1.129 Overall, we found that leading services were not able to properly prove how they did their management and control control. This is especially important when services do not provide or clearly deliver their environmental results or performance. In such cases, it was not easy to see how they wanted to ensure that the desired objectives and outcomes of the agreements were achieved. The audit examined whether the responsible services had the information they needed to know the government`s environmental performance for the specific objectives it had committed to achieve. We have not verified government compliance, the effectiveness of programs or used through to achieve their objectives, the pace or progress in dealing with environmental issues, or the accuracy or quality of information used by departments. 1.130 Recommendation. With regard to the responsibility of international environmental agreements, responsible federal authorities or authorities should clearly specify and document the environmental results they expect; How they will measure and communicate the results and how they will evaluate and verify the results in order to improve performance. A common framework for cross-border cooperation in the field of air pollution 1.36 The agreement. In 1987, Canada signed the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances (Montreal Protocol). The Montreal Protocol aims to protect the ozone layer by taking steps to control and ultimately eliminate the substances that deplete it. Since it came into force in 1989, 187 countries have become parties to the Montreal Protocol. It has also been modified several times by the addition of new ozone-depleting substances and by the acceleration of the abandonment of existing substances.
Although most governments have ratified the Montreal Protocol, ratification of subsequent amendments and stricter controls are lagging behind. Canada has ratified all the amendments. 1.27 In addition, the Treasury Board of Canada and its secretariat are the board of directors of the federal government. The Secretariat has a central role to play in monitoring government administrative practices and ensuring total profitable and cost-effective value. The Secretariat also supports the activities of the Cabinet Expenditure Review Committee, which is responsible for the ongoing review of all government expenditures, management and operations. The goal is to better understand the program`s results and services, which can be provided with available resources, and to identify ways to identify resources towards higher priorities. Officials from the secretariat of the Ministry of Finance indicated that the expenditure review procedure would likely cover all activities of the department, including those related to international environmental agreements. Following our audit, the secretariat informed us that after the 2004 federal election, the Privileges Council office was appointed to assist the Expenditure Review Committee, which is now a subcommittee of the Finance Committee. 1.37 The conduct of the spring. In Canada, the federal and provincial governments share responsibility for protecting the ozone layer.
Environment Canada is the leading federal agency responsible for implementing the rules and controls necessary to meet Canada`s obligations under the Montreal Protocol. The provinces and territories are responsible for the recovery and recycling of ozone-depleting substances. 1.29 This review was based on the principles of accountability before Parliament and the results achieved for Canadians and examined how the Canadian federal government is responsible for the outcome of its international environmental agreements.