LGPI Transparency Index 2013

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Services provided by municipalities are very important, but unless they move cities, citizens can't source these services from a competitor. This is why it's essential that have access to the highest possible standard of reporting when it comes to the finances and the quality of services provided by municipalities. Residents can't shop around for a city like they can for a car, but if they know how their city's performing, then they can bring informed pressure on their elected representatives.

The LGPI Transparency Index rates the annual reports of municipalities by applying ten basic tests. The emphasis of these tests is on the generosity of detail provided - it is assumed that financial statements have been properly audited.

Transparency Index Data Table 

CityTimeliness of audit opinionReceipt of accounting awardAdditional commentary and statisticssort descendingCapital assets reportedCapital assets depreciated/fundedExpenditures by object reportedGoods/contracted services separateDepreciation Recorded (object)Expenditure line items definedHistorical trend statistics givenTotal score
Niagara Falls0/40/20/80/80/40/10/10/10/20/20/33
Shawinigan2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
St. Catharines1/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/220/33
Sault Ste. Marie1/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/220/33
Levis3/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/221/33
Sarnia2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Kawartha Lakes0/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/10/20/217/33
Terrebonne2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Pickering2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Halton Hills1/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/222/33
Hamilton2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/223/33
Iqaluit3/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/222/33
London1/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/220/33
Longueuil3/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/221/33
Newmarket2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Norfolk County2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Quebec2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Oshawa2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Repentigny3/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/221/33
Richmond Hill2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Saint-Jerome2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu3/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/221/33
Saint-Hyacinthe2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Saguenay2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Guelph2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Halifax1/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/220/33
Windsor1/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/11/20/218/33
Whitby2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/10/20/219/33
Welland2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Cambridge2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/222/33
Burlington2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Brossard3/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/221/33
Ajax2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Aurora1/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/220/33
Barrie1/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/219/33
Blainville2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Charlottetown2/40/22/88/84/41/10/10/10/20/217/33
Cape Breton1/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/10/20/218/33
Trois-Rivieres2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Gatineau3/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/221/33
Granby3/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/221/33
Grande Prairie2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/10/20/219/33
Vaughan2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Drummondville2/40/22/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Clarington2/40/22/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/221/33
Laval1/40/23/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/222/33
Chatham-Kent0/40/24/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/220/33
Thunder Bay2/40/24/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/223/33
North Bay2/40/24/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/223/33
New Westminster3/40/24/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/226/33
Chilliwack3/40/24/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/223/33
Nanaimo3/40/24/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/226/33
Delta3/40/24/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/226/33
Brantford2/40/24/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/225/33
Coquitlam3/42/24/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/228/33
Saint John1/40/25/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/222/33
Sherbrooke2/40/25/88/84/41/10/11/12/20/223/33
Wood Buffalo3/40/25/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/227/33
Montreal3/40/25/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/225/33
Kingston2/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/225/33
Saanich2/42/26/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/228/33
Langley Township2/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/227/33
Waterloo2/40/26/88/84/41/10/11/11/22/225/33
Victoria3/42/26/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/229/33
Moncton3/42/26/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/229/33
Richmond2/42/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/229/33
Prince George2/40/26/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/225/33
Markham3/42/27/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Greater Sudbury2/42/27/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Abbotsford3/42/27/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/230/33
Oakville2/42/27/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Kelowna3/42/27/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Fredericton3/40/27/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/228/33
Edmonton3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33
Toronto1/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Vancouver3/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Caledon2/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Brampton2/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Yellowknife2/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Winnipeg2/40/28/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/228/33
Burnaby3/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Kamloops3/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Whitehorse2/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Calgary3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33
Kitchener2/40/28/88/84/41/10/11/11/22/227/33
Mississauga3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33
Milton2/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/231/33
Regina2/42/28/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/230/33
Red Deer3/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/230/33
Ottawa1/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/228/33
Port Coquitlam3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33
Medicine Hat3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33
Maple Ridge3/42/28/88/84/41/10/11/12/22/231/33
St. Albert3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33
St. John's0/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/20/225/33
Peterborough1/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/228/33
Saskatoon2/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/229/33
Lethbridge3/42/28/88/84/41/11/11/12/22/232/33
Strathcona County3/40/28/88/84/41/11/11/10/21/227/33