Response to parliamentary committees and external audits
Response to parliamentary committees
In April 2019, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (PACP) tabled its report, entitled “Report 6, Community Supervision—Correctional Service Canada, of the 2018 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada”. The report draws on the findings of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG).
The Committee heard testimony from the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the OAG. The PACP Committee made five recommendations to CSC that seek to make sure that the return of offenders to society leads to better public safety outcomes.
CSC accepted all five recommendations and developed a Management Action Plan to respond to all recommendations, and the Government has committed to reporting the results to Canadians.
The Committee received CSC’s response to recommendations 1, 2 and 5 in March 2020. These responses can be found in the Standing Committee on Public Accounts’ Committee Related Documents.
Response to audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (including audits conducted by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)
In February 2020, the OAG tabled its report, entitled “Report 1: Respect in the Workplace”. The audit examined three aspects of workplace conduct: harassment, discrimination, and workplace violence by co-workers and supervisors at the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and CSC. It focused on whether the organizations promoted and maintained a respectful workplace, free of these types of conduct. The audit concluded that both organizations did not do enough to address problems in these three areas. The audit contained three recommendations for CBSA and CSC.
CSC agreed with the findings and has begun taking steps to implement the three recommendations. CSC is implementing a number of initiatives including a national, comprehensive and integrated workplace wellness strategy to continue promoting a work environment where employees are treated with respect, dignity and fairness.