What We Do

Our Vision

A valued and independent legislative audit office advancing excellence and inspiring confidence in public sector performance

Our Mission

We promote accountability and better management by providing Legislators and the public with an independent assessment of the government’s use of public resources

How we carry out our mission

To fulfill our mission, we provide independent assurance (audit reports) and advice on the Government’s management of and accountability practices for the public resources entrusted to it. We:

  • Inform the Legislative Assembly about:
    • The reliability of the Government’s financial and operational information
    • The Government’s compliance with legislative authorities
    • The adequacy of the Government’s management of public resources
  • Encourage discussion and debate about public sector management and accountability issues
  • Help the Standing Committees on Public Accounts and Crown and Central Agencies
  • Develop professionals for public service
  • Support and adhere to the accounting and assurance standards recommended by The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

The Provincial Auditor Act creates an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly called the Provincial Auditor. The Act gives the Provincial Auditor the responsibility to audit all government agencies and report her findings to the Legislative Assembly.

What We Do

The Legislative Assembly is the governing body. The Executive Government receives its powers and resources from the Legislative Assembly. Therefore, the Executive Government is accountable to the Assembly for the Government’s use of its powers and the resources entrusted to it. The Executive Government carries out this responsibility through a complex structure. This structure consists of more than 250 organizations including ministries, boards, commissions, Crown agencies, and Crown corporations.

The Office of the Provincial Auditor helps the Legislative Assembly hold the Government accountable for how it manages public resources. Our Office examines the Government’s management of public resources and reports our findings to the Assembly. Our examinations focus on the Government as a whole, on sectors or programs of government, and on individual government organizations.

We examine these organizations directly or work with other auditors appointed by the Government. Our findings are reported directly to the Legislative Assembly through our annual and special reports. Also, our findings are sometimes reported through special reports at the request of the Standing Committees on Public Accounts or Crown & Central Agencies. Our reports are located under Publications on our website.

Our Office assists the all-party Standing Committees on Public Accounts and Crown & Central Agencies to review our reports, the public accounts, and other reports. We also encourage discussion and debate on public sector management and accountability issues.