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Internal audit reports

Internal audit is an independent and objective assurance function which helps promote the City's efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability.

The audit process establishes and maintains a practical internal control system to achieve business objectives and manage risk exposures. An independent audit function is essential to government accountability.

How the City's internal audit process works

At the City of Vancouver, a team of five certified internal audit professionals is dedicated to completing a variety of audits focused on effectiveness, efficiency, and economy.

To ensure independence and objectivity, the internal audit division reports to the internal audit management team consisting of the city manager, deputy city manager, director of finance, and director of legal services. Their goal is to facilitate management in establishing a practical level of internal controls to meet business objectives.

Types of internal audits

The City conducts internal audits and consulting work in a number of areas:

  • Financial audit - Assurance that financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with the financial reporting framework
  • Performance audit - An examination of the efficiency and effectiveness of programs
  • Advisory Services – Provides assistance to City departments on policies, procedures and internal control issues

Internal audit schedule

In January and July of each year, follow-up of open audit recommendations are conducted for all audit reports issued. The objective is to determine the extent to which audit recommendations have been implemented and whether any significant internal control weaknesses remain outstanding.

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Audits released in 2018

Release date Audit document
April 23, 2018 VPL Software Licence Audit pdf icon (159 KB)
April 23, 2018 Software Licence Audit pdf icon (145 KB)
March 26, 2018 Park Restaurant Audit pdf icon (144 KB)
February 9, 2018 January 2018 follow-up of audit recommendations PDF file (110 KB)
January 29, 2018 Property Endowment Fund Audit PDF file (210 KB)
Release date Audit document
November 25, 2016 Hired Equipment Proces Audit PDF file (159 KB)
October 4, 2016 Mobile Device Usage and Compliance Audit PDF file (156 KB)
September 30, 2016 Surprise Audit of Cash Handling at Parking Operations & Enforcement Branch PDF file (229 KB)
September 28, 2016 Surprise Cash Handling and Management Oversight Audit at Kitsilano Pool PDF file (102 KB)
September 20, 2016 Surprise Cash Handling and Management Oversight Audit at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory PDF file (104 KB)
September 2, 2016 Solid Waste Utility Audit PDF file (213 KB)
August 26, 2016 Bylaw Enforcement Processes Audit PDF file (181 KB)
July 27, 2016 Cyber Security Audit PDF file (158 KB)
May 30, 2016 Revenue Services Cash Handling Review PDF file (103 KB)
May 16, 2016 Stanley Park Mini-Train Operational Review PDF file (101 KB)
March 31, 2016 Vancouver Public Library Financial Statement Audit PDF file (305 KB)
February 2, 2016 Travel and Training Audit PDF file (285 KB)
Release date Audit document
December 10, 2015 PNE Internal Controls Audit PDF file (190 KB)
December 4, 2015 Major Exhibiting Institutions Audit PDF file (182 KB)
November 24, 2015 Social Media Audit PDF file (200 KB)
October 1, 2015 Business Continuity Audit PDF file (139 KB)
September 14, 2015 Mobile Device Audit PDF file (100 KB)
July 15, 2015 Building Permit and Inspection Services Audit PDF file (200 KB)
May 25, 2015 Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation 2014 Operating and Capital Budget Year-end Review (42 KB)
April 22, 2015 Procure-to-Pay (P2P) Audit  (118 KB)
April 16, 2015 Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Operational Audit  (120 KB)
April 15, 2015 Vancouver Police Department 2014 Financial Statement PDF file (50 KB)
March 27, 2015 Vancouver Public Library Financial Statement Audit  (178 KB)
February 25, 2015 Suprise Cash Handling Audit, Development and Building Services Centre, West Annex  (39 KB)
February 3, 2015 Capital Financing and Sinking Fund Audit  (57 KB)
January 29, 2015 Cloud Computing Audit  (52 KB)
January 20, 2015 Payroll Processing and Time Recording Audit  (54 KB)
January 7, 2015 Permits and Licensing Transformation Project Mid-Implementation Review  (67 KB)

Release date  Audit document 
December 12, 2014  Vancouver Public Library (VPL) Books and Materials Selection  (65.5 KB)
October 28, 2014   CAAT Accounts Receivable  (58 KB)
August 26, 2014  Park Board Restaurants Revenue Sharing  (42 KB)
May 14, 2014  Cash Handling at Joe Fortes Branch, Vancouver Public Library  (39 KB) 
May 12, 2014  Cash Handling at Vancouver Landfill  (39 KB)
April 25, 2014   Vancouver Police Department (VPD) 2013 Financial Statement  (53 KB)
March 28, 2014   Parking Operations and Enforcement  (56 KB)
March 31, 2014  Vancouver Public Library (VPL) 2013 Financial Statement  (175 KB)
March 17, 2014   Capital Project Management  (54 KB)
February 18, 2014   Capital Fund  (53 KB)
January 15, 2014   Waterworks Utility Fund Review  (57 KB)