For many women and children living in unstable or violent situations, home is not a safe place. Transition housing provides safety and support, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, many providers had to reduce their capacity to enable physical distancing and help keep residents safe from COVID-19. In response, BC Housing leased additional safe spaces in hotels and motels across the province. Our audit examined BC Housing’s effectiveness when it provided additional safe spaces for women and children leaving violence during COVID-19.
The Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) provides oversight and support, while ministries have their own processes and controls to manage fraud risk. Our audit looked to see if the OCG had established an effective framework to manage the risk of fraud.
BC Housing purchased nine properties in Vancouver and Victoria in 2020 and 2021 to provide temporary housing to people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The properties represented a significant public investment – totalling $221 million – that had to be secured quickly during the emergency. This audit examined whether BC Housing’s property purchases followed relevant approvals, policies and procedures.
This audit examined whether the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure ensured the delivery of interim bus services between communities in northern B.C. and whether the ministry had a plan to develop a long-term ground transportation services in the region.
We surveyed 140 organizations - including ministries, Crown corporations, post-secondary institutions, school districts, and health authorities - to learn more about their fraud risk management practices. This is the most extensive fraud risk management survey ever done on the B.C. public sector. See our Fraud Risk Management Survey Report for key findings and our recommendations.
At the end of every fiscal year, the B.C. government combines the financial information from over 160 entities within its control and produces a consolidated set of summary financial statements. The information in these statements is important because it indicates the financial well-being of the province. Our office audits these statements and provides our audit opinion. In this report we take you behind the scenes of the audit to share some interesting matters we worked on.
This audit examined whether the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has effectively overseen the safety of dams in B.C. The ministry's oversight involves promoting, verifying, and enforcing dam owners' compliance with regulatory requirements. The report covers the ministry’s oversight of the safety of 1,900 regulated dams; dams that are being built, such as Site C, were not included in the audit.