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Ontario Government Changing Ministers' Duties

Web posted on August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014 - Premier Kathleen Wynne announced changes to the following three ministries today:

A. - The new Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure will continue to foster a dynamic business climate and promote future investments. The ministry, in collaboration with partner ministries, will also now coordinate the province's long-term infrastructure plan and priorities and identify the strategic opportunities to foster economic growth through infrastructure investment.

In addition, the ministry will be responsible for agency oversight of Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto, management of the government's real estate holdings and continue to be responsible for the government's accessibility policies and programs.

B. - The new Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade will build on the established linkages between immigration and trade to ensure Ontario is a destination for future investment, trade and immigration. The ministry will be responsible for strategies to maximize international trade development, oversight of the international trade offices and coordination of future trade missions, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Cameron Sinclair, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Trade and Marketing Division, will report directly to the Deputy Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and International Trade. Sinclair will also work with the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and assist both Deputies as they work collaboratively to ensure ongoing linkages in those portfolios.

C. - The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will now be responsible for the Ontario Growth Secretariat, where it will continue to lead the Places to Grow initiative. The Places to Grow Act and the growth plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and for Northern Ontario support economic prosperity by building strong communities that use land, resources and existing infrastructure efficiently.

Deputies of the affected ministries will discuss appropriate steps to ensure these changes can take effect by September 2, 2014.

Premier Wynne also announced the following Deputy Minister appointments:

1 - Scott Thompson becomes Deputy Minister of Finance effective October 6, 2014. Kevin French will continue as Deputy Minister of Finance, on an interim basis, until Scott Thompson assumes the role. French will then return to his home position as Associate Deputy Minister, Treasury Board Secretariat.

2 - Steven Davidson becomes Deputy Minister of Policy and Delivery, Cabinet Office, and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet effective October 6, 2014.

3 - Drew Fagan becomes Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Deputy Minister responsible for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games effective October 6, 2014.

4 - Giles Gherson becomes Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Employment and Deputy Minister of Research and Innovation effect September 2, 2014. On October 6, Gherson will also assume responsibility for Infrastructure.

5 - Wendy Tilford becomes Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services effective September 2, 2014. Greg Orencsak will continue in his role as Deputy Minister and Secretary to Treasury Board and the Management Board of Cabinet.

6 - Chisanga Puta-Chekwe adds responsibility for International Trade to his current duties as Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration effective September 2, 2014. He also retains responsibility for Women's Issues and Seniors' Affairs.

7 - Sophie Dennis will continue in the role of Deputy Minister of Labour, on an interim basis, while recruitment of a new Deputy is completed.

In addition:

--> David Hallett takes on a new role as Associate Deputy Minister, Pan Am and Parapan Am Games effective September 2, 2014.

--> Cynthia Morton will assume a new role as President and Chief Executive Officer of eHealth Ontario, effective immediately.


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