Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (Ontario)

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Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Ministère des Services gouvernementaux et des Services aux consommateurs  (French)
Ministry overview
Formed 2005
Preceding agencies
  • Management Board Secretariat
  • Ministry of Consumer and Business Services
Jurisdiction Government of Ontario
Ministers responsible
  • Todd Smith, Minister of Government and Consumer Services
  • Bob Bailey, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is the department of the Government of Ontario that is responsible for the delivery and management of government operations, and consumer protection in the Canadian province of Ontario.

It is responsible for ServiceOntario, the retail service delivery operation of the government, and Archives of Ontario. It also oversees numerous boards and administrative authorities charged with consumer protection in specific sectors and industries, such as condominium and travel.

The current minister is Todd Smith.[1]

History[edit]

Prior to 1972, the Department of Public Works was responsible for the function of providing and maintaining the buildings and facilities that house the operations of the provincial government.

In November 1966, the Department of Financial and Commercial Affairs was established and acquired the responsibility for the regulation of insurance companies, loan and trust companies, and the trading of securities in Ontario. In 1967, a Consumer Protection Division was established to be responsible for a newly created Consumer Protection Bureau. In 1968, it acquired further responsibility over the regulation of credit unions, cemeteries, upholstered and stuffed articles, and the sale of goods and services. In 1970, it further acquired responsibility over the incorporation of companies and the regulation of lotteries.

In 1972, the Government of Ontario was considerably re-organized as the various Departments were restructured and renamed as Ministries.

In 1972, the Ministry of Government Services was created, assuming most the functions of the former Department of Public Works. Over the years in its various forms, the Ministry assumed various responsibility in support of the operations of the provincial government, including maintenance of government buildings; centralized services for government employees; central mail and translation services; information technology and services, etc.

Also in 1972, the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations and assumed all responsibilities of the Department of Financial and Commercial Affairs. The new Ministry also acquired the functions associated with the promotion of public safety for boilers, elevators, building standards and fuels, the regulation of theatres, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Liquor License Board of Ontario. In 1986, a standalone Ministry of Financial Institutions and assumed the responsibility over the Ontario Securities Commission and the Pension Commission of Ontario.

In 1993, the Management Board Secretariat absorbed the existing Ministry of Government Services, assuming its function in providing internal corporate services to the provincial government.

In February 2001, the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations was renamed the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services.

In 2005, the Ministry of Government Services was re-created from the merger of Management Board Secretariat and the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services. The Ministry was headed by a Minister, who was also chair of the Management Board of Cabinet. When the ministry was created, Premier Dalton McGuinty described it as the "chief operating officer of government." The position combined responsibility for consumer protection, business regulation, management of the civil service, labour negotiations and the central plumbing of government: IT, procurement, and shared services. In 2007, the Ministry was renamed Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

One of the main projects of the ministry was the creation of ServiceOntario. When it was completed in 2011, ServiceOntario was the one-stop shop for all government retail operations. Any and all routine transactions between the government and the public are performed through ServiceOntario offices, websites, call centres or kiosks. Alongside ServiceOntario, the ministry offers access to its public records through three of its licensed service providers, one of which is ESC Corporate Services.

Responsibilities[edit]

The ministry is responsible for several key area, including:

  • consumer protection and public safety
  • business law
  • provide Ontario government ministries and employees with corporate services including procurement, finance, HR, pay and benefits
  • collect, manage and preserve historical records of the Ontario Government
  • policy leadership in record-keeping, freedom of information, privacy protection, and information management

The ministry oversees a number of boards and administrative authorities, including:

Former Ministers[edit]

Name Term of office Name Term of office Political party
(Ministry)
Note
Minister of Financial and Commercial Affairs
Leslie Rowntree November 24, 1966 February 5, 1970 PC
(Robarts)
Bert Lawrence February 5, 1970 March 1, 1971
Arthur Wishart March 1, 1971 December 8, 1971 PC
(Davis)
Gordon Carton February 8, 1971 February 2, 1972
Eric Winkler February 2, 1972 April 10, 1972
Minister of Government Services Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations
James Snow February 2, 1972 October 7, 1975 Eric Winkler April 10, 1972 September 28, 1972 Snow was named Minister of Government Services on February 2, 1972. Ministry was formally renamed from Public Works to Government Services on April 7, 1972
John Clement September 28, 1972 June 18, 1975
Sid Handleman June 18, 1975 September 21, 1977
Margaret Scrivener October 7, 1975 February 3, 1977
John Smith February 3, 1977 June 23, 1977
James Auld June 23, 1977 September 21, 1977
George McCague September 21, 1977 January 21, 1978 Larry Grossman September 21, 1977 October 18, 1978
Lorne Henderson January 21, 1978 August 30, 1979
Frank Drea October 18, 1978 April 10, 1981
Douglas Wiseman August 30, 1979 July 6, 1983
Gordon Walker April 10, 1981 February 13, 1982
Robert Elgie February 13, 1982 February 8, 1985
George Ashe July 6, 1983 February 8, 1985
Bob Runciman February 8, 1985 May 17, 1985 Gordon Walker February 8, 1985 May 17, 1985 PC
(Miller)
Jim Gordon May 17, 1985 June 26, 1985 Bob Runciman May 17, 1985 June 26, 1985
Elinor Caplan June 26, 1985 June 16, 1986 Monte Kwinter June 26, 1985 September 29, 1987 Liberal
(Peterson)
Sean Conway June 17, 1986 September 9, 1987
Richard Patten September 29, 1987 August 2, 1989 Bill Wrye September 29, 1987 August 2, 1989
Chris Ward August 2, 1989 October 1, 1990 Greg Sorbara August 2, 1989 October 1, 1990
Frances Lankin October 1, 1990 April 22, 1991 Peter Kormos October 1, 1990 March 18, 1991 NDP
(Rae)
Marilyn Churley March 18, 1991 June 26, 1995
Fred Wilson April 22, 1991 February 3, 1993
Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet In 1993, most of the functions performed by the Ministry of Government Services were transferred to the Secretariat of the Management Board of Cabinet.
Brian Charlton February 3, 1993 June 26, 1995
David Johnson June 26, 1995 October 10, 1997 Norm Sterling June 26, 1995 August 16, 1996 PC
(Harris)
David Tsubouchi August 16, 1996 June 17, 1999
Chris Hodgson October 10, 1997 February 8, 2001
Bob Runciman June 17, 1999 February 7, 2001
David Tsubouchi February 8, 2001 April 15, 2002 Minister of Consumer and Business Services
Norm Sterling February 8, 2001 April 14, 2002
April 15, 2002 October 22, 2003 Tim Hudak April 15, 2002 October 22, 2003 PC
(Eves)
Gerry Phillips October 22, 2003 June 29, 2005 Jim Watson October 23, 2003 June 29, 2005 Liberal
(McGuinty)
Minister of Government and Consumer Services
Gerry Phillips June 29, 2005 October 30, 2007
Ted McMeekin October 30, 2007 July 8, 2008
Minister of Government Services Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services
Ted McMeekin July 8, 2008 June 24, 2009 Harinder Takhar July 8, 2008 June 24, 2009
Harinder Takhar June 24, 2009 November 27, 2012 Minister of Consumer Services
Ted McMeekin June 24, 2009 January 18, 2010
Sophia Aggelonitis January 18, 2010 August 18, 2010
John Gerretsen August 18, 2010 October 20, 2011
Margarett Best October 20, 2011 February 11, 2013
Dwight Duncan November 27, 2012 February 11, 2013 Duncan appointed as interim minister upon Takhar's resignation.
Harinder Takhar February 11, 2013 May 8, 2013 Tracy MacCharles February 11, 2013 June 24, 2014 Liberal
(Wynne)
John Milloy May 8, 2013 June 24, 2014
Minister of Government and Consumer Services
David Orazietti June 24, 2014 June 13, 2016
Marie-France Lalonde June 13, 2016 January 12, 2017
Tracy MacCharles January 12, 2017 June 29, 2018
Todd Smith June 29, 2018 incumbent PC
(Ford)

References[edit]

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