Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

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Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Ministère du Développement économique, de la Création d’emplois et du Commerce  (French)
Ministry overview
Formed1985
JurisdictionGovernment of Ontario
Ministers responsible
  • Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Michael Parsa, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade with responsibility for Small Business
  • Donna Skelly, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade with responsibility for Small Business
Websitewww.ontario.ca/page/ministry-economic-development-and-growth

The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (formally known as Ministry of Economic Development and Growth) in the Canadian province of Ontario is responsible for programs to attract and retain business and economic development in the province. This is pursued through research and development funding, business advisory services, career exploration opportunities and business startup programs for youth, skills development and marketing Ontario to potential international business investors.

It was previously responsible for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, though this responsibility has been shifted to the Ministry of Government Services.

History[edit]

Responsibilities for economic development in the Ontario government shifted over time as the province's economy evolved.

Prior to confederation, the Bureau of Agriculture of the Province of Canada was responsible for collecting facts and statistics relating to the agricultural, mechanical and manufacturing interests.

On March 4, 1868, the Act for the Encouragement of Agriculture, Horticulture, Arts, and Manufactures received royal assent, establishing the Department of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Public Works. "Arts", at the time, referred to the practical application of an industrial, manufacturing, or scientific pursuit, rather than to its current meaning. In 1877, the department was renamed the Department of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Arts. The industrial, or "arts", functions of the department were carried out through the Bureau of Agriculture and Arts from 1877 until 1882, and the Bureau of Industries from 1882. Although the Bureau was under the general direction of the Commissioner of Agriculture (or the Minister of Agriculture after 1888), the day to day operations were carried out by a small staff under the direction of the Secretary of the Bureau of Industries. From 1880 on however, the focus of that bureau was agricultural in nature. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the responsibilities for various manufacturing industrial matters were carried out at various times by the Department of the Provincial Secretary, Department of Education, and the Bureau of Labour among others.

The Department of Planning and Development was established in 1944. Initially, its mandate was focused in postwar rehabilitation efforts. Overtime, the department was mandated to work with agricultural, industrial, labour, mining, trade and other associations and organisations and with public and private sector enterprises in order to create and maintain productive employment and to develop the human and material resources of the province. In addition to trade and industry, the department at various times also had responsibilities over immigration, community planning, conservation, civil defence/emergency management.

For most of 1961, the department was briefly renamed the Department of Commerce and Development. In December 1961, the department took over certain functions of the Department of Economics and Federal and Provincial Relations (predecessor of the Ministry of Finance) and was renamed the Department of Economics and Development.

In 1968, the department was renamed the Department of Trade and Development. In April 1972, the department merged with the Department of Tourism and Information to form the Ministry of Industry and Tourism.

A standalone economic portfolio was recreated in 1982, named Ministry of Industry and Trade. The ministry subsequently went through frequent name changes in the following decades, reflecting shifting economic and political priorities of the governments of the day. For example in 1985, it was renamed Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology to reflect the growing importance of technology in Ontario's economy.

Since 1993, the department was mostly named the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade or some similar variations, except between 2002 and 2003 when it was briefly named Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation.

A related Ministry of Research and Innovation, and later Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, existed between 2005 and 2018. While politically a standalone ministry, it shared a deputy minister (civil service head) with the main economic development ministry, and was supported by civil servants of the economic development ministry.

A related Ministry of International Trade existed between 2008 and 2009, and again from 2016 and 2018.

List of ministers[edit]

Principal Ministers Term of office Other Ministers Political party
(Ministry)
Note
Minister of Planning and Development PC
(Drew)
Dana Porter May 8, 1944 October 19, 1948
Art Welsh October 19, 1948 May 4, 1949 PC
(Kennedy)
William Griesinger May 4, 1949 January 20, 1953 PC
(Frost)
Bill Warrender January 20, 1953 August 17, 1955
William Nickle August 17, 1955 November 8, 1961
Minister of Commerce and Development PC
(Robarts)
Robert Macaulay November 8, 1961 December 15, 1961
Minister of Economics and Development
Robert Macaulay December 15, 1961 October 16, 1963
James Allan October 16, 1963 November 8, 1963
Stan Randall November 8, 1963 April 11, 1968
Minister of Trade and Development
Stan Randall April 11, 1968 March 1, 1971
Allan Grossman March 1, 1971 February 2, 1972 PC
(Davis)
John White February 2, 1972 April 7, 1972
Minister of Industry and Tourism
John White April 10, 1972 January 15, 1973
Claude Bennett January 15, 1973 January 21, 1978
John Reginald Rhodes January 21, 1978 September 25, 1978
Larry Grossman October 18, 1978 February 13, 1982
Minister of Industry and Trade Development
Gordon Walker February 13, 1982 July 6, 1983
Frank Miller July 6, 1983 February 8, 1985
Minister of Industry and Trade PC
(Miller)
Andy Brandt February 8, 1985 June 26, 1985
Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology Liberal
(Peterson)
Hugh O'Neil June 26, 1985 September 29, 1987
Monte Kwinter September 29, 1987 October 1, 1990
Allan Pilkey October 1, 1990 July 31, 1991 NDP
(Rae)
Ed Philip July 31, 1991 February 3, 1993
Minister of Economic Development and Trade
Frances Lankin February 3, 1993 June 26, 1995
Bill Saunderson June 26, 1995 October 10, 1997 PC
(Harris)
Al Palladini October 10, 1997 February 7, 2001 Minister of Energy, Science and Technology
Jim Wilson (October 10, 1997 to April 14, 2002)
Bob Runciman February 8, 2001 April 14, 2002
Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation PC
(Eves)
Jim Flaherty April 15, 2002 October 22, 2003 Associate Minister
David Turnbull (April 15, 2002 to October 22, 2003)
Minister of Economic Development and Trade Liberal
(McGuinty)
Joseph Cordiano October 23, 2003 September 18, 2006 Minister of Research and Innovation
Dalton McGuinty (June 29, 2005 to October 15, 2007)
John Wilkinson (October 30, 2007 to June 24, 2009)
Minister of International Trade and Investment
Sandra Pupatello (September 18, 2008 to June 24, 2009)
Sandra Pupatello September 16, 2006 September 18, 2008
Minister of Economic Development
Michael Bryant September 18, 2008 May 25, 2009
Dalton McGuinty May 25, 2009 June 24, 2009
Minister of Economic Development and Trade
Sandra Pupatello June 24, 2009 October 20, 2011 Minister of Research and Innovation
John Milloy (June 24, 2009 to August 18, 2010)
Glen Murray (August 18, 2010 to February 11, 2013)
Minister of Economic Development and Innovation
Brad Duguid October 20, 2011 February 11, 2013
Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment Liberal
(Wynne)
Eric Hoskins February 11, 2013 June 24, 2014 Minister of Research and Innovation
Reza Moridi (February 11, 2013 to June 13, 2016)
Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Brad Duguid June 24, 2014 June 13, 2016
Minister of Economic Development and Growth
Brad Duguid June 13, 2016 January 17, 2018 Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
Reza Moridi (June 13, 2016 to June 2, 2018)
Minister of International Trade
Michael Chan (June 13, 2016 to June 29, 2018)
Minister Responsible for Small Business
Jeff Leal (January 12, 2017 – June 29, 2018)
Steven Del Duca January 17, 2018 June 29, 2018
Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade PC
(Ford)
Jim Wilson June 29, 2018 November 2, 2018
Todd Smith (interim) November 2, 2018 incumbent

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