ARCHIVED - Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits


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Response to Parliamentary Committees

Third Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, entitled "Reforming First Nations Education: From Crisis to Hope" (tabled 10 May 2012)

Second Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts entitled "Chapter 4, Programs for First Nations on Reserves, of the 2011 Status Report of the Auditor General of Canada." (tabled 5 June 2012)

Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Chapter 3 – Federal Contaminated Sites and Their Impacts (Spring 2012)

The Office of the Auditor General examined how the federal government manages and reports actions taken to address the contaminated sites in its inventory, including the financial impact arising from environmental damage.

Chapter 2 – Financial Assurances for Environmental Risks (Fall 2012)

The Office of the Auditor General examined whether selected federal entities had appropriate systems in place for obtaining and managing financial assurances for environmental risks. The audit focused on the federal regulation of four sectors: mining (north of the 60th parallel), nuclear, offshore oil and gas, and marine transportation. Also examined were the liability limits established for nuclear facilities and oil spills from ships, as well as the liability regime for offshore oil and gas production, which includes both an absolute liability limit and an unlimited liability for parties at fault.

Petition no. 330 – Federal Environmental Assessment of a Highway Expansion Project in Ontario (January 2012)

The petitioner seeks clarification on how the federal government carried out an environmental assessment of the Highway 69 expansion project in Ontario. The petitioner is concerned that because the federal government was unable to make a decision regarding the environmental assessment of the project as a whole, it now plans to assess the impacts of the highway expansion as part of five separate projects. The petitioner asks the federal government to explain its policy for determining the scope of highway projects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

External audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Public Service Commission of Canada – N/A

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages – N/A



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