Office of the Comptroller General

Last updated on April 26, 2024

The Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) is responsible for the overall quality and integrity of the government's financial management and control systems.

Roles & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Deputy Minister of Finance, the Office of the Comptroller General develops and maintains the government’s financial control framework and monitors compliance with it. The framework guides ministry and public sector activities in areas such as procurement and spending.

Office of the Comptroller General offers the following functions and services to government:

Corporate Accounting Services

Corporate Accounting Services is responsible for the Corporate Financial System (government access only) for the Province of British Columbia.

Corporate Compliance and Controls Monitoring 

The Corporate Compliance and Controls Monitoring Branch provides a risk-based compliance review program to improve the efficiency and economy of internal controls, processes legally encumbered payments, and provides administrative and financial support for programs and initiatives undertaken by the Office of the Comptroller General.

Compliance Monitoring and Progress Reports are intended for stakeholders with financial management monitoring, oversight, or governance roles and responsibilities. They demonstrate the Province’s commitment to evaluate and report on financial management and internal controls as a requirement under the Financial Administration Act.

Financial Management

The Financial Management Branch develops and implements financial management and general administrative policies for government to support capacity, control and achievement of government objectives. 

Financial Reporting

Financial Reporting & Advisory Services prepares and publishes the Province's financial statements, including the Public Accounts, and champions improvements in common accounting approaches across government. Financial Reporting & Advisory Services provide expert professional accounting advice, leadership and direction to ministries, Crown corporations and broader public sector.

Internal Audits

Internal Audit & Advisory Services provides internal audits to B.C.'s ministries, Crown corporations and broader public sector in order to promote sound governance, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of public sector operations. Internal audits provide assurance that programs and systems are operating in compliance with mandates, policies and regulations.

Procurement Governance

The Procurement Governance Office establishes and directs a strategic governance framework for government procurement and contract management.