Auditor General of Ontario

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The role of the Auditor General of Ontario is to aid accountability by conducting independent audits of provincial government operations. The office was created in 1869.


Auditor General is appointed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (formerly by the Governor in Council) for 10 year term. Removal of the Auditor General requires the approval by the Legislature.


The auditor's office was created in 1869.[1] Before 1886 the Auditor’s Office was an adjunct of Treasury Department.[2] Since the passage of the 1886 Audit Act then the office has evolved (after the 1950 Audit Act) into an independent provincial agency.[1] The office is located in Toronto, Ontario. With the passage of the 1978 Audit Act, the auditor general no longer submitted his findings to the provincial cabinet, but to the Speaker of the Legislature of Ontario (and thereby report back to the Legislature).

List of Auditors General of Ontario/Provincial Auditors[edit]

Most recent auditors general are chartered accountants by profession and early appointments did not necessarily have an accounting or audit background.[3]

  • William Cayley 1869–1878 - unofficial provincial auditor; lawyer and Inspector General of Accounts for Upper Canada
  • Charles Sproule 1878-1905 - first official provincial auditor; worked as a clerk and bookkeeper in the Audit Branch
  • James Clancy 1905-1920
  • Gordon Brown 1920-1938 - worked up the ranks of the office as an audit clerk
  • Harvey Cotnam BComm, CA 1938-1963 - first auditor with accounting background
  • George Spence BComm, CA, FCA 1963-1973
  • William Groom FCA 1973
  • Norman Scott FCA 1974-1981
  • Douglas Archer FCA 1982-1991
  • Jim Otterman, FCA 1992-1993
  • Erik Peters CA 1993-2003
  • Jim McCarter CA, MBA 2003-2013
  • Bonnie Lysyk, MBA, CPA, CA, LPA 2013-present


  1. ^ a b "Our History". Auditor General of Ontario. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Dutil, Patrice (2011). The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario. University of Toronto Press. p. 16. ISBN 9781442642546. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Charles Sproule, Provincial Auditor". Auditor General of Ontario. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 

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