February 29, 2016 – Paul Dubé has been appointed the Ombudsman of Ontario, effective April 1, 2016. Part of his impressive credentials include a lengthy stint as the federal Taxpayers’ Ombudsman. FOCA welcomes Mr. Dubé to this important post.
May 19, 2015 – Ontarians rely on independent oversight as a means to double-check the facts, and performance, of our elected officials and the public agencies they direct. For all who are interested in sustainable communities, fair taxation, reasonable access to government services, and a clean environment – the oversight of the following groups providing third-party assurance is money well spent, in the name of ensuring the performance of our government agencies is effective, and our privacy, and our environment are protected:
The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman is a government office with an appointed independent officer of the provincial legislature in Ontario, Canada. Ontario’s ombudsman oversees and investigates public complaints about the government of Ontario, including more than 500 provincial government ministries, agencies, corporations, tribunals, boards and commissions. He may also launch investigations of his own accord or on his own motion.
The Office of the Auditor General is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly that conducts value-for-money and financial audits of the provincial government, its ministries and agencies. They also audit organizations in the broader public sector that receive provincial funding, such as hospitals, colleges and school boards, to help ensure that taxpayers receive value for their tax dollars.
Since January 1, 1988, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has acted independently of government to uphold and promote open government and the protection of personal privacy in Ontario.
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario is the province’s independent environmental watchdog. Appointed by the Legislative Assembly, the ECO is tasked with monitoring and reporting on compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights, and the government’s success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in achieving greater energy conservation in Ontario.
According to a May 17 Op Ed in the Ottawa Sun, the Ontario Liberals want to defang their watchdogs.
FOCA maintains relationships with these “watchdogs”, and remains committed to retaining their independent and important role, keeping government in check.