Upcoming reports

Upcoming audits

Find topics and dates of upcoming reports to Parliament, Northern Legislative Assemblies, and Crown corporations. Click on the triangle for more information about these upcoming audits. Information is regularly posted / updated. Please note that audit topics and dates are subject to change.

Performance Audits of Government Services and Programs

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Anticipated publication: 2022
Emergency Management in First Nations Communities

Entities: Indigenous Services Canada

Context
Emergencies such as floods and forest fires are occurring with increased frequency and intensity throughout Canada. Natural disasters and severe weather events disproportionately affect First Nations communities because of their relative remoteness, location in flood and fire-prone areas, and socio-economic circumstances.

Emergencies also have significant health and economic impacts on the people affected ranging from lost economic and educational opportunities to community upheaval and psychosocial trauma. Once emergencies and evacuations are over, their effects continue to be felt by communities because it can take years for life to return to normal.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to determine whether Indigenous Services Canada provided the support First Nations communities needed to manage emergencies.

Homelessness

Cybersecurity of Personal Information in the Cloud

Entities: Communications Security Establishment, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Shared Services Canada, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Context
In 2016, the government published a cloud first adoption strategy that directed departments to first consider cloud as the preferred option for delivering information technology services. This strategy was updated in 2018 and it highlighted the benefit of security features provided by cloud service providers and implemented a shared responsibility model that relies on a number of parties working together to protect personal information in the Cloud.

Audit Objective
This audit seeks to determine whether Communications Security Establishment, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Shared Services Canada, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and selected departments have governance, guidance, and tools in place to protect, detect, and respond to cybersecurity events affecting personal information of Canadians in the Cloud.

This audit will also assess whether the federal government has met its commitments to the environment and sustainable development in how they procured cloud services.

COVID‑19 Vaccines

Entities: Health Canada, National Research Council, Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Context
The goal of Canada's COVID‑19 immunization response is to enable as many Canadians as possible to be immunized as quickly as possible against COVID‑19, while ensuring that high risk populations are prioritized. 

On behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Public Services and Procurement Canada was responsible for leading negotiations and finalizing agreements with suppliers of COVID‑19 vaccines. Health Canada needed to authorize the vaccines before they could be allocated and distributed by PHAC to the provinces and territories. Together, PHAC and Health Canada are responsible for monitoring the use of vaccines.

Audit Objective
This audit seeks to determine whether

  • Public Services and Procurement Canada provided adequate procurement support to secure vaccines;
  • Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada efficiently provided access to COVID‑19 vaccines; and,
  • the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada’s surveillance of the COVID‑19 vaccine was effective and timely

in order to lower the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID‑19 across Canada.

Protecting the North

Update on Previous Audits

Commentary on Financial Audits

The commentaries on financial audits are not audit reports. Instead, they highlight the results of the financial audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General in federal departments and government organizations during a fiscal year, and they provide a commentary stemming from this work.

Audit of Specific COVID‑19 Benefits

Entities: Canada Revenue Agency, Employment and Social Development Canada

Context
On 17 December 2021, An Act to provide further support in response to COVID‑19, also known as Bill C‑2, received Royal Assent. This Act serves to extend or create specific benefits and programs related to COVID‑19. This Act requires that the Auditor General of Canada complete a performance audit of certain COVID‑19 benefits and programs.

The COVID‑19 benefits covered by this audit are the following:

  • Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit,
  • Canada Recovery Benefit,
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit,
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit,
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit,
  • Employment Insurance Emergency Response Benefit, and
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to determine whether the Canada Revenue Agency and Employment and Social Development Canada, according to their roles and responsibilities, ensured that COVID‑19 benefit payments were accurate, paid to eligible applicants, and undertook timely procedures to recover payments made to ineligible recipients and/or of overpayment.

It also seeks to determine whether the Canada Revenue Agency and Employment and Social Development Canada managed the COVID‑19 programs efficiently and measured their administrative effectiveness. It will also examine whether programs’ objectives were achieved, and provided value-for-money outcomes.

Commentary on the Performance Audits of Crown Corporations

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Anticipated publication: 2023

Benefits Delivery Modernization

Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities

Follow-up Audit on Connectivity in Rural and Remote Areas

Combatting Cybercrime

Systemic Racism

Rehabilitation of the Parliamentary Precinct

Increasing Effectiveness of International Assistance

Antimicrobial resistance

Buying the Canadian Surface Combatant

Update on Past Audits

Housing for First Nations on Reserves

Processing Immigration Claims

Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Environmental and Sustainable Development Audits

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Anticipated publication: 2022
Radioactive Waste Management

Entities: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Natural Resources Canada

Context
Canada has committed to the management of radioactive waste in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Radioactive waste is a by‑product generated from a variety of activities, including nuclear reactor operations and research, facility decommissioning, and remediation of contaminated sites.

Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited are the federal entities responsible for the management of low and intermediate level radioactive waste, which collectively constitute more than 99% of Canada’s total radioactive waste inventory.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to determine whether Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited have adequately managed low and intermediate level radioactive waste in a sustainable manner.

Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies

Environmental Petitions Annual Report

Context
Environmental petitions are a unique way for Canadian residents or representatives of a Canadian corporation to bring their concerns and questions about environmental issues related to sustainable development to the attention of the federal ministers, with a guaranteed response.

The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development administers environmental petitions on behalf of the Auditor General of Canada.

Protecting Aquatic Species at Risk

Entities: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Context
Aquatic species play an important role in the health of aquatic ecosystems, in Canada’s social and economic prosperity, and in the livelihoods of many Canadians. Many aquatic species are at risk (special concern, threatened, endangered, or locally extinct) and their populations continue to decline. There is a possibility that their status could worsen to ultimately become extinct if they are not adequately protected.

Audit Objective
This audit seeks to determine whether Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in collaboration with others, protected selected aquatic species assessed as at risk.

Review of the 2021 Progress Report and the Draft 2022–2026 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

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Anticipated publication: 2023

Use of Discretionary Powers to Protect Species at Risk

Climate-Related Financial Risks

Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Nature Based Climate Solutions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Follow-up Audit on the Recovery of Species at Risk

Audits of Northern Territories

Yukon

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Anticipated publication: 2023

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Northwest Territories

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Anticipated publication: 2023

Stanton Territorial Hospital Renewal Project

Nunavut

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Anticipated publication: 2022

Child and Family Services

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Anticipated publication: 2023

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Audits of Crown Corporations

Crown Corporations
Anticipated publication: 2022

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Crown Corporations
Anticipated publication: 2023

Royal Canadian Mint

Canadian Museum of History

Laurentian Pilotage Authority