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: 2024
Canada Summer Jobs

Entity: Employment and Social Development Canada

Context
Many young Canadians face barriers and challenges to enter the labour market. Statistics Canada data shows that as of June 2023, the unemployment rate for youth (ages 15 to 24), is 11.5%, which is more than double that of the adult population.

The Canada Summer Jobs Program has been in place since 1997. It is delivered by the Department of Employment and Social Development under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to determine whether Employment and Social Development Canada provided wage subsidies to qualified employers that resulted in youth gaining work experience, including those facing barriers.

Digital Identity

Entity: Employment and Social Development Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Shared Services Canada, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Context
Canadians increasingly rely on digital technology to connect with each other, to work, and to access services. The federal government is planning to put in place a national approach to digital identity so that Canadians can access government services and other services across the economy securely and seamlessly, anytime, anywhere and on any device.

A digital identity is a digital equivalent of physical identification documents, such as a passport, a driver’s licence, a health card, and university diploma, which Canadians would use to access services to which they are entitled.

Audit objective
The audit seeks to determine whether Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, with the support of Shared Services Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, and in consultation with other departments, is effectively planning a national approach to digital identity that will provide Canadians with digital identification to seamlessly and securely access government and other services.

Programs to Assist Seniors

Industrial and Technological Benefits

Canada Emergency Business Account

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Anticipated publication: 2025

Culture Change in National Defence

Establishing a New Fiscal Relationship With First Nations

Network Cybersecurity

Aerospace Threats

Real Property Management

Registration of First Nations Persons

Canadian Forces Recruitment

Follow-up on Specific COVID-19 Benefits

Dental Benefit

Follow-up on Indigenous Matters

Environmental and Sustainable Development Audits

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Anticipated publication: 2024
Critical Minerals

Entities: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Natural Resources Canada

Context
Canada has identified 31 minerals as “critical minerals” and has prioritized 6 of them for their distinct potential to spur Canadian economic growth. These are considered essential minerals for the transition to cleaner energy technologies, such as batteries for electric vehicles or renewable energy generation from wind turbines or solar panels.

The Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy focuses on strengthening critical mineral value chains and supporting mining activities and projects.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to determine whether:

  • Natural Resources Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada developed an appropriate governance and reporting structure to implement the Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy in a manner that protects the environment and supports indigenous communities by identifying risks and mitigating effects
  • Natural Resources Canada delivered on initial actions in support of the Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy under the Critical Minerals Geoscience and Data Initiative
Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategy—Clean Energy

Entities: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, Natural Resources Canada

Context
The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy is the federal government’s primary vehicle for sustainable development, planning and reporting. In 2015, Canada also adopted the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The federal strategy supports the 2030 Agenda and its goals.

For this year’s audit, the team will focus on whether a selection of organizations have contributed to the targets under the Clean Energy goal in the 2019–2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to determine whether the selected federal organizations

  • contributed to meeting the clean power generation and energy efficiency targets under the Clean Energy goal in the 2019–2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy
  • reported on their results towards achieving related targets 7.2 (to increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix) and 7.3 (to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency) under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), as applicable to each organization
Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act

Entities: Canada Infrastructure Bank, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Infrastructure Canada, National Research Council Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Privy Council Office, Transport Canada

Context
The Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, which came into force on 29 June 2021, focuses on promoting transparency and accountability in the federal government’s efforts to ensure that Canada achieves net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

In March 2022, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change published the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, which details mitigation measures. This is the first plan under the act.

The act requires the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to report on the government’s implementation of mitigation measures. Our first report was tabled in November 2023, and we will continue to report annually.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to determine whether selected federal entities have made progress toward effectively implementing selected measures to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and whether Environment and Climate Change Canada has reported on progress in a transparent manner.

Capacity to Assess and Reassess Species at Risk

Entities: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Context
Under the Species at Risk Act, species status assessments are completed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Environment and Climate Change Canada provides the committee with the assistance it needs to carry out its functions. Species status assessments are the first step in the process for protecting and recovering species at risk of extinction or extirpation from Canada.

In recent years, the backlog of species for the committee to reassess has grown. Without reassessments, Canadians may not know whether recovery efforts are working to recover species at risk of extinction.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to determine whether Environment and Climate Change Canada met requirements so that status assessments and timely reassessments for species at risk were completed.

Environmental Petitions Annual Report

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Anticipated publication: 2025

Critical Habitat for Species at Risk

Oceans Management

Climate Change Adaptation

Terrestrial Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas

Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategy

Net-Zero Accountability

Audits of Northern Territories

Yukon

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Anticipated publication: 2024
Yukon Contracting and Procurement

Entities: Department of Highways and Public Works

Context
The Government of Yukon considers procurement to be an important tool to help it deliver programs and services to Yukon residents.

In 2020, the Department of Highways and Public Works introduced an electronic system for managing bids and tenders. In February 2021, it updated the Government of Yukon’s procurement policy to include a new “Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy” section. Its goal is to enhance the economic outcomes of Yukon First Nations citizens and businesses. Collectively, both updates introduced significant changes in the way procurement and contracting activities occur within the Government of Yukon.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to examine whether Government of Yukon organizations created a competitive procurement environment and made procurement and contracting decisions that resulted in value for money for Yukoners.

Northwest Territories

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Anticipated publication: 2024
Stanton Territorial Hospital Renewal Project

Entities: Department of Finance, Department of Infrastructure, Department of Health and Social Services, Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority

Context
Located in Yellowknife, the Stanton Territorial Hospital is the largest hospital in the Northwest Territories, serving patients from all regions of the Northwest Territories and the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut.

In 2014, the Government of the Northwest Territories approved the procurement of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Renewal Project under a public-private partnership to expand and improve the original Stanton Territorial Hospital to meet the current and future health care needs of residents of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Audit objective
This audit seeks to determine whether the departments of Finance, Infrastructure, and Health and Social Services and the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority delivered on their responsibilities and commitments for the Stanton Territorial Hospital Renewal Project, including whether this project provided good value for money for the government and residents of the Northwest Territories.

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Anticipated publication: 2025

Protected and Conservation Areas

Nunavut

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Anticipated publication: 2024

Child and Family Services

Audits of Crown Corporations

Crown Corporations
Anticipated publication: 2024

Pacific Pilotage Authority

Destination Canada

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

Via Rail