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Unaudited Financial Statements for the period ending March 31, 2009

Statement of Management Responsibility

Responsibility for the integrity and objectivity of the accompanying financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2009 and all information contained in these statements rests with departmental management. These financial statements have been prepared by management in accordance with Treasury Board accounting policies which are consistent with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector.

Management is responsible for the integrity and objectivity of the information in these financial statements. Some of the information in the financial statements is based on management's best estimates and judgment and gives due consideration to materiality. To fulfill its accounting and reporting responsibilities, management maintains a set of accounts that provides a centralized record of the department's financial transactions. Financial information submitted to the Public Accounts of Canada and included in the department's Departmental Performance Report is consistent with these financial statements.

Management maintains a system of financial management and internal control designed to provide reasonable assurance that financial information is reliable, that assets are safeguarded and that transactions are in accordance with the Financial Administration Act, are executed in accordance with prescribed regulations, within Parliamentary authorities, and are properly recorded to maintain accountability of Government funds. Management also seeks to ensure the objectivity and integrity of data in its financial statements by careful selection, training and development of qualified staff, by organizational arrangements that provide appropriate divisions of responsibility, and by communication programs aimed at ensuring that regulations, policies, standards and managerial authorities are understood throughout the department.

The Audit Committee comprised of external members ensures that the Deputy Minister receives independent objective advice and assurance on the adequacy of Environment Canada's internal control and accountability processes. It ensures that there are effective arrangements in place to monitor and follow-up on management action plans responding to recommendations from internal audits, the Office of the Auditor General, or other sources. It reviews Environment Canada's financial statements and the corporate risk profile. It also reviews the arrangements established by management to promote public service values and to ensure compliance with legislation, regulations, policies, and standards of ethical conduct.

The financial statements of the department have not been audited.


Ian Shugart,
Deputy Minister


Basia Ruta,
ADM, Finance & Corporate,
Chief Financial Officer

Gatineau, Canada
August 7, 2009

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