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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 to verify that the expenses of the premier, ministers, associate ministers and their staff comply with policies and to support the Treasury Board Committee oversight process. Under this rotational process we audit each department once every three years.

Our May 2017 report describes the new Treasury Board Committee oversight process of the premier’s, ministers’ and associate ministers’ travel, meal and hospitality expenses, and also includes the results from the first year of our rotational audit. This is the second year of our rotational audit, and includes the expenses for the offices of the ministers of Children’s Services, Community and Social Services, Indigenous Relations, Labour, Seniors and Housing, and Treasury Board and Finance.


Except for findings described on page 2 of our report related to the departments of Community and Social Services, Indigenous Relations, and Seniors and Housing, we conclude that the selected departments had effective systems.