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Audit of the AgriMarketing program – market development stream

December 3, 2015

Office of Audit and Evaluation

Executive summary

The AgriMarketing program - Market Development stream (AMP MD) is aimed at building and promoting Canada's ability to expand domestic and export markets, undertake promotional activities to help position and differentiate Canadian products and producers, and ensure industry's ability to meet market requirements.

The annual budget allocation for AMP MD is $21.23MFootnote 1. Projects are cost-shared between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and recipients, with AAFC's maximum contribution generally not exceeding 50% of the total eligible costs. AMP MD is managed within the Programs Branch, Competitiveness Division.

The audit of AMP MD was included in the 2015-2018 Risk-Based Audit Plan. The audit focused on the management control framework related activities, addressing governance, risk management and controls, associated with AMP MD.

The audit determined that effective controls were in place to support the management and delivery of AMP MD.

The audit recommendations, addressed to the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Programs Branch, are as follows:

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Background

1.2 Audit objective

1.3 Audit scope

1.4 Audit approach

1.5 Conclusion

1.6 Statement of conformation

2.0 Detailed observations, recommendations and management responses

2.1 Governance structures

2.2 Risk management

2.3 Management controls

Annex A: Audit criteria

  1. Adequate program implementation is in place.
  2. Effective program monitoring and reporting is in place.
  3. Appropriate recipient project funding application assessment, award and agreement development processes are in place.
  4. Effective recipient project funding administration, monitoring and reporting processes are in place.

Annex B: Acronyms

AAFC
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
ADM
Assistant Deputy Minister
AMP
AgriMarketing program
MD
Market development stream
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