Objective and Scope
Our objective was to assess the adequacy of the Department of Health’s grant processes to award the $10 million grant to Pure North in December 2013, and the $4.2 million grant in October 2016. This review included examining the department’s processes around conflict of interest and determining whether those processes were followed.
We did not audit the rationale for awarding the grants, such as the medical merits of the program.
We concluded that the Department of Health did not follow its grant processes to award the 2013 grant to Pure North.
The department did follow its grant processes to award the 2016 grant to Pure North.
We also concluded that the department’s processes around conflict of interest need improvement.
Merwan Saher FCPA, FCA, Auditor General discusses the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta’s audit of Alberta Health’s Pure North Grants. He explains what we examined, what we found and why this is important to Albertans.