Making a difference in the lives of Albertans.
Identifying opportunities to improve the performance of and confidence in the public service.
We are committed to our mission, and to achieving our vision. We use our values to guide us in our internal and external relationships:
TRUST. We earn it with everything we say and do. We are accountable for our actions.
RESPECT. Everyone has the right to be heard and deserves to be treated with dignity and courtesy.
DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT. We encourage open minds, innovative thinking and constructive challenge.
TEAMWORK. With integrity, we work together to generate better solutions.
GROWTH. We view individual success as professional growth together with a fulfilling personal life. We value both.
WHO WE ARE
We are an office of 150 people mandated by the Auditor General Act to examine and report publicly on the government of Alberta’s management of the public resources entrusted to it.
WHAT WE DO
We are the auditors of every ministry, department, regulated fund and most provincial agencies. We audit so that we can report on how well the government is managing its responsibilities and the province's resources. We provide independent assurance to the people of Alberta that public money is spent properly and provides value.
WHO WE SERVE
We report directly to the 87 Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly, and through them, the more than four million people who call Alberta home.
WHO WE AUDIT
HOW WE DO IT
We look at government through the lens of Albertans and apply our professional expertise to provide conclusions on whether the province's financial statements are presented fairly and are free of material errors, misstatements or omissions. Through performance auditing we also examine whether the management control systems and processes of government are working as well as they could. We provide recommendations for improvement aimed at helping the government succeed in delivering what it has set out to do for the people of Alberta.
Our independence from those we audit ensures our work is objective—based on facts, not preconceived opinions. The independence requirement is symbolized through the appointment of the auditor general by the Legislative Assembly and our liaison with the assembly through the all-party Standing Committee on Legislative Offices. A primary element of the relationship is the assembly’s prerogative to authorize financing of the office’s operations.
Our business practices are designed to ensure that our staff remain free of any association that could potentially impair their objectivity.
How We Work
The office leadership team’s four interrelated areas of focus are strategy, people, results and learning. Through governance, oversight and accountability for results in these focus areas, the leadership team requires our audits to be:
RELEVANT. Our work must be relevant to the Legislative Assembly and Albertans.
RELIABLE. The Legislative Assembly and Albertans must be able to count on our work.
REASONABLE COST. We must manage costs in producing relevant and reliable reports. Optimizing the congruence (i.e., the degree of balance) among these three, sometimes competing, objectives helps focus our planning, operational and evaluation decisions. Managing our risks through these objectives contributes to maintaining the credibility of our office within government and with Albertans.