Planned Audits and Reports

Please Note – the following topics could change as could the timing of reporting. This is our best estimate at the current time for what will be reported.

Fall 2019



October 29 – Report


Our 2019 Financial Report will be presented to the House of Assembly in October 2019.  The three chapters will provide information on the following:

  1. Results of the financial audit work performed in the Office’s financial reporting portfolio;
  2. Nova Scotia’s financial condition;
  3. Status of prior year observations and recommendations, cyber security, and the use of purchasing cards within government.



December 10 Performance Report



QEII Redevelopment: Our work on the QEII redevelopment projects has been split into two phases. The first phase, included in our December report, will cover the procurement of key consultants and work done to date to ensure an appropriate governance structure is in place to support a successful project.  Work covering the decision to finance the project via a P3 model and on the development of the master plan will be reported in our spring 2020 report.


Red Tape Reduction: This audit will look at the work done by the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness to reduce regulatory and administrative burden for businesses in Nova Scotia.  We will consider how the Office measures its effectiveness and how well the business navigator process is working.



    December 10 Mid Mandate Report: What we’ve seen in our audits, who we are and what is next for the Office (new!)​


    At the midpoint of his 10-year term, Auditor General Michael Pickup offers MLAs, ministers, deputy ministers and Crown corporation/agency CEOs and board chairs as well as all Nova Scotians his reflections.  He will outline audit results, analysis and insights gained over the last 5 years.  He will also outline future work planned thus far.

    This report, a first for Nova Scotia, will show how the work of this Office helps the Legislature hold the government accountable for its management of public funds, and contributes to a better performing public sector for the benefit of all Nova Scotians.

    As part of the report, Mr. Pickup will outline and answer some of the key questions that auditees, MLAs, and Nova Scotians have raised with him.

    Winter 2020



    March 2020 – Follow-Up Report


    Our annual follow up report will continue to report on how many recommendations organizations have implemented but will be expanded this year.  In addition to reporting results from our 2016 and 2017 performance audits, we will also include any recommendations not yet implemented from 2015.  We are also asking organizations to provide a status update on all of our 2018 recommendations, as well as a short summary explaining why any recommendations from 2015, 2016 and 2017 have not yet been implemented.  We will publish the responses from the organizations as provided but we will not be conducting any formal work on them.

    Spring 2020



    May/June 2020 – Performance Audit Report



    Contaminated Sites: Following concerns identified in our financial statement work related to contaminated sites, we chose to undertake a performance audit in this area.  We will assess the current status of the recommendations we first made in 2010 and also look to see what the government is doing to identify and manage contaminated sites for which the provincial government is the responsible party.


    Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation​: This broad ranging audit covers a number of areas within the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.  We will consider how well they are meeting their role in promoting responsible drinking, assess the approach NSLC is taking to support the local beverage alcohol industry, look at their purchasing and promotion processes including inventory management, assess their capital planning processes, and finally look at how they manage agency store contracts.


    QEII – Phase 2: This part of our audit looking at the QEII redevelopment project will cover the processes and analysis used to decide on the use of a P3 model to finance the project as well as the processes used to prepare the master plan outlining what the new facility will include.

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