Our Mandate

Established by the Financial Accountability Officer Act, 2013, the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) provides independent analysis on the state of the Province's finances, trends in the provincial economy and related matters important to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Financial Accountability Officer

The Financial Accountability Officer is an officer of the Assembly, selected with the approval of a panel composed of one member from each party recognized in the Legislative Assembly. The Officer holds office for a term of five years and may be reappointed for one further term of five years.

Peter Weltman was appointed Ontario’s second Financial Accountability Officer on May 7, 2018.

Mr. Weltman has extensive experience working at the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) in Ottawa most recently serving as Director of Executive Services, Communication and Parliamentary Relations to the Parliamentary Budget Officer. He also serves as President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEEA). Before working at the PBO, Mr. Weltman worked in different capacities for Industry Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and the Treasury Board Secretariat.

As per the Financial Accountability Officer Act, 2013, Mr. Weltman’s appointment is for an initial term of five-years following which he may be re-appointed for another five-year term.

Vision Statement:

The trusted source for independent analysis of Ontario’s finances and trends in the provincial economy.

Mission Statement:

To enhance legislative debate in Ontario by providing relevant, authoritative and timely information on the financial impact of government policies.

How we work

The FAO produces independent analysis on the initiative of the Financial Accountability Officer. Upon request from a member or committee of the Assembly, the Officer may also direct the FAO to undertake research to estimate the financial costs or financial benefits to the Province of any bill or other proposal over which the Legislature has jurisdiction.

Peter Weltman, FAO

2018 - 2019 Annual Report

The FAO’s 2018-19 annual report summarizes the FAO’s activities in support of all members of the Legislative Assembly undertaken during the 2018-19 fiscal year.