The Office has approximately 110 staff, with most of our staff holding or pursuing an accounting designation, be it Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
The Office's audit staff are divided into teams according to specializations, or portfolios. Each portfolio consists of related audit entities comprising government ministries, Crown agencies, and public-sector grant-recipient organizations. For instance, the staff responsible for auditing the justice ministries and regulatory programs for value for money also conduct the financial audits of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the Legal Aid Commission, and the Ontario Racing Commission. This approach fosters expertise in various areas of government and public-sector activity.
The portfolios, which are loosely based on the government's own organization into ministries, are each headed by a Director who oversees and is responsible for the ministry and agency audits within the assigned portfolio. There are currently seven portfolios:
We are organized in a way similar to a public accounting firm, in that our Portfolio Directors are assisted by a number of Managers, Supervisors, Auditors, and Audit Trainees (students working towards a CA, CGA, or CMA designation).
The Office is also supported by a small team of proficient staff who are well qualified to provide services and expertise in such areas as Administration, Communications, Human Resources, and Information Technology.