Statistics Canada; Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat; Women and Gender Equality

Context
In 2015, 193 member states of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly unanimously adopted Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda), which contains 17 goals for achieving social, economic and environmental sustainable development on the planet. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to, for example, eradicate poverty, promote gender equality, foster economic growth, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.

Canada, along with all other countries, agreed to implement the 2030 Agenda by adopting policies and implementing concrete actions in the pursuit of the SDGs domestically, taking into consideration its national priorities and circumstances; and to provide means of implementation to help developing countries achieving their own social, economic and environmental sustainable development.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether ESDC and selected organizations:

  1. Were implementing a national approach for achieving the 2030 Agenda; and
  2. Made progress towards selected national targets that result in more inclusive and sustainable outcomes for Canadians
Water Basins

Entities: Environment and Climate Change Canada; Agriculture and Agri‑Food Canada

Context
Harmful and nuisance algae naturally occur in bodies of water and high levels of nutrients in the water can cause these harmful organisms to reproduce more quickly than normal.

Nutrients enter bodies of water from a variety of sources, including agricultural activities—agricultural runoff of nutrients is the most significant contributor to excess nutrients in many bodies of water. In addition to this, climate change is predicted to increase temperatures and precipitation rates, which could increase the risk of more frequent and intense harmful algal blooms in the future.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether Environment and Climate Change Canada and Agriculture and Agri‑Food Canada took a coordinated and risk-based approach to reduce the impact of excess nutrients on ecosystems in selected Canadian bodies of water.


Reports to Northern Legislative Assemblies

Yukon

Spring 2021
Mental Health Services in Rural Communities

Entity: Department of Health and Social Services

Context
Communities outside of Whitehorse are geographically remote and distinctly challenged in accessing health and social services that are more readily available in Whitehorse or outside of Yukon. The rural areas also have a slightly higher Indigenous population who suffer higher rates of mental health conditions.

The Department of Health and Social Services created four hubs, located in rural communities, to improve services to rural Yukoners by expanding the bundle of services offered, increasing the availability of services, and increasing capacity to deliver services closer to home.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether the Department of Health and Social Services provided Yukoners living in rural areas with mental health services that met their needs.

Nunavut

2021
Follow-up on Corrections

Entity: Department of Justice

Context
In 2015, we released a performance audit on corrections in Nunavut. This audit focused on whether the Nunavut Department of Justice was meeting its key responsibilities for inmates within the corrections system.

The audit concluded that the Department of Justice did not adequately plan for and operate facilities to house inmates, and did not adequately manage inmates in compliance with key rehabilitation and reintegration requirements. A total of 17 recommendations were made, all of which were agreed to by the Department.

Audit objective
This audit will focus on whether the Department of Justice has made satisfactory progress on selected recommendations made in the 2015 Corrections in Nunavut audit.


Reports to Crown Corporations

2021

Canadian Race Relations Foundation