Office of the Auditor General
June 23, 2017

Compensation Policies and Practices of Government Entities Not Always Consistent with Government Compensation Policies

Auditor General, Terry Paddon, delivered his report on Performance Audits of Departments and Crown Agencies to the House of Assembly today in St. John’s. The results of his audit of Compensation Practices in Government Entities were included in his report.

“Compensation policies and practices of Government entities are not always consistent with Government compensation policies.”
- Terry Paddon, Auditor General of Newfoundland and Labrador

Government is, effectively, the employer of all public employees whether they work for a Government department or a Crown agency, board or commission.  In 2015-16, 43 Government entities had salaries and benefits totaling $2.9 billion.

“We audited seven Government entities and found a number of compensation policies and practices related to position classifications, salaries, employee benefits and termination benefits that were inconsistent with Government policy.” 
- Terry Paddon, Auditor General of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Human Resource Secretariat of the Executive Council has not completed its review of Government’s compensation policies as directed by Cabinet.  The Human Resource Secretariat has not determined whether all Government entities should apply Government’s compensation policies.

The report is available on the Office of the Auditor General website at


Media contact:
Terry Paddon
Auditor General

2017 06 23                                                    9:35 a.m.