Special Examination Reports
Special examination reports are important tools for the Canada Council: they help us understand what we are doing well and identify areas where we can improve.
In accordance with the Financial Administration Act, the Canada Council is required to have the Office of the Auditor General of Canada conduct an examination at least once every ten years. These special examinations are a form of performance audit, after which the Auditor General provides an opinion on the management of the Crown corporation as a whole.
The Canada Council for the Arts received special examination reports in both 2008 and 2018.
The Council’s 2018 Special Examination Report
The Canada Council underwent a special examination between November 1st, 2016 and October 31st, 2017. This means the examination took place while the Council was undergoing a momentous change as it prepared to launch its new funding model. This special examination report’s findings affirm the Council is a well-managed organization able to effectively fulfill its mandate.
At the same time, the report also identifies areas of improvement. The Council developed measures to respond to the recommendations under the leadership of the former Director and CEO, Simon Brault, with the full support of the Council’s Board.