November 30, 2016 6:09 am

Ontario auditor to provide insight on road and transit contracts, hospitals in fall annual report

Bonnie Lysyk, Ontario's auditor general, speaks about her 2015 annual report during a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

Darren Calabrese / The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario’s government spending watchdog will provide a close look at road construction contracts, the health care system and the Liberal’s environmental plans in her annual report today.

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk looked to see if the Ministry of Transportation selected contractors in a fair and competitive process and provided sufficient oversight during road construction projects.

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Lysyk also examined Metrolinx, the agency responsible for public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, to ensure contracts for billions of dollars in transit projects were awarded fairly and resulted in value for money.

The auditor looked at how the Liberals are spending money and delivering programs in more than a dozen areas, including its cap-and-trade plan to fight climate change and its environmental assessments and approvals processes.

Lysyk assessed payment models for the $11.6 billion the province provides in compensation to 30,200 doctors, and looked into the creation of electronic health records, which every Ontarian was supposed to have by last year.

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She audited the 57 largest hospitals in Ontario to see if they are providing “timely, high-quality, safe, reliable and equitable health care to patients.”

The report also examines services for children with mental health issues as well as housing and supportive services for adults facing the same challenges and looked at the four specialty psychiatric hospitals in Ontario.

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