Working With the Public Accounts Committee

Dating back to 1888, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts – also known as the Public Accounts Committee, or PAC – is one of Saskatchewan’s oldest committees. It was first created by the Assembly of the Northwest Territories, and was recreated in Saskatchewan in 1906 at the time of the First Legislature sitting.

PAC is the audit committee for the Legislative Assembly. Its primary responsibility is to scrutinize the Government of Saskatchewan’s fiscal management, administration, and handling of public assets.

The Provincial Auditor Act links the Office of the Provincial Auditor to PAC. PAC works with the Provincial Auditor to carry out PAC’s mandate.

The Nature of Our Relationship

What we do for PAC

As per The Provincial Auditor Act, we:

  • Attend PAC meetings, and help set the agenda for the review of our reports and the public accounts
  • Consider special assignments at PAC’s request

To assist with PAC meetings, we:

  • Report to PAC any outstanding recommendations from previous reports
  • Track our recommendations that have been approved by PAC

What PAC does for us

As per The Provincial Auditor Act, PAC:

  • Reviews and reports on the observations, opinions, and recommendations of our reports and the Public Accounts
  • Reviews and approves the budgetary estimates of the Office of the Provincial Auditor
  • Considers and reports any bills related to the Provincial Auditor
  • Conducts a competition for the position of the Provincial Auditor and unanimously recommends to the Legislative Assembly an individual for appointment
  • Recommends names of individuals for appointment to the Audit Committee under The Provincial Auditor Act