This is a report on the achievement of the goals, objectives, and performance measures set out in our annual service plan. It highlights achievements and summarizes the independent assurance and trusted information we provided to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. It also includes our annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Our financial statements and annual report are audited by an independent auditor, and their two audit reports are included.
This service plan is driven by a renewed emphasis on corporate planning. Our office will align our service plans more directly with the Auditor General Act and the Performance Reporting Principles for the B.C. Public Service. This new plan shows how our objectives are more balanced with our priorities and activities. We have selected performance measures that are more directly linked to our performance and offer better long-term, comparative value. As you will see in this service plan, we are taking important and necessary steps that will contribute to the environment of inclusivity and engagement that defines our organization. Most of all, these measures will greatly assist our talented and dedicated community of employees to excel in the work they do for the Legislative Assembly and the people in British Columbia.
This plan is our annual plan for auditing the financial statements of more than 140 public-sector organizations included as part of the massive audit of government’s summary financial statements. It includes central government, Crown corporations, universities, colleges, school districts, health authorities and similar entities controlled by or accountable to the provincial government. The Financial Statement Audit Coverage Plan outlines which public-sector organizations will be audited directly by the auditor general’s office and which ones will be audited by private-sector firms.
Our leadership team has worked collaboratively on developing this plan – it’s not the voice of one or two people, it’s the voice of all of the leaders in our organization. But it is more than a plan, it’s our story of how we aim to be a leading workplace: one that is inclusive and engaged, putting people first and focusing on delivering our best work to the legislative assembly. The past year and a half has not been easy for our world. There have been many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there have been a lot of changes in response. Our office has not been immune to challenges and changes. It is our hope that this plan sets a foundation that we can build on for years to come.
The 2020/21 annual report and accompanying financial statements provide an overview of our performance and financial position over the last year, as well as a look at our current goals and priorities.
This report outlines the status of audits that have changed due to unforeseen circumstances. Updates include the audit of BC Hydro’s Site C dam project, as well as audits of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, substance use services, mental health services wait times, and management of hazardous materials spills, among others.
Each year, the office produces two coverage plans—the Financial Statement Audit Coverage Plan and the Performance Audit Coverage Plan—which together, summarize our future work plans. This plan—the Performance Audit Coverage Plan—details the 17 performance audits we are currently working on and the 20 audits we intend to start between now and March 31, 2023.