Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Ontario)

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Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Ministère des Affaires municipales et du Logement  (French)
Ministry overview
Formed1948
JurisdictionGovernment of Ontario
Ministers responsible
  • Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Christine Hogarth, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing with responsibility for Housing
  • Jim McDonell, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing with responsibility for Municipal Affairs

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is the department of the Government of Ontario that is responsible for municipal affairs and housing in the Canadian province of Ontario.

The current minister responsible for Municipal Affairs and Housing is Steve Clark.

History[edit]

The Department of Municipal Affairs was established in 1934 by the Department of Municipal Affairs Act, which was passed in 1935. It inherited the municipal administrative and regulatory functions which had briefly been the responsibility of the Ontario Municipal Board. Initially, it was responsible for supervising the affairs of the municipalities whose real property tax-revenue base had collapsed during the Depression. After The Second World War, it became more involved in the provision of administrative and financial advice and support to municipalities.

From 1947 until 1955, the Minister of Municipal Affairs acted as the Registrar General, and the Office of the Registrar General was attached to the department. This office was transferred to the Department of the Provincial Secretary in 1955.

In April 1972, the department was dissolved, with most of its functions being transferred to the newly created Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Inter-governmental Affairs, but with the assessment function being given to the Ministry of Revenue.

In 1973, the Ministry of Housing was established by The Ministry of Housing Act, inheriting the Plans Administration Branch from the Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as the Ontario Housing Corporation from the Ministry of Revenue.

In 1981, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing was formed by the consolidation of municipal affairs functions into the Ministry of Housing.

List of Ministers[edit]

Name Term of office Name Term of office Political party
(Ministry)
Note
Minister of Municipal Affairs
David Croll July 10, 1934 April 14, 1937 Liberal
(Hepburn)
Eric Cross October 12, 1937 November 22, 1940
Thomas McQuesten November 22, 1940 October 21, 1942
October 21, 1942 May 18, 1943 Liberal
(Conant)
Eric Cross May 18, 1943 August 17, 1943 Liberal
(Nixon)
George Dunbar August 17, 1943 October 19, 1948 PC
(Drew)
October 19, 1948 May 4, 1949 PC
(Kennedy)
May 4, 1949 August 17, 1955 PC
(Frost)
Bill Goodfellow August 17, 1955 November 1, 1956
Bill Warrender November 1, 1956 November 8, 1961
Fred Cass November 8, 1961 October 25, 1962 PC
(Robarts)
Wilf Spooner October 25, 1962 November 23, 1967
Darcy McKeough November 23, 1967 March 1, 1971
Dalton Bales March 1, 1971 February 2, 1972 PC
(Davis)
Darcy McKeough February 2, 1972 April 7, 1972
Treasurer, Minister of Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs
Darcy McKeough April 10, 1972 September 7, 1972 Municipal affairs functions were discharged by Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Inter-governmental Affairs from 1972 to 1981
Charles MacNaughton September 7, 1972 January 15, 1973
John White January 15, 1973 June 18, 1975 Minister of Housing
Bob Welch November 7, 1973 February 26, 1974
Sid Handleman February 26, 1974 October 7, 1974
Donald Roy Irvine October 7, 1974 October 7, 1975
Darcy McKeough June 18, 1975 August 16, 1978
John Rhodes October 7, 1975 January 21, 1978
Claude Bennett January 31, 1978 July 3, 1981
Frank Miller August 16, 1978 August 18, 1978 Miller continues to be Treasurer and Minister of Economics until July 6, 1983
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Tom Wells August 18, 1978 February 8, 1985 Municipal affairs functions were transferred to the re-created ministry in 1981
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Claude Bennett July 3, 1981 February 8, 1985
Dennis Timbrell February 8, 1985 June 26, 1985 PC
(Miller)
Minister of Municipal Affairs Minister of Housing
Bernard Grandmaitre June 26, 1985 September 29, 1987 Alvin Curling June 26, 1985 September 29, 1987 Liberal
(Peterson)
John Eakins September 29, 1987 August 2, 1989 Chaviva Hošek September 29, 1987 October 1, 1989
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
John Sweeney August 2, 1989 October 1, 1990
Dave Cooke October 1, 1990 July 31, 1991 NDP
(Rae)
Minister of Municipal Affairs Minister of Housing
Dave Cooke July 31, 1991 February 3, 1993 Evelyn Gigantes July 31, 1991 August 18, 1994
Ed Philip February 3, 1993 June 26, 1995 Richard Allen August 22, 1994 June 26, 1995
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Al Leach June 26, 1995 June 17, 1999 PC
(Harris)
Steve Gilchrist June 17, 1999 October 25, 1999
Tony Clement October 25, 1999 February 8, 2001
Chris Hodgson February 8, 2001 April 15, 2002
April 15, 2002 January 13, 2003 PC
(Eves)
Tina Molinari served as Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Responsible for Urban Affairs from April 15, 2002 to October 22, 2003
Helen Johns January 14, 2003 February 25, 2003 Appointed as interim minister
David Young February 25, 2003 October 22, 2003 Ernie Hardeman served as Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Responsible for Rural Affairs from February 25, 2003 to October 22, 2003
John Gerretsen October 23, 2003 October 15, 2007 Liberal
(McGuinty)
Jim Watson October 30, 2007 January 12, 2010
John Gerretsen January 12, 2010 January 18, 2010
Jim Bradley January 18, 2010 August 18, 2010
Rick Bartolucci August 18, 2010 October 20, 2011
Kathleen Wynne October 20, 2011 November 5, 2012
Bob Chiarelli November 5, 2012 February 11, 2013 Appointed as interim minister
Linda Jeffrey February 11, 2013 March 25, 2014 Liberal
(Wynne)
Bill Mauro March 25, 2014 June 24, 2014
Ted McMeekin June 24, 2014 June 13, 2016
Minister of Municipal Affairs Minister of Housing
Bill Mauro June 13, 2016 June 29, 2018 Chris Ballard June 13, 2016 July 31, 2017
Peter Milczyn July 31, 2017 June 29, 2018
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Steve Clark June 29, 2018 incumbent PC
(Ford)

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