Auditor General says audit of NPCA should be out by the summer

Ontario's Auditor General says preliminary meetings begin this month with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority in preparation for the audit her agency is conducting. 

Bonnie Lysyk says the majority of the work will begin in January and she expects it will take a few months. 

She says the agency will likely have a report ready before the next municipal election. 

Lysyk says once the report is completed there will be a vetting period for accuracy, she expects the report to be made public by the summer. 

An all party provincial public accounts committee directed Lysyk in October to conduct a full financial audit of the NPCA. 

Welland MPP Cindy Forster, who asked the committee to direct the AG to do the audit, is confident all the issues she has raised regarding hiring practices and contracts awarded will be investigated by Lysyk.