Audit and Oversight
A proper audit function is considered a best practice and helps to reduce business risks by ensuring ongoing compliance with policies, procedures, and the safeguarding of assets. An audit function also enhances accountability and transparency.
On September 23, 2019, by Council Resolution CR 485/2019, City Council approved the establishment of an Independent Auditor General with direct reporting to the Corporate Services Standing Committee of City Council. The approval adopted a fully outsourced Auditor General's Office and appointed a designated person as the Auditor General being Christopher O'Connor.
Outsourced Internal Audit
As part of the City's efforts to promote greater independence, openness, transparency and accountability of the audit function, Council authorized the outsourcing of the internal audit function. Internal audit supports both Council and administration in achieving their goals, strategic objectives and legislated responsibilities. Internal audit is responsible for assisting Council in holding itself and its administrators accountable for the quality of stewardship over public funds and for achievement of value for money in municipal operations. Internal Audit personnel, and their efforts/hours, will be directed by the Auditor General.
Annual External Audit
Section 296 of the Municipal Act requires that all municipalities undertake an annual audit of their accounts and that the external auditor express an opinion on the financial statements based on the audit. The external auditor for the City of Windsor is the firm of KPMG LLP, Chartered Accountants (KPMG).
For general information, call 311.
The Concerned Citizen/Concerned Employee Hotline is also available.