Minister Michael Coteau: Dismantling Racism in Ontario is Key to Canada’s Success11:45am-1:30pm | InterContinental Hotel - 225 Front Street W. , Toronto
In an era of racial tension and social anxiety across North America, a frank, open discussion with policymakers on racism in Canada is as necessary now, as ever before. The Government of Ontario is leading the charge to build a more just, inclusive society through its Anti-Racism Directorate.
According to Statistics Canada, by 2031, more than 40 per cent of Ontarians could be visible minorities. With a workforce of 7 million, and immigration increasingly driving population growth, dismantling racism can and should start in Ontario. Moving forward, the Anti-Racism Directorate will take concrete steps to eliminate systemic racism and promote greater inclusion within government and beyond.
Join us on March 29 as Minister Michael Coteau, the Minister responsible for Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and MPP for a diverse Toronto riding (Don Valley East), offers a nuanced perspective on the far-reaching impacts of racism in Ontario and how dismantling the barriers it creates is key to Canada’s success.
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Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism
Government of Ontario
Michael Coteau was elected in 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley East. He currently serves as Minister of Children and Youth Services, as well as Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. Previously, he was Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as well as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, and before that, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Prior to entering the provincial government, Michael was elected as a school board trustee for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in 2003, 2006 and 2010. As a trustee, Michael advocated for student nutrition, community use of space and the use of educational technology. He initiated the 'Community Use of Schools' motion that drastically cut user fees and made schools more accessible to groups that offer programs for children. He helped introduce nutritional changes in schools that supported healthy food programs and increased awareness of student hunger.
Michael worked as an ESL instructor and curriculum developer before becoming a community organizer for a United Way agency in Scarborough. He was also the Marketing Manager for ABC Life Literacy, where he was responsible for the organizing of the Family Literacy Day across Canada, and was Executive Director of Alpha Plus, a national literacy organization mandated to support adult education through the use of technology.
Michael grew up in Don Valley East and attended Don Mills Middle School and Victoria Park Collegiate Institute. He holds degrees from Carleton University in both Political Science and Canadian History. He and his wife Lori live in Toronto with their two daughters, Maren and Myla.