Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs (Ontario)

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Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
Ministère des Affaires autochtones
Government ministry overview
Formed 2007
Preceding Government ministry Ontario Secretariat of Aboriginal Affairs
Jurisdiction Government of Ontario
Headquarters 4th Floor, 160 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Employees 150
Annual budget $ 71 million (2011-12 fiscal year)[1]
Minister responsible David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

The Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs is the Government of Ontario ministry responsible for issues relating to First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Ontario. The current Minister of Aboriginal Affairs is David Zimmer who sits in the Executive Council of Ontario or cabinet.


In June 2007, the Ontario Secretariat of Aboriginal Affairs was replaced with the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. The mandate of the ministry is to: promote collaboration and coordination across ministries on Aboriginal policy and programs; set priorities for and track the progress of Ontario's Aboriginal agenda; enhance government's awareness of Aboriginal people, issues and best practices for consulting and engaging with Aboriginal people; work with the federal government to find ways to make the most of federal funding; help Aboriginal people to access Ontario government programs, services and information; reform the land claims process to help address historical grievances; and encourage diversity, especially representation of Aboriginal people, in the Ontario Public Service.

The ministry has four key priorities: Stronger Aboriginal Relationships; Improved Social Conditions; Economic Opportunity and Sustainability; and Enhanced Land Claim Settlements and Reconciliation.


  • Minister's Office
  • Deputy Minister's Office (Deputy Minister: David de Launay)
  • Negotiations and Reconciliation Division (Assistant Deputy Minister: Douglas Carr)
  • Aboriginal Relations and Ministry Partnerships Division (Assistant Deputy Minister: Hillary Thatcher)
  • Strategic Policy and Planning Division (Assistant Deputy Minister: Dr. Alison Pilla)
  • Legal Services Branch (Director: Raj Dhir)
  • Communications Branch (Director: Greg Coleman)
  • Corporate Management Division (Assistant Deputy Minister: Jane Albright)

2011-2012 Results-based Plan

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