Premier of Ontario

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.

Premier of Ontario
Premier ministre de l'Ontario
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Doug Ford

since June 29, 2018
Executive Council of Ontario
StatusHead of Government
Member of
Reports to
SeatQueen's Park, Toronto
AppointerLieutenant Governor of Ontario;
with the confidence of the Ontario Legislature
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderJohn Sandfield Macdonald
FormationJuly 16, 1867
(153 years ago)
DeputyDeputy Premier of Ontario
Salary$208,974 (since 2008)[2]

Doug Ford is the 26th and current premier of Ontario. He took office on June 29, 2018, following the 2018 Ontario election where his Progressive Conservative (PC) party won a majority of seats in the Ontario Legislature.

Appointment and historyEdit

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 formerly styled "Prime Minister of Ontario" until the ministry of Bill Davis formally changed the title to premier.[3] Ontario's first premier was John Sandfield Macdonald, in office from 1867 to 1871. The longest serving premier in Ontario history was Sir Oliver Mowat, in office from 1872 to 1896.

Office of the Premier of OntarioEdit

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[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "John Sandfield Macdonald, MPP". Legislative Assembly website. Legislative Assembly on Ontario. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ontario MPPs salary freeze won't be lifted before 2019". CBC. January 20, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "Twenty-five years ago, the end of a double life". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Office of the Premier of Ontario - committees". Archived from the original on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2018.

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