Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act

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Minister for the Purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act
Navdeep Bains

since November 4, 2015
Government of Canada
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Gerald Merrithew
Formation September 15, 1988
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The Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act, more commonly the Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency or Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (French: Ministre de l'Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique), is the member of the Cabinet of Canada who also serves as the chief executive of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The post is traditionally held by an MP from Atlantic Canada, although occasionally the responsibilities have been accorded to a more senior cabinet minister.

Navdeep Bains, MP for the federal riding of Mississauga-Malton in Ontario, currently serves as the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, whose portfolio includes the six Canadian regional development agencies (including ACOA).[1]



No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 No image.svg Gerald Merrithew September 15, 1988 January 29, 1989 Progressive Conservative 24 (Mulroney)
2 No image.svg Elmer MacKay January 30, 1989 April 20, 1991 Progressive Conservative
3 Crosbie 1983-2 crop.jpg John Crosbie April 21, 1991 June 24, 1993 Progressive Conservative
4 No image.svg Ross Reid June 25, 1993 November 3, 1993 Progressive Conservative 25 (Campbell)
5 No image.svg David Dingwall June 30, 1994 January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
6 John Manley IMF.jpg John Manley January 25, 1996 October 16, 2000 Liberal
Several secretaries of state were appointed to assist Manley in this role:
7 Briantobin.jpg Brian Tobin October 17, 2000 January 14, 2002 Liberal
Several ministers of state were appointed to assist Tobin in this role:
8 Allan-rock-wLKc.jpg Allan Rock January 15, 2002 December 11, 2003 Liberal
9 No image.svg Joe McGuire December 12, 2003 February 5, 2006 Liberal 27 (Martin)
10 Peter MacKay crop.JPG Peter MacKay February 6, 2006 January 19, 2010 Conservative 28 (Harper)
11 No image.svg Keith Ashfield January 19, 2010 February 22, 2013 Conservative
12 No image.svg Gail Shea February 22, 2013 July 15, 2013 Conservative
13 No image.svg Bernard Valcourt July 15, 2013 November 4, 2015 Conservative
  • Rob Moore was appointed a minister of state to assist Valcourt in this role in this role from July 15, 2013 to November 4, 2015.
14 No image.svg Navdeep Bains November 4, 2015 Incumbent Liberal 29 (Trudeau)