OACAS looks forward to working with Cabinet announced today and all MPPs to advance the needs of children, youth, families, and communities in Ontario

Today Premier Ford announced his Cabinet at Queen’s Park and the portfolio for children and youth has been appointed to Hon. Lisa MacLeod (Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. Ms. Amy Fee was also announced as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services (Children and Autism).

The new Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is responsible for all former MCSS and MCYS programs, with the exception of youth mental health. Settlement and immigration issues will also fall within this new Ministry. The Deputy Minister for the Ministry is Janet Menard, who was formerly the Deputy Minister of MCSS. Nancy Matthews moves to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport.

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) has recently launched our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and we look forward to working with the new Cabinet and all MPPs to build an effective children’s services system that supports all children, youth, families, and communities in Ontario.

During the election campaign period, OACAS and our member agencies actively engaged candidates with our #childwelfarevotes campaign to share how we can build a stronger Ontario for children, youth, and families.

“Together with the government, we can inspire transformative and systemic change in child welfare to help children, youth, families, and communities thrive.”

– Mary Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

Resources:

Doug Ford and Cabinet to be Sworn-in as Ontario’s First Ever Government for the People
(June 29, 2018)

Premier Ford Announces Parliamentary Assistant Assignments as Part of Ontario’s Government for the People
(June 29, 2018)

Deputy Minister Appointments
(June 29, 2018)

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