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Auditor General (By-law No. 2021-5)

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Auditor General (By-law No. 2021-5)

A by-law of the City of Ottawa to establish the position and duties of Auditor General of the City of Ottawa, including statutory powers, and to repeal By-law No. 2013-375, as amended.

The Council of the City of Ottawa enacts as follows:

Section 1 - Definitions

In this by-law,

“Auditor General” means the Auditor General of the City of Ottawa.

Section 2 - Establishment of the Position of Auditor General

The position of Auditor General for the City of Ottawa is hereby established for the purposes of Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, with the statutory duties and functions as set out in Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, and in this by-law.

Section 3 - Appointment of Auditor General

  1. City Council shall by public resolution appoint a person to the position of Auditor General for a non-renewable term to be determined by Council, and shall specify the terms and conditions of such appointment.
  2. Recruitment, appointment and contract administration for the Auditor General shall be conducted in accordance for the Statutory Officer Recruitment, Appointment and Contract Administration Policy and Procedures.
  3. The appointment of a person to the position of Auditor General may be made, suspended or revoked only by a two-thirds majority vote of all members of City Council.
  4. The Auditor General must be designated in Ontario as a chartered professional accountant (formerly known as chartered accountant, a certified general accountant, or a certified management accountant).

Sections 4 and 5 - Accountability

Section 4

The Auditor General is independent of the City administration.

Section 5

The Auditor General shall report to City Council, or to a Committee of Council as may be directed by City Council.

Sections 6 and 7 - Responsibilities

Section 6 - Audits

  1. Subject to and in accordance with the provisions of this By-law, the Auditor General shall be responsible for assisting City Council in holding itself and its administrators accountable for the quality of stewardship over public funds and for the achievement of value for money in municipal operations.
  2. Despite subsection (1), the responsibilities of the Auditor General shall not include the matters described in clauses 296(1)(a) and (b) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended.
  3. The Auditor General shall be responsible for carrying out financial (excluding attest), compliance, and performance audits of:
    1. all programs, activities and functions of all City departments and agencies, and of the offices of the Mayor and Members of Council;
    2. local boards of the City as defined in Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended;
    3. municipally-controlled corporations as defined in the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, and as may be further prescribed in Schedule “A” to this by-law;
    4. grant recipients as defined in Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended; and,
    5. any other agencies, boards, commissions and corporations as Council may from time to time create or identify.
  4. At the request of Council or a board of directors, the Auditor General may conduct financial (excluding attest), compliance and performance audits of autonomous organizations that have an agreement with the City that contains provisions for an audit by the City.
  5. The audit work plan shall be approved by Council. Approved audits shall be conducted shall be conducted at such time and to the extent that the Auditor General considers appropriate, and the Auditor General shall establish such protocols and procedures that are necessary for the conduct of such audits, consistent with the Institute of Internal Auditors' (IIA) International Standards for the Professional Practice of Auditing and changes to these standards from time to time, except requirements applicable to consulting services.
  6. The Auditor General shall not call into question or review the merits of the policies and objectives of Council.

Section 7 - Investigations of fraud, misappropriation and other similar irregularities and waste

The Auditor General shall be responsible for the administration of the Fraud and Waste Hotline relating to any suspected acts of fraud or waste in accordance with the Fraud and Waste Policy as approved by City Council, and the Auditor General shall establish such protocols and procedures that are necessary for the conduct of such investigations.

Section 8 - Duty to Furnish Information

In accordance with subsection 223.20(1) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, the City, the local boards, the municipally-controlled corporations referred to in Schedule “A”, and the grant recipients shall give the Auditor General such information regarding their powers, duties, activities, organization financial transaction and methods of business as the Auditor General believes to be necessary to conduct his or her duties under this by-law.

Section 9 - Access to Information

In accordance with subsection 223.20(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, the Auditor General is entitled to have free access to all books, accounts, financial records, electronic data processing records, reports, files and all other papers, things, or property belonging to, or used by the City, a local board, a municipally-controlled corporation referred to in Schedule “A”, or a grant-recipient, as the case may be, that the Auditor General believes to be necessary to perform his or her duties under this by-law.

Section 10 - No Waiver of Privilege

A disclosure to the Auditor General under Sections 8 or 9 does not constitute a waiver of solicitor-client privilege, litigation privilege, or settlement privilege.

Section 11 - Annual Audit Plan

  1. In each year subsequent to the year of appointment, the Auditor General shall submit an annual audit plan for the next following year to City Council by December 31st of each year.
  2. The Auditor General may, at his or her discretion, prepare a longer term audit plan for submission to City Council.
  3. No deletions or amendments to the annual audit plan shall be made except by the Auditor General.
  4. Despite subsection (3), the Auditor General may, if requested by City Council or a board of directors, audit and report on additional matters.

Section 12 - Reporting

  1. No later than December 31st of the next year following the tabling of the audit plan prescribed in subsection 11(1), the Auditor General shall provide to City Council a Notice of Tabling of the Annual Report, except in an election year when timelines for the Auditor General’s Annual Report will be determined by the Auditor General, in consultation with the Mayor and the Chair of the Audit Committee, and may be tabled after December 31st of the next year following the tabling of the audit plan.
  2. The Auditor General may, as directed by Council or at his or her discretion, report on a more frequent basis to City Council or any Committee thereof.

Section 13 - Office of the Auditor General

  1. The Auditor General is authorized to establish an Office of the Auditor General including a managerial hierarchy and administrative policies and procedures.
  2. The Auditor General is authorized to appoint, promote, demote, suspend and dismiss, subject to any applicable personnel policies adopted by Council, all employees of the Office of the Auditor General.
  3. The Auditor General is authorized to review the performance of personnel within the Office of the Auditor General subject to any personnel policies applicable to the employees of the City.
  4. The Auditor General is authorized to retain the services of any individual or corporation for the purposes related to the operation of the Office of the Auditor General and to execute all agreements and contracts required for the provision of such services subject to the provisions of the City’s Procurement By-law.

Section 14 - Annual Budget

  1. The annual budget of the Office of the Auditor General shall be in accordance with the budget strategy for the Term of Council.
  2. Requests by City Council or a board of directors pursuant to subsection 11(4) shall be subject to the provision of appropriate funding.

Section 15 - Duty of Confidentiality

The Auditor General and any person acting under his or her instructions shall be subject to the duty of confidentiality provided in Section 223.22 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended.

Section 16 - Immunity from Testimony

Neither the Auditor General nor any person acting under the instructions of the Auditor General is a competent or compellable witness in a civil proceeding in connection with anything done under Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, or of this by-law.

Section 17 - Repeal

By-law Number 2013-375, as amended, of the City of Ottawa entitled “A by-law of the City of Ottawa to establish the position and duties of the Auditor General of the City of Ottawa, including statutory powers, and to repeal By-law No. 2009-323", as amended, is repealed.

Enacted and passed this 27th day of January 2021. 

Auditor General (By-law No. 2021-5)

SCHEDULE “A”

Municipally-Controlled Corporations

  1. Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc./Société de Portefeuille d’Hydro Ottawa Inc.
  2. Ottawa Community Housing Corporation/La Société de Logement Communautaire d’Ottawa