Tracy MacCharles

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The Honourable
Tracy MacCharles
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Pickering—Scarborough East
Assumed office
October 6, 2011
Preceded by Wayne Arthurs
Personal details
Born 1963 (age 53–54)
West Hill, Toronto
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Stephen Little
Children 2
Residence Pickering, Ontario
Profession Human resources

Tracy MacCharles (born c. 1963) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2011. She represents the riding of Pickering—Scarborough East. She is a member of cabinet in the government of Kathleen Wynne.


MacCharles was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario.[1] She went to Brock University where she obtained a degree in Business and Public Administration. She worked in human resources management in various roles including Vice President of Human Resources at Manulife Financial. She was chair of the Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Council and was a member of the Durham Board of Education’s Special Education Advisory Committee.[2]

She lives in Pickering with her husband Stephen Little and their two children.[3]


MacCharles ran in the 2011 provincial election as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Pickering—Scarborough East. She defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Kevin Gaudet by 5,168 votes.[4][5] She was easily re-elected in the 2014 election defeating Gaudet again, this time by 10,505 votes.[6]

On November 10, 2011, MacCharles was appointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services. On February 11, 2013 she was sworn in as Minister of Consumer Services under new Premier Kathleen Wynne.[7] On June 24, 2014 she was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services as well as Minister responsible for Women's Issues.[8]

On April 5, 2016, MacCharles announced changes in the autism services program, which included opening up 16,000 new spaces with an investment of $333 million additional dollars to the program. However, the announced changes also included removing children with autism over the age of five from the IBI waitlist to the ABA waitlist, and giving the families an $8000 stipend for these children to receive treatment.[9] The move was resisted by some parents and expert groups causing the government to revise the changes two months later at which time she was demoted in cabinet from a full minister to a Minister without portfolio.[10][11][12][13][14]

On January 12, 2017, she was promoted to the position of Minister of Government and Consumer Services, a move precipitated by the resignation of David Orazietti in December 2016.[15]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Marie-France Lalonde Minister of Government and Consumer Services
Also responsible for accessibility issues
' Minister without portfolio
Responsible for accessibility and women's issues
Teresa Piruzza Minister of Children and Youth Services
Also responsible for women's issues
Michael Coteau
Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Margarett Best Minister of Consumer Services
David Orazietti

Election results[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Tracy MacCharles 23,206 52.0 5.3
Progressive Conservative Kevin Gaudet 12,638 28.3 -5.1
New Democratic Eileen Higdon 6,600 14.8 -1.7
Green Anthony Navarro 1,564 3.5 0.7
Libertarian Scott Hoefig 463 1.1 0.5
Freedom Matt Oliver 193 0.4
Total valid votes 44,664 100.0
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Tracy MacCharles 18,201 46.7
Progressive Conservative Kevin Gaudet 13,033 33.4
New Democratic Nerissa Carino 6,424 16.5
Green Kevin Smith 1,096 2.8
Libertarian Heath Thomas 252 0.6
Total valid votes 39,006 100.0 14.5


  1. ^ O’Connell, Carleigh (October 29, 2011). "Liberal rookie MacCharles wins Pickering-Scarborough East Riding". Centennial Journalism. 
  2. ^ "Biography: Tracy MacCharles". Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Milley, Danielle (October 17, 2011). "New Pickering-Scarborough East MPP has roots in West Hill community". Scarborough Mirror. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 14. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ Peat, Don (October 6, 2011). "Tories fail to break through in GTA". Toronto Sun. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "General Election by District: Pickering—Scarborough East". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ont. February 12, 2013. p. A3. 
  8. ^ Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star. 
  9. ^ Jones, Allison (5 April 2016). "Ontario kids with autism aged 5 and older cut off from government-paid therapy". CBC News. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Nazareth, Errol. "Ontario parents of autistic children blast government over cuts to intensive therapy". CBC News. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Murthy, Roshni. "Changes in autism treatment program puts children at risk, critics say". CityNews. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Jones, Allison. "Autism treatment funding changes protested at Queen's Park". CTV News. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Jones, Allison. "Expert behind Ontario autism decisions speaks out". CTV News. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Gordon, Andrea. "Ontario backs off controversial autism changes, boosts services after parents protest". Toronto Star. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Kathleen Wynne appoints new corrections minister in small cabinet shuffle". CBC News. January 12, 2017. 

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