Premier Ford Announces Changes to His Cabinet

Source: Ontario Government
Source: Office of the Premier

News Release

New team positioned to meet the priorities for the people of Ontario in the coming year

TORONTO — After nearly one full year in office, Premier Doug Ford today announced changes to his cabinet to build on the priorities for the people of Ontario for the year ahead. A renewed Executive Council also includes the addition of one new ministry as well as five new associate ministers.

These changes will ensure that the Government of Ontario will effectively continue with its agenda of creating good jobs, supporting small businesses, putting more money in people’s pockets and restoring trust and accountability in government, while also protecting what matters most through sound investments in health care and education.After a fast-paced first year in government that saw 20 pieces of legislation passed in 117 days, through four sittings of the Legislature, 85 per cent of the total commitments the government made to the people of Ontario have been completed or put into action.

The Premier and his new cabinet will continue to draw on the collective skills of our 73-member caucus in order to effectively serve the people of Ontario.

Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs – Doug Ford

Deputy Premier and Minister of Health – Christine Elliott

Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions – Michael Tibollo

Minister of Long-Term Care – Merrilee Fullerton

Minister of Finance – Rod Phillips

Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Chair of Cabinet – Vic Fedeli

Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction – Prabmeet Sarkaria

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Steve Clark

Solicitor General – Sylvia Jones

Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks – Jeff Yurek

Minister of Children, Community and Social Services – Todd Smith  

Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues – Jill Dunlop

Minister of Labour – Monte McNaughton

Attorney General – Doug DowneyMinister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs – Caroline Mulroney

Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA) – Kinga Surma

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities – Ross Romano

Minister of Education – Stephen Lecce

President of the Treasury Board – Peter Bethlenfalvy

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry – John Yakabuski

Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs – Greg Rickford

Associate Minister of Energy – Bill Walker

Minister for Seniors and Accessibility – Raymond Cho

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – Ernie Hardeman

Minister of Infrastructure – Laurie Scott

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport – Lisa MacLeod

Minister of Government and Consumer Services – Lisa Thompson

Government House Leader – Paul Calandra

Our plan for the people is working. Since Premier Ford was elected, our government has:

Created an environment that led to the creation of more than 190,000 jobs

Oversaw the renewal of Hydro One, including the departure of the previous CEO and Board of Directors, and installing a new Board backed up by real accountability and transparency measures

Repealed the Green Energy ActCancelled and wound down more than 750 unnecessary and expensive renewable energy contracts to save ratepayers $790 million

Scrapped the province’s cap-and-trade carbon tax, saving Ontario families about $260 per year and cutting gas prices by 4.3 cents a litre

Scrapped the Drive Clean program to save time and reduce vehicle service costs for consumers

Implemented the most generous tax credit for low income Ontarians in a generationIntroduced one of the most flexible child care initiatives in Ontario history, the Ontario Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit, to put parents and children first

Increased health care funding by $1.3 billion this yearAllocated more than 7,000 new long-term care beds, nearly half of the 15,000 new beds to be built over the next five years

Supported those struggling with mental health and addictions by providing a historic investment of $3.8 billion over ten years

Provided full dental coverage for low-income seniors

Made historic investments in transit and infrastructureReined in public sector compensation and spending

Delivered a made-in-Ontario environmental plan that protects both the environment and jobs

Reduced the burden of government on small businesses through legislative changes and reducing red tape

Respected parents and gone back to basics in our schools by focusing more on math and science so that students are better prepared for the future

Introduced an unprecedented 10 per cent reduction in college and university tuition fees and the modernization of skilled trades and apprenticeships

Better supported postsecondary students in skilled trades and protected free speech on campus.

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