Federal government spending and lending for the second year of the pandemic, 2021-2022, totaled $76 billion, calculates the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) in Canada.
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Despite the prohibitive cost of the measures, this amount is much less than in 2020-2021: Canada has spent $299 billion on programs related to the impacts of COVID-19, such as Canada Health Benefit (PCU).
By comparison, pandemic-related spending from 2021 to 2222 made up 16% of federal program spending, compared to a whopping 49% in 2020-2021.
“Overall, the Office of the Auditor General is satisfied with the reliability of the financial statements of the audited organizations and has expressed an unmodified audit opinion on the Government of Canada’s consolidated financial statements for 2021-2022,” the minister explained. In a press release.
OAG also noted a decrease in payment errors related to defects in the Phoenix system.
Last year, 28% of federal employees received salaries due to a math error, while last year that amount rose to 47%.
As the bureau noted, “This result is an improvement; however, the high percentage of errors remains a concern.
However, the number of requests for intervention by employees has increased. By adding these requests to previous years’ requests, BVG has registered more than 100,000 requests for intervention, representing approximately $500 million in excess payments.
“The government should take action to recover overpayments of wages, salaries and allowances related to employment and act in a timely manner because due to legal limitation periods, some recovery mechanisms may not be provided to the government as part of the collection efforts.”
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