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In May 2017 we performed a followup audit and concluded that the department had implemented one recommendation, but repeated two recommendations because the department was still working on implementing needed improvements to how it administered and monitored the program.

Since 2017, the department has taken several steps to improve its processes to review and approve complex applications, and to monitor compliance with the grant agreement. It has worked with participating First Nations to provide additional training and guidance on program requirements, maintaining regular ongoing communication, and completing some additional improvements to the program.

Based on our examination of these recent improvements, we conclude that the recommendations have been implemented.