Statement by Minister Sandals on the Toronto District School Board
Today, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to forensic audit requests received from the Toronto District School Board and its audit committee:
"I recently received a written request from the acting director of the Toronto District School Board for the Ministry of Education to conduct a forensic audit of the board's financial management practices after concerns were raised by members of its audit committee.
Both the acting director and the chair of the audit committee identified a number of concerns, including the availability of reports to the audit committee, financial reporting to the ministry that may not have been approved by the chief financial officer, salary increases for staff that may not be in line with Broader Public Sector compensation, and expenses paid without proper review by the chief financial officer.
In response, we have asked Ernst & Young LLP to conduct a forensic audit of the school board to address the concerns raised, as well as any other matters that may be of interest to the ministry. The team of auditors will deliver a report and recommendations for potential future action this fall.
Our government has made significant investments in publicly funded education so that every student can benefit from a world-class education system. Ontarians expect public dollars to be invested efficiently, transparently and responsibly, and I look forward to working with all relevant parties to ensure that is taking place at the Toronto District School Board."