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Office of the Auditor General

The Auditor General of Nova Scotia is an officer of the House of Assembly, non-partisan and independent of government. The Auditor General is appointed by, and reports to, the House. He derives his mandate, authority and responsibilities from the Auditor General Act.

The Auditor General's mandate includes issuing opinions on government financial reports and conducting performance and information technology audits on public sector operations. Opinions are provided annually on the government's consolidated financial statements, on the revenue estimates included in the government's budget, and on the financial statements of certain other public sector entities. Performance and information technology audits may examine and report on:

  • the effectiveness of governance frameworks, including risk management, ethics and organizational direction;
  • effectiveness, efficiency and economy of programs and processes;
  • adequacy of controls;
  • compliance with legislation, regulations and policy; and
  • stewardship of government resources.

By exercising these responsibilities, the Auditor General helps the House of Assembly hold the government to account for its management of public funds, and contributes to a well-performing public sector.

The Auditor General is Michael Pickup.

For more information, visit the website of the Office of the Auditor General of Nova Scotia:


1888 Brunswick Street,
Suite 302
Halifax NS
B3J 3J8

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