The Auditor General examines and reports on how well the government accounts for the resources entrusted to it, and how well it manages its operations. This is achieved by conducting objective, fact-based audits, which are provided to the Legislative Assembly.
Supported by a staff of more than 55 individuals, the Auditor General serves the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, and in turn all Manitobans.
The Office of the Auditor General of Manitoba acknowledges with respect that we conduct our work on the ancestral lands of Anishinaabeg, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate, Denesuline and Nehethowuk Nations, and on the National Homeland of the Red River Métis. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of Reconciliation and collaboration.
The Auditor General Act
The Auditor General Act establishes the Auditor General as an officer of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, to provide the Assembly with independent information, advice and assurance.
Appointed for a 10-year term, the Auditor General can only be removed by a vote of two-thirds of the Assembly.
The Auditor General Act outlines the Auditor General’s responsibilities and authorities to conduct and report on:
Section 2(2) of the Auditor General Act states: Nothing in this Act is to be interpreted as entitling the Auditor General to question the merits of policy objectives of government.
Independence from government
Above all else, the Auditor General and all staff members must be, and be perceived to be, independent from government and the government organizations we audit.
The Office’s independence from government helps ensure we can manage our mandate effectively. It enables us to examine, without interference or conflict, any key issues or areas of concern. It keeps the Office from being influenced by political or other external pressures that may deter us from conducting certain audits. It also makes it possible for us to report what we find and what we believe are fair conclusions, even if the government or government organization disagrees with our conclusions or recommendations. This is a great responsibility that is fundamental to our role in helping the Legislative Assembly hold the government accountable.