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Audit and Evaluation Directorates:

The Internal Audit Division:

The Internal Audit Division provides the Deputy Minister and senior management with objective and independent evidence-based information and advice that contributes to sound risk management, control and governance.  The division conducts its work in accordance with the Treasury Board Policy on Internal Audit and the Institute of Internal Auditors International Professional Practice Framework.  The roles and responsibilities of the internal audit function are described in more detail in the Internal Audit Charter.  The division also liaise with the Office of the Auditor General, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and other reporting agents of Parliament who conduct external audits involving the department.  In the course of those audits, the division provides advice and assistance to departmental managers, coordinates departmental responses and prepares briefing materials for the Deputy Minister and the Minister.

Reports are produced and available for review in Audit and Evaluation Reports.

The Evaluation Division:

The Evaluation Division ensures that departmental management receives timely, strategically focused, objective and evidence-based information on the effectiveness and efficiency of departmental policies, programs and initiatives.  Other activities include: providing expert advice and advisory services in the area of evaluation; reviewing departmental program Performance Measurement strategies and Performance Measurement and Evaluation Plans for departmental regulatory initiatives to ensure that the performance measurement activities will support evaluation and that the evaluation strategies are appropriate; and reviewing Treasury Board submissions and Memoranda to Cabinet to ensure evaluation commitments are sound.  The Division conducts its work in accordance with the Treasury Board Policy on Evaluation.  The roles and responsibilities of the evaluation function are described in more detail in the Environment Canada Evaluation Policy.

Reports are produced, submitted to the Departmental Evaluation Committee for approval and available for review in Audit and Evaluation Reports.

The Strategic Planning and Coordination Division:

The Strategic Planning and Coordination (SPC) division is responsible for the risk-based audit and evaluation planning, budgeting, reporting and SPC Quality Assurance, to ensure that the departmental Audit and Evaluation plans, reports and activities contribute to the Department’s and the government’s priorities for the use of audit and evaluation as keys to strengthening public service governance, accountability and transparency. The division also provides strategic and secretariat support to the External Audit Advisory Committee and the Departmental Evaluation Committee and assists departmental managers in responding to environmental petitions received from the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development.  The coordination of other Audit and Evaluation Branch corporate functions such as input to the Report on Plans and Priorities, Departmental Performance Report, Corporate Risk Profile, Management and Accountability Framework and human resources planning is also centralized in SPC.