Supplementary Information Tables 2017-2018 : Health Canada

Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits

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Response to parliamentary committees

"Challenge Ahead: Integrating robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing technologies into Canada’s healthcare systems." – Report by the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology tabled on October 31, 2017. The Government Response was tabled on April 26, 2018.

On October 17, 2017, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology tabled its eighteenth report in the Senate entitled Challenge Ahead: Integrating robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing technologies into Canada’s healthcare systems. The objective of the report was to examine the role of automation in the health care system, with a particular focus on robotics, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing. The committee’s report contained fourteen recommendations, all of which are aimed at creating an environment that enables the successful integration of these technologies into Canada’s health systems, specifically through national dialogue and research collaboration from various federal departments, provinces and territories, and research councils.

The Government Response acknowledged the Committee's important work and demonstrated the Government's continued commitment to supporting a national dialogue, its work in optimizing pan-Canadian levers and leveraging ongoing efforts, and the promotion of collaborative research.

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Office of the Auditor General of Canada Audit on Managing the Risk of Fraud on May 16, 2017

In its Spring 2017 Report, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) released a performance audit that examined whether the selected organizations had mechanisms in place to appropriately manage the risk of fraud. It also examined whether the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat provided support to federal organizations to manage their risks, including fraud risks, and monitored the implementation of its relevant policies and directives.

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (the Committee) held a hearing on this audit on October 3, 2017. From the OAG, the Committee met with Michael Ferguson, Auditor General of Canada. Health Canada (HC) was represented by Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister.

HC confirmed its agreement with the Auditor General’s four recommendations to address concerns with the management of fraud risks, including ensuring the organization’s risk governance, conducting risk assessments, providing training on values and ethics and conflicts of interest, justifying sole-source contracts and contract amendments and analyzing procurement data.

The Government Response to the Committee’s report provides further details on initiatives that demonstrate the Government’s progress and commitment in addressing each of the Committee’s recommendations.

The Department has fully addressed the four recommendations directed to HC.

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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)

Report 1, Spring 2017 – Office of the Auditor General – Managing the Risk of Fraud

Objective: to determine whether:

  • fraud risks were being managed appropriately in selected federal organizations. This audit focused on how these federal organizations established governance processes to manage fraud risks, assessed these risks and identified and implemented control activities to manage and mitigate fraud risks; and
  • the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat provided support and oversight to federal organizations to manage their risks, including fraud risks and monitored the implementation of policies and directives.

The report was tabled on May 16, 2017.

Report 2, Fall 2017 – Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development – Adapting the Impacts of Climate Change

Objective: to determine whether:

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada, in collaboration with federal partners, had taken appropriate measures to lead the federal government’s adaptation to climate change impacts; and
  • selected federal departments had taken appropriate measures to adapt to climate change impacts in their areas of responsibility.

The report was tabled on October 3, 2017.

Report 5, Fall 2017 – Environmental Petitions Annual Report and Retrospective

Objective: to inform Parliament and Canadians about the:

  • petitions activity that took place between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017; and
  • results from the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s survey of petitioners as well as government departments and agencies.

The report was tabled on October 3, 2017.

Response to audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

There were no audits in 2017-18 requiring a response.

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