Effective April 1, 2019, the Office of the Auditor General (Office) became responsible for examining and publicly reporting on matters related to the province’s environmental stewardship and sustainable practices. This work will be carried out in the context of the professional auditing standards that guide all the work of the Office. Adherence to those standards ensures the work and public reports of the Office are independent and objective.
This expanded responsibility entrusted to the Auditor General, includes the authority to appoint a Commissioner of the Environment (Commissioner) to assist the Auditor General in fulfilling her responsibilities.
The mandate of the Commissioner involves making observations and recommendations, reporting on any matter stemming from the Office’s audits or investigations on environmental issues and commenting on implementation, procedures and other means used by the government regarding the environment. As an Assistant Auditor General, and a member of the Office’s senior management team, the Commissioner will lead audits of the government’s compliance with Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights and audits of the government’s and the broader public sector’s management of environmental and sustainable development plans and programs. This may include reporting on progress on activities to promote energy conservation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Office is seeking a leader with strong experience and in-depth technical knowledge of environmental stewardship and sustainable development. Experience in conducting environmental audits or program evaluations would be highly valuable. Comfortable liaising with multiple internal and external stakeholders, you bring an understanding of how government works, including its organizational structure, management, laws, regulations and policies. Here is an opportunity to make a difference by developing evidence-based recommendations to strengthen Ontario’s environmental stewardship and sustainable development processes and to help the Legislative Assembly hold the government, its administrators, government agencies and Crown-controlled corporations accountable for their management of environmental and sustainable development plans and programs.