After 15 years of the previous government's fiscal mismanagement, Ontario's Government continues to keep its promise of achieving value for every taxpayer dollar spent. On Tuesday, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced the launch of the new Audit and Accountability Committee.
This new sub-committee of the Treasury Board will direct internal audit services to priority areas and embed more scrutiny and discipline at earlier stages in the fiscal process. The sub-committee will direct resources to support strong fiscal management throughout the Ontario government by driving special audits through the province's ministries, agencies and transfer payment partners. In addition, the committee will support ministries in their respective duties. Above all, it will be able to focus the $32.4 million the government spends on auditing to priority areas.
"We are committed to ensuring value for money and taking appropriate action to stop fiscal mismanagement in its tracks," said Bethlenfalvy. "The Audit and Accountability Committee is designed to meet our fiduciary responsibilities. It will also reinforce the valued work of the Auditor General, while identifying areas where taxpayer's money is being squandered. It provides a new level of accountability that will ensure Ontarians are receiving the best value for their money."
When informed about this new Committee, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk stated, "I am encouraged to hear that one of the responsibilities of the Audit and Accountability Committee will be to monitor the timely implementation of the recommendations made by my Office, resulting from our value-for-money and other audit work."
The Auditor General recently exposed a significant lack of oversight and soft-on-compliance approaches that became customary under the previous government, including:
• Ontario Works saw an inadequate review of files by caseworkers, increasing the risk of errors. As well, 76 per cent of the $730 million in outstanding overpayments relate to people who are no longer receiving Ontario Works.
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