Executive Council of Ontario

Executive Council of Ontario
The Ontario Cabinet of 1891. Clockwise starting at centre foreground: O. Mowat, A.S. Hardy, J.M. Gibson, R. Harcourt, E.H. Bronson, J. Dryden, G.W. Ross, C.F. Fraser

The Executive Council of Ontario (informally, and more commonly, the Cabinet of Ontario) plays an important role in the Government of Ontario, in accordance with the Westminster system.

A council of ministers of the Crown chaired by the Premier of Ontario, the Executive Council, almost always made up of members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, advises the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on how to exercise the executive functions of the Ontario Crown. The members of the council are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, on the advice of his or her Premier; though the Lieutenant Governor does not generally attend council meetings, directives issued by the viceroy on the advice of his or her ministers are said to be ordered by the Governor-in-Council. Ministers hold the honorific prefix "The Honourable" while members of the council.

The cabinet is thus similar in structure and role to the federal Queen's Privy Council for Canada, though smaller in size, and, whereas the federal cabinet is actually a committee of the Queen's Privy Council, the Executive Council of Ontario and Cabinet of Ontario are one and the same. Also unlike the Queen's Privy Council, members of the Ontario Executive Council are not appointed for life, and are not entitled to post nominal letters due to their position.

Most cabinet ministers are the head of a ministry, but this is not always the case. The Lieutenant Governor, advised by the Premier, determines which portfolios will be created. It is then up to the new minister to organize his or her department, and to present legislation for the new ministry if none exists.


Current cabinet

The current cabinet was most recently shuffled on October 20, 2011.

Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley (2007-)
Portfolio Minister
Premier of Ontario
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Dalton McGuinty (2003-)
Deputy Premier of Ontario
Minister of Finance
Dwight Duncan (2011-)
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ted McMeekin (2011-)
Attorney General of Ontario John Gerretsen (2011-)
Minister of Children and Youth Services Eric Hoskins (2011-)
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Charles Sousa (2011-)
Minister of Community and Social Services John Milloy (2011-)
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Madeleine Meilleur (2011-)
Minister of Consumer Services Margarett Best (2011-)
Minister of Economic Development and Innovation Brad Duguid (2011-)
Minister of Education Laurel Broten (2011-)
Minister of Energy Chris Bentley (2011-)
Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley (2011-)
Minister of Government Services Harinder Takhar (2009-)
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews (2009-)
Minister of Labour
  • Minister Responsible for Seniors
Linda Jeffrey (2011-)
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Aboriginal Affairs Kathleen Wynne (2011-)
Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle (2011-)
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci (2011-)
Minister of Tourism and Culture Michael Chan (2010-)
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Glen Murray (2011-)
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli (2011-)

Former Ministries

  • Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (-2008)
  • Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal (-2008)
  • Ministry of Energy (-2008)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (1994–2002)
  • Ministry of Children's Services (10/2003 - 03/2004)
  • Ministry of Citizenship (1987–1995; 2001–2003)
  • Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation (1995–2001)
  • Ministry of Colleges and Universities (1972–1993)
  • Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services (2002–2003)
  • Ministry of Consumer and Business Services (2003–2005)
  • Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations (1972–2001)
  • Ministry of Correctional Services (1972–1993; 1999–2002)
  • Ministry of Culture and Communications (1987–1993)
  • Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation (1993–1995)
  • Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism (1995–1999)
  • Ministry of Education and Training (1993–1999)
  • Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology (1997–2002)
  • Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation (2002–2003)
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (1993–1997; 2002)
  • Ministry of Financial Institutions (1986–1993)
  • Ministry of Health (1972–1999)
  • Ministry of Housing (1973–1981; 1985–1995)
  • Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology (1985–1993)
  • Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs (-2007)
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1985–1995; 10/2003 - 03/2004)
  • Ministry of Public Safety and Security (2002–2003)
  • Ministry of Skills Development (1985–1993)
  • Ministry of the Solicitor General (1972–1993; 1999–2002)
  • Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services (1993–1999)
  • Ministry of Tourism (1999–2001)
  • Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation (2001–2002)
  • Ministry of Transportation and Communications (1971–1987)
  • Ministry of Treasury and Economics (1978–1993)
  • Provincial Secretary and Registrar of Ontario (from 1961 Provincial Secretary and Minister of Citizenship) (list) (1867–1975)



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