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Clerk: Maxime Fortin - (613) 698-0935

Administrative Assistant: Brigitte Martineau - (613) 720-9930

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Email: aovs@sen.parl.gc.ca

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Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight
The Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1A 0A4


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About the Committee

INTRODUCTION TO THE STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AUDIT AND OVERSIGHT

MANDATE

The Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight (AOVS) was created in October 2020 based on the principles of integrity, independence, transparency and accountability, which were determined to be essential to fulfilling its mandate to provide oversight and to report on the Senate’s spending.

The committee is authorized, on its own initiative, to exercise the review, monitoring and inquiry function of the Senate’s financial operations. More specifically, it is responsible for the following:

COMPOSITION

Following the tabling of the Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the Senate of Canada - Senators' Expenses in the Senate on June 9, 2015, CIBA mandated its Subcommittee on the Senate Estimates (SEBS) to review the recommendations in the Auditor General's report. 

Following its review, SEBS presented its Fifth report to CIBA and concluded that the creation of a standing committee under the Rules to oversee all Senate expenditures would be the best option.  In its 21st report to the Senate presented on November 28, 2017, CIBA recommended that the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament (RPRD) develop and propose amendments to the Rules to establish the general mandate for a Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight. 

RPRD considered several issues and as a result, on November 29, 2018, it presented its 10th report proposing amendments to the Rules to create a Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight. However, the report was not adopted by the Senate prior to the dissolution of Parliament on September 11, 2019. 

On October 1, 2020, the Senate adopted a motion to amend the Rules to create the Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight. 

The Senate appointed the first three Senate members of the committee on November 5, 2020, and the committee held its first meeting on November 25, 2020. On June 8, 2021, the Senate named one additional senator and two external members to the committee, for the remainder of the session.

In June 2021, the committee presented its Fourth Report which proposed two recommendations to establish an Intersessional Authority on Audit and Oversight, following the end of the 2nd session of the 43rd Parliament. The report proposed an interim measure to allow the Senate’s audit and oversight work to continue in order for the committee to be able to meet periodically to monitor the financial operations of the Senate at regular intervals throughout the fiscal year, without being interrupted by a dissolution or prorogation.

On June 2, 2022, the committee tabled its Third Report which, pursuant to its mandate, includes its annual report to the Senate, covering the period from its inception to March 31, 2022. The committee also presented its Fourth Report, which included a Senate Audit and Oversight Charter, which sets out the governance, administrative practices and responsibilities of the committee. The charter came into effect on June 23, 2022, along with consequential changes to the Rules and the Senate Administrative Rules, including an independent budget process for AOVS, as detailed in the committee’s Sixth Report.

BACKGROUND

Following the tabling of the Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the Senate of Canada - Senators' Expenses in the Senate on June 9, 2015, the Committee on Internal Economy mandated its Subcommittee on Estimates (SEBS) to review the recommendations in the Auditor General's report. 

Following its review, SEBS presented its Fifth report to the Committee on Internal Economy and concluded that the creation of a standing committee under the Rules to oversee all Senate expenditures would be the best option.  In its 21st report to the Senate presented on October 26, 2017, the Committee on Internal Economy recommended that the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures, and Rights of Parliament (the Rules Committee) develop and propose amendments to the Rules to establish the general mandate for a Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight. 

The Rules Committee considered several issues and as a result, on November 29, 2018, it presented its 10th report proposing amendments to the Rules to create a Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight. However, the report was not adopted by the Senate prior to the dissolution of Parliament on September 11, 2019. 

On October 1, 2020, the Senate adopted a motion to amend the Rules to create the Standing Senate Committee on Audit and Oversight. 

The Senate appointed the first three Senate members of the committee on November 5, 2020, and the committee held its first meeting on November 25, 2020. On June 8, 2021, the Senate named one additional senator and two external members to the committee, for the remainder of the session.

In June 2021, the committee presented its Fourth Report which proposed two recommendations to establish an Intersessional Authority on Audit and Oversight, following the end of the 2nd session of the 43rd Parliament. The report proposed an interim measure to allow the Senate’s audit and oversight work to continue in order of the committee be able to meet periodically to monitor the financial operations of the Senate at regular intervals throughout the fiscal year, without being interrupted by a dissolution or prorogation.

CURRENT WORK

Detailed information on current work of the committee can be found on the AOVS website at https://sencanada.ca/en/committees/aovs/.

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