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“For Canadians to trust our government we must trust Canadians, and we will only be successful in implementing our agenda to the extent that we earn and keep this trust.”
- Justin Trudeau, on the Open and Accountable Government Plan1


As the sentiment above illustrates, there are few things these days that Canadians demand more from their government than transparency and accountability. That’s why it’s important to employ a trusted, independent source to monitor your agency’s checks and balances—and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting Inc* (Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting) specializes in just that.

This new consulting practice leverages the public sector expertise of both Grant Thornton LLP and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP to provide services to the Federal Government and its departments, agencies, organizations and Crown corporations. In addition, as the Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, both firms can draw upon the public sector experience and expertise from other member firms throughout the world.

With a conveniently-located Ottawa office, we’re just a heartbeat away from the pulse of the Federal Government. Drawing upon professionals located throughout Canada, and with experts on the ground in over 100 offices, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting has the breadth and reach to serve any federal government body, regardless of what region or province it operates in.

We offer flexible and bilingual partner-led engagement teams, which means that you receive our highest level of expertise at a cost tax payers will respect. You can’t get more accountable than that. But we feel accountability goes both ways—and we believe it shows through our dedication to providing the highest level of service to our clients. This commitment to excellence is something that is expected of us and we wouldn’t offer anything less.

Among some of the dedicated services we offer to the Federal Government sector are

Internal audit and external quality assessment

We conduct internal audits, reviews and quality assessments in accordance with government and  Institute of Internal Auditors standards. Our extensive experience, deep public sector knowledge and dedication to a personalized approach ensure that our services are in line with your department’s commitment to sound spending and resource management.

Forensic accounting services

Our forensic accountants specialize in identifying situations that are sensitive to fraud. Their extensive experience in fraud investigations, in combination with their knowledge of financial-economic criminal actions, has allowed them to hone their skills in the areas of financial investigation, tracing methods and interrogation.

Contribution audit

When auditing government contribution agreements, we will help to ensure that the contributions conform to contractual obligations and that expenditures are properly supported. We also assist you in implementing corrective and preventative measures to improve your organization’s financial management methods.

Program evaluation

When performing program evaluations, we assist you in a variety of ways, including suggesting efficient methods for launching new initiatives, offering remedies for deteriorating programs, and providing insight into the success or failure of previous programs.

IT audit

Our information technology auditors can help you assess your department’s IT system and identify potential technology risks, including security threats, regulatory and legislative compliance issues, and unexpected system disruptions. Not only can we help you implement the appropriate controls to manage these risks today, but we can help to keep you abreast of new dangers as they arise.

Governance risk and compliance

With access to a full range of services, we can help you achieve that optimal balance between minimizing risk exposure and optimizing performance. We believe that your investment in business risk management goes beyond compliance. It leads to tangible organizational improvements. As your impartial advisors, we deliver governance, risk management and compliance solutions that are founded on extensive experience across public and industry sectors.

Management consulting

Our management consulting group can help you conduct organizational planning at all stages of the decision-making process, enabling you to efficiently and effectively put your plan into action. We provide decision support services to assist you in making the most informed decisions for your organization—decisions that are meant to hold up in an accountability review, possibly leading to additional funding for your programs. Conducting benchmarking exercise to compare the performance of your specific services or to compare organizational performance against similar organizations, identifying best practices for your internal services and operations are just a few more areas where we can assist.

Our team of professionals are dedicated to serving federal government organizations of all sizes. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

1 Justin Trudeau. "Open and Accountable Government," A Message to Ministers http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/11/27/open-and-accountable-government#Message_to_Ministers (accessed December 14, 2016)