B.C.’s COVID-19 Response: Destination Development Grants
In 2020, B.C.’s tourism sector was devastated by COVID-19-related closures and nearly two-thirds of people working in the industry lost their jobs. In response, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport quickly designed and launched the $41.4-million Destination Development grant program, supporting 106 tourism-related projects across the province. We looked at whether the ministry administered the grants according to government transfer payment policy and program guidelines.
Fraud Risk and Financial Statements: B.C. Public Sector, Part 2
Public sector organizations need a strong fraud risk management framework to safeguard public dollars against potential losses due to fraud. In B.C., government ministries are expected to follow a common approach to fraud detection, prevention and response, with oversight by the Office of the Comptroller General. We sent a questionnaire to 22 ministries to understand how they perceive and manage the risk of fraud.
Governance of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for the Public Service
The Public Service Agency (PSA) supports human resources for 35,000 provincial government workers and is currently leading a strategy to ensure the public service is inclusive and diverse. We looked at whether the PSA had established strong governance to ensure that the strategy can achieve its goals.
Fraud Risk and Financial Statements: B.C. Public Sector, Part 1
We sent a questionnaire to 23 Crown organizations, post-secondary institutions, school districts, health authorities and associations, to understand how they perceive and manage the risk of fraud. This information will help our auditors plan our annual audit of the Province’s summary financial statements — the largest financial statement audit in B.C.
B.C.'s COVID-19 Response: Monitoring Vaccination Coverage
This audit looked at the Ministry of Health’s monitoring of COVID-19 vaccination coverage, which helped guide the vaccine campaign rollout and inform decisions on public health measures, such as mask mandates and limits on gatherings.
Mental Health and Substance Use Services for Indigenous People in B.C. Correctional Centres
While Indigenous men and women make up only six per cent of the provincial population, they make up about 33 per cent of people in custody. About 90 per cent of Indigenous people in the correctional system have a mental health and/or substance use diagnosis. The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is responsible for providing health care in B.C. correctional centres, including mental health and substance use services. Our audit found that the PHSA provided inconsistent access to mental health and substance use services to Indigenous men and women in B.C. correctional centres. We made four recommendations for improvement.
Financial Statement Audit Coverage Plan for financial statement fiscal years ending in 2024, 2025, and 2026
The Financial Statement Audit Coverage Plan outlines how the Office of the Auditor General determines which government reporting entities’ financial statements will be audited by the office directly and which entities will be audited by private accounting firms. As required by the Auditor General Act, the coverage plan includes the next three fiscal years and is prepared for the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts for their review and approval.