The 2015 report by Ontario auditor general Bonnie Lysyk has been released and as expected, it does not paint the Liberal Government in a very positive light.
Among the report’s main findings is that electricity customers have paid billions of dollars for the Liberal government’s decisions to ignore its own planning process for new power generation projects.
It states that the electricity portion of hydro bills for homes and small businesses rose by 70 per cent in the period between 2006 and 2014, resulting in consumers paying $37 billion dollars in payments to generators.
Lysyk also found that hydro customers will pay a total of $9.2 billion more for wind and solar projects under the Liberal’s guaranteed-price program for renewable energy than they would have paid under the old program.
With regards home care services, the report finds that many elderly and disabled Ontarians are not getting the much-needed services on time, with some waiting more than a year just for assessments, while the level of home-care services that Community Care Access Centres provide varies widely across the province.
Another finding of note states that there is little co-ordination between various ministries of the billions of dollars given to companies to help create jobs and there is no follow-up to see if the jobs last after the funding ends, while the Ministry of Research and Innovation does not track the total amount of money invested by the government in research and development, nor does it evaluate the impact of research funded by the province.
A full version of the report can be found on the website of the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario.