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.
Our leadership team has worked collaboratively on developing this plan – it’s not the voice of one or two people, it’s the voice of all of the leaders in our organization. But it is more than a plan, it’s our story of how we aim to be a leading workplace: one that is inclusive and engaged, putting people first and focusing on delivering our best work to the legislative assembly. The past year and a half has not been easy for our world. There have been many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there have been a lot of changes in response. Our office has not been immune to challenges and changes. It is our hope that this plan sets a foundation that we can build on for years to come.
This information report provides an update on phases 3 and 4 of Connecting British Columbia, a multi-year program that funds internet infrastructure in rural and remote areas of B.C. Some of the areas covered in the report include funding, connectivity progress, the response to COVID-19, and program challenges.