Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highlights from Ontario's Annual Auditor General Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highlights from Ontario's Annual Auditor General Report

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Highlights from Ontario's auditor general report

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TORONTO - Highlights from Ontario's annual auditor general report:

-- The government pays highway contractors about $8 million per year in bonuses for meeting a quality standard for asphalt, even in cases when it knows contractors tampered with asphalt samples just to get the bonuses.

-- Road contractors continue to get work from the government even when they have performed unsatisfactory work or breached safety regulations.

-- The government paid $23 million for repairs on five highway projects -- in addition to an initial $143 million to pave them -- after only one to three years, when the highways should have lasted 15 years.

-- Construction projects by Metrolinx, a Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area transit agency, are responsible for one in every seven dollars of Ontario's capital spending. The auditor says it fails to hold contractors and design consultants accountable for inadequate or late work, and foots the bill for millions in additional costs.

-- Ontario's cap-and-trade program will cost Ontario businesses and households about $8 billion between 2017 and 2020 and will likely generate less than 20 per cent of the government's target of emissions reductions.

-- About 80 per cent of companies that have received emissions approvals in the last 15 years have never been inspected, and the government doesn't know how many emitters given approvals more than 15 years ago are still operating.

-- Ontario is the only province that doesn't require environmental assessments for private-sector mining and chemical manufacturing projects. It will cost $1 billion to clean up just four such sites, the auditor found. …

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