What Is the Standing Committee on Public Accounts?

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts is one of nine standing committees in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Each of these committees is composed of a small group of MPPs who examine selected matters in greater depth than is possible in sittings of the full Assembly. For more information about these committees, and for transcripts of their meetings, visit the Ontario Legislature’s website www.ola.org.

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What Does the Public Accounts Committee Do?

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts reviews and holds public hearings on selected sections of the Auditor General’s Annual Report. Representatives from the relevant ministries, agencies or organizations in the broader-public sector attend these hearings. It also examines Ontario’s Public Accounts and any special reports issued by the Auditor General. Issues of interest to the Committee include the economy and efficiency of government and broader-public-sector operations, and the effectiveness of government programs in achieving their objectives. Typically, the Committee meets weekly while the Assembly is in session. You can find a more detailed description of the Committee and its work in Chapter 6 of our 2016 Annual Report.

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How Does the Auditor General Interact With the Public Accounts Committee?

The Auditor General attends Committee meetings to answer questions about her audit reports and to help the Committee with its work. The Committee issues Reports and recommendations based on its examinations of the Auditor General’s Annual and Special Reports, and on the province’s Public Accounts. The Auditor General also includes a summary of the Committee’s work in her Annual Report. Under the Auditor General Act, the Committee may also ask the Auditor General to examine any matter about the Public Accounts, or undertake a special assignment on its behalf.

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Recent Reports From the Public Accounts Committee

In 2016, 2017 and 2018 the Committee issued reports on various Chapters of the Auditor General's 2014 Annual Report, 2015 Annual Report, 2016 Annual Report and 2017 Annual Report:

In 2015, the Committee issued reports on a number of value-for-money audits and follow-up audits in the Auditor General's 2014 Annual Report:

In 2015, the Committee also issued reports on the following value-for-money audits in the Auditor General’s 2013 Annual Report:

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Status Reports on the Special Audit of the Financial Statements of IESO

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Who Are the Members of the Public Accounts Committee?

The Committee is composed of a small group of MPPs, with each political party in the Assembly represented according to its representation in the Legislature. Current members of the Committee are:

  • Chair: Catherine Fife (New Democrat)
  • Vice-Chair: Peggy Sattler (New Democrat)
  • Goldie Ghamari (Progressive Conservative)
  • Jim McDonell (Progressive Conservative)
  • Norman Miller (Progressive Conservative)
  • Suze Morrison (New Democrat)
  • Michael Parsa (Progressive Conservative)
  • Kinga Surma (Progressive Conservative)
  • Daisy Wai (Progressive Conservative)


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