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Auditor General of Canada

The role of the Auditor General of Canada is to aid accountability by conducting independent audits of federal government operations. The Auditor General reports to the House of Commons of Canada, not to the government. These audits provide members of Parliament with objective information to help them examine the government's activities and hold it to account.

Auditor General of Canada
Sylvain Ricard

since March 29, 2019
Government of Canada
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
AppointerGovernor General of Canada upon resolution of the House of Commons and Senate
Term length10 years during good behaviour, non-renewable
Salary$334,500/year (Equal to that of a Puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Canada)[1][2]

The current interim Auditor General of Canada is Sylvain Ricard. He, having been previously the Deputy Auditor General, was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 29, 2019 to serve until a permanent replacement was selected.[3]


Auditors General are appointed by the Governor General in Council (cabinet) on address of the House of Commons and Senate for a non-renewable term of ten years. An Auditor General may only be removed for cause by the Governor in Council with the approval of both the House of Commons and Senate.

On November 4, 2011, the Prime Minister appointed Michael Ferguson, former Auditor General of the province of New Brunswick, as Auditor General of Canada, effective November 28, 2011.

The Office of the Auditor General of Canada was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc. five years in a row (2008-2012), and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine.[4]

The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, was created by Parliament in 1995 as an aide to the AGC, and has offices within the precinct of the AGC. The Commissioner is empowered under the 1995 amendments to the Auditor-General Act to receive " petitions on environmental and sustainable development matters and [to] require ministers to respond to them."[5] The petition process requires the Ministry to respond in 120 days, although the process may be delayed by litigation.[5]


The role of Auditor General was introduced in 1878 and prior to the creation it was the Head of the Audit Board (1867-1878).

In 1971, the Auditor General's Office hosted VII INCOSAI, the seventh triennial convention of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions.[6]

List of Auditors General of CanadaEdit

Auditor General Appointed Departed
John Langton 1867 1878
John Lorn McDougall 1878 1905
John Fraser 1905 1919
Edward Davenport Sutherland 1919 1923
Georges Gonthier 1924 1939
Robert Watson Sellar 1940 1959
Andrew Maxwell Henderson 1960 1973
James J. Macdonell 1973 1980
Michael H. Rayner (acting) 1980 1981
Kenneth M. Dye 1981 1991
Denis Desautels 1991 2001
Sheila Fraser 2001 2011
John Wiersema (interim) 2011 2011
Michael Ferguson 2011 2019

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Organization Profile - Office of the Auditor General of Canada".
  2. ^ "Supreme Court of Canada - Questions and Answers". Supreme Court of Canada. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  3. ^ Office, Prime Minister's. "Prime Minister appoints interim Auditor General of Canada". Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  4. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition".
  5. ^ a b Backgrounder on powers of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
  6. ^ INTOSAI: 50 Years (1953-2003). Vienna: International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions. 2004. p. 51.

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