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Key Findings from the 2016 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada

The Auditor General audits federal government departments and agencies, most Crown corporations and many other federal organizations.

The 2016 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada included a report on an audit of Transport Canada.

Key findings of the audit that are of significance to AIA's Members:

Transport Canada did not maintain motor vehicle safety regulations in a timely and proactive manner.

The audit states "This finding matters because up-to-date standards and regulations that address safety risks and emerging technologies, combined with broad public consultations on safety-related issues, will help keep Canadians safer on our roads."

Transport Canada had incomplete collision and injury data, and could not demonstrate how research informed safety regulations.

The audit states "We found that Transport Canada possessed only partial data on collisions and injuries in the National Collision Database.In addition, we found that Transport Canada did not have access to complete data from insurance companies, hospitals, police, and others involved in vehicle safety matters.

Transport Canada had limited knowledge of manufacturer investigations related to critical safety issues.

The audit states "We found that Transport Canada requested information from manufacturers on alleged safety defects, but that manufacturers provided only a fraction of the information they possessed to Transport Canada."

To read the 2016 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada, that includes additional Transport Canada audit findings, click here.