Our History

Today’s Office of the Comptroller General

The current Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) was re-established as a separate organization within the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in December 2003. The OCG was charged with providing leadership on financial management, internal audit and community capacity building, signalling a stronger government focus on financial stewardship and accountability.

Comptroller Generals of Canada (or equivalents)
Name Period
* From 1969 to 1978, the responsibilities for the comptrollership function were diffused among departments. Treasury Board Secretariat and the Department of Supply and Services, and departments.  During that period, no single official could be said to have carried out the role of Comptroller General.
R.Watson Sellar (1932–40)
B.G. McIntyre (1942–58)
Herbert. R. Balls (1958–69)
N/A 1969–78*
Harry Rogers (1978–84)
Michael H. Rayner (1985–87)
Andy Macdonald (1987–93)
W.E.R. Little (1994–96)
Colin Potts (1996–99)
Richard Neville 1999–2003)
Charles-Antoine St-Jean (2004–07)
Rod Monette (2007–09)
James Ralston (2009–14)
Bill Matthews (2014–   )


Many of the functions of the OCG have been in place for a long time. However, the name, the location, and the role of the comptroller function have changed frequently over the years.

At times, the federal government has adopted a system of centralized control to manage and account for government spending. At other times, it has encouraged greater departmental responsibility by delegating more managerial authority to departments.

Several commissions of inquiry have influenced the development of the comptroller’s role. These include the 1962 Royal Commission on Government Organization (Glassco Commission) and the 1979 Royal Commission on Financial Management and Accountability (Lambert Commission). Recommendations made by the Auditor General of Canada have also influenced the comptroller’s role and functions.

In 1931

In 1967

In 1969

In 1978

In 1993

In 2003

In 2010

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