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Public servants may incur expenses for travel, meals and hospitality related to government business and can claim expense reimbursements and certain allowances. They have to follow government policies on these types of expenses, as well as policies on procurement cards and credit cards.

Objective and Scope

We established an annual rotational audit of departments’ systems for verifying that the expenses of the premier, ministers, associate ministers and their staff comply with policies and to support the Treasury Board Committee oversight process as described in our May 2017 report. This is the fourth year of our audit.

We follow a rotational approach, so that we audit each department once every three years. This year, we audited the systems at the following departments:

  • Advanced Education
  • Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women
  • Economic Development, Trade & Tourism (now ‘Jobs, Economy and Innovation’)
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Executive Council (Premier’s Office)
  • Health
  • Service Alberta


We conclude that all departments examined had effective processes, for the period from May 1, 2019, to November 15, 2019.