December 2017
Auditor General Releases Annual Report

2017-12-08 1:53:14 PM


Earlier this week the Auditor General released her 2017 annual report. This years report included 14 value-for-money audits covering a range of topics, from energy, to emergency management, cybersecurity, healthcare, and housing. Here are some of the relevant highlights for municipalities. 

The Auditor General reported that:

  • There is a significant backlog for appeals at the Ontario Municipal Board, with the average number of days to complete a minor variance at 227

  • The Assessment Review Board (ARB) takes too long to process property tax assessment appeals. According to the report there is an active case that dates to 1998, and 564 appeals that have been in progress for 8 or more years 

  • The province is not prepared for a serious emergency, such as a meltdown at one of the province's nuclear facilities, or a massive cyberattack (Emergency Management Ontario has not conducted a risk assessment since 2012, and the cabinet committee tasked with emergency management hasn't met in over five years) 

  • The emergency management branch of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services cannot provide "sufficient" support to municipalities when they respond to emergencies across the province 

  • The existing supply of social and affordable housing units falls far short of Ontario's needs and there are more people on wait lists for social housing than currently receiving social housing benefits 

Read the full report here


 


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