Auditor General’s Report

Bonnie Lysyk releases her annual report, focusing on 15 value-for-money audits

Not mincing words when it comes to the previous Liberal Government.

The Auditor General, in her annual report, says social assistance costs ballooned but the system failed to help recipients become self-reliant.

Bonnie Lysyk notes the number of Ontario Works cases has increased by almost 25% since 2009, hiking costs up more than 55% to nearly $3 billion; At the same time, Lysyk says the program only helped 10 to 13% of recipients find work in the last five years.

More findings

  • Previous Minister of Transportation improperly interfered with the selection of two GO Transit train stations
  • The Liberals spent $62.5 million on advertising last year, 30% of which would not have been approved under more stringent rules that previously existed
  • The government could save money by hiring full-time IT staff instead of relying on consultants for long-term contracts
  • Metrolinx incurred over $400 million in sunk and additional costs between 2009 and 2018 due to transit-planning problems
  • Waterfront Toronto had $49 million in spending on cancelled projects

“Spending of public monies didn’t consistently result in the cost-effective achievement of anticipated program benefits, or the proactive addressing of program risks,”

Interim Liberal leader John Fraser said he was worried the auditor’s report would be used by the Tories to justify cuts.

The governing Tories have put an end to a longtime dispute with the auditor general over accounting methods for two pension plans and the Fair Hydro Plan, saying the province would adopt Lysyk’s approach.