Organization Profile - Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

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Minister Responsible

Minister of Finance

Appointment Provisions

Auditor General Act
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/A-17/page-2.html#h-3

The Governor in Council shall, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint an Auditor General of Canada after consultation with the leader of every recognized party in the Senate and House of Commons and approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons. The Auditor General holds office during good behaviour for a term of ten years, but the Auditor General may be removed for cause by the Governor in Council on address of the Senate and House of Commons. Once having served as Auditor General, a person is not eligible for re-appointment to that office.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Auditor General or if that office is vacant, the Governor in Council may appoint any qualified auditor to hold that office in the interim for a term not exceeding six months, and that person shall, while holding office, be paid the salary or other remuneration and expenses that may be fixed by the Governor in Council.

The Auditor General is an agent of Parliament. The Minister of Finance has been designated as the appropriate Minister for the purposes of the Financial Administration Act.

Eligibility/Conflicts

Must be able to speak and understand clearly both official languages at the time of his or her appointment.

(Language Skills Act - http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/L-6.2/index.html)

Consultation

The Governor in Council shall, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint an Auditor General of Canada after consultation with the leader of every recognized party in the Senate and House of Commons and approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Auditor General
Ferguson, Michael
Hanwell, New Brunswick
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
Salary equal to a puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Canada.
2011-11-28
2021-11-27