For many women and children living in unstable or violent situations, home is not a safe place. Transition housing provides safety and support, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, many providers had to reduce their capacity to enable physical distancing and help keep residents safe from COVID-19. In response, BC Housing leased additional safe spaces in hotels and motels across the province. Our audit examined BC Housing’s effectiveness when it provided additional safe spaces for women and children leaving violence during COVID-19.
The Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) provides oversight and support, while ministries have their own processes and controls to manage fraud risk. Our audit looked to see if the OCG had established an effective framework to manage the risk of fraud.
BC Housing purchased nine properties in Vancouver and Victoria in 2020 and 2021 to provide temporary housing to people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The properties represented a significant public investment – totalling $221 million – that had to be secured quickly during the emergency. This audit examined whether BC Housing’s property purchases followed relevant approvals, policies and procedures.