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Appointed under the Auditor General Act, the Auditor General is an Officer of the Legislative Assembly and is the auditor of the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Province of Alberta and most provincial agencies, boards, commissions, and regulated funds.

In our financial statement and performance audit work, we issue recommendations to improve the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of programs and processes of those we audit.

The value of our work is fully realized when our recommendations are acted on. This is why we monitor the status and assess the implementation of our recommendations. This monitoring also assists the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in delivering on its work to review the reports of our office and the public accounts of the province.

Monitoring recommendations

We use older than three years (>3) as a performance measure for when we expect management to implement our recommendations. We update the three-year status at the beginning of each new fiscal year (April 1).

We further categorize the status of recommendations as either “Ready for Assessment” or “Not Ready for
Assessment” based on implementation plans provided to our office by management. These plans assert that:

  • the recommendation has been implemented and is ready for our assessment, or
  • the recommendation has yet to be implemented and is therefore not ready for our assessment

When we publicly report that a recommendation has been implemented, we also remove it from our
summary of recommendations list.

Summary of recommendations

The following table summarizes our current list of 102 recommendations not yet implemented. The list is organized by ministry and includes any recommendations made to entities that report to a ministry.

Select the links below to see the details of the outstanding recommendations to each ministry.

Ministry Total Recommendations Status of Recommendations
Ready for Assessment Not Ready for Assessment > 3 Years < 3 Years
Advanced Education 15 1 14 8 7
Affordability and Utilities 0 0 0 0 0
Agriculture and Irrigation 2 0 2 0 2
Arts, Culture and Status of Women 0 0 0 0 0
Children and Family Services 4 4 0 4 0
Education 3 3 0 3 0
Energy 10 0 10 0 10
Environment and Protected Areas 15 7 8 7 8
Forestry and Parks 4 0 4 4 0
Health 16 2 14 3 13
Immigration and Multiculturalism 0 0 0 0 0
Indigenous Relations 1 0 1 0 1
Infrastructure 4 0 4 0 4
Jobs Economy and Trade 3 0 3 0 3
Justice 0 0 0 0 0
Mental Health and Addiction 0 0 0 0 0
Municipal Affairs 1 1 0 1 0
Public Safety and Emergency Services 3 0 3 3 0
Seniors, Community and Social Services 6 1 5 3 3
Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction 0 0 0 0 0
Technology and Innovation 3 2 1 1 2
Tourism and Sport 0 0 0 0 0
Transportation and Economic Development 5 3 2 0 5
Treasury Board and Finance 7 6 1 7 0
Executive Council 0 0 0 0 0
Office of the Legislative Assembly and Offices of the Legislature 0 0 0 0 0
Total 102 30 72 44 58