Premier of Ontario

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Premier of Ontario
Coat of arms of Ontario (HM Government).svg
Hon Kathleen Wynne MPP Premier of Ontario.jpg
Kathleen Wynne

since February 11, 2013
Style The Honourable
Member of
Reports to Legislative Assembly
Seat Queen's Park, Toronto
Appointer Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder John Sandfield Macdonald
Formation July 16, 1867[1]
Salary $208,974 [2]

The Premier of Ontario (French: Premier ministre de l'Ontario) is the first minister of the Crown for the Canadian province of Ontario and the province’s head of government. The 25th and current Premier is Kathleen Wynne of the Ontario Liberal Party, in office since February 11, 2013.

The Premier-designate is Doug Ford, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, who won the 2018 general election. Ford is set to be appointed Premier by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on June 29, 2018.


The premier is appointed as the province's head of government by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and presides over the Executive Council, or Cabinet. The Executive Council Act stipulates that the leader of the government party is known as the "Premier and President of the Council". The position was formally that of "Prime Minister of Ontario" until the ministry of Bill Davis who formally changed the title to "Premier of Ontario".[3]

The current Premier of Ontario is Kathleen Wynne; she was sworn in on February 11, 2013, and became Ontario's first female premier and Canada's first openly gay premier.[4] The longest serving premier is Sir Oliver Mowat, who was in office from 1872 to 1896. Ontario's first premier was John Sandfield Macdonald.

The Office of the Premier of Ontario includes a number of committees:

  • Priorities and Planning Committee
  • Cabinet Committee on Emergency Management
  • Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet
  • Legislation and Regulations Committee
  • Health, Education and Social Policy Committee
  • Jobs and Economic Policy Committee[5]

Parliamentary Assistants

See also


  1. ^ "John Sandfield Macdonald, MPP". Legislative Assembly website. Legislative Assembly on Ontario. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ontario's Sunshine List of top salaries for public sector grows - CBC News". Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Twenty-five years ago, the end of a double life". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 3 June 2018. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (February 11, 2013). "Kathleen Wynne cabinet: Ontario's new premier names her team - National Post". National Post. 
  5. ^ "Office of the Premier of Ontario - committees". Retrieved 3 June 2018. 

External links

  • Premier of Ontario Official Site
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