About Kathleen

Never Stop

For the past year, Kathleen Wynne has been showing us her strength, her vision and her determination. No matter how rough the road, no matter how great the challenge, Kathleen won’t stop until she’s reached her goal — a brighter future for people in every corner of this province. 

Biography

Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier and the first woman to serve in that role. First elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, she became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January, 2013.

Kathleen has demonstrated leadership, energy, and an ability to bring opposing sides to the table to find real, creative solutions to complex challenges.  She is dedicated to building a better province for all the people of Ontario by providing high-quality services in the most efficient manner. She is guided by the values that knit this province together: fairness, diversity, collaboration and creativity.

Highlights of her first year as Premier and Minister of Agriculture include a new Youth Jobs strategy, an unprecedented investment in transit and transportation, a new Jobs plan to attract and keep businesses in Ontario and a new Local Food Act that will promote putting more food from Ontario’s farmers on our tables.

In Don Valley West, Kathleen has been instrumental in strengthening the community through her efforts – recent highlights include:

  • The new first-ever full-day kindergarten school, Fraser Mustard Academy in Thorncliffe.  Serving 700 students and saving families up to $6,500 per year in child care costs
  • $500K to the Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field
  • New rink at Leaside Memorial Gardens

Health investments such as the new Temerty Breast Cancer Clinic at Sunnybrook , Family Health Teams and more new free vaccines

  • Support for Glendon College to expand French programming
  • New concussion research centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Support to the Canadian Film Centre for the new Northern Dancer Pavilion
  • Supporting CNIB’s digital library
  • New exhibition The AstraZeneca Human Edge at the Ontario Science Centre

Before she became Premier, Kathleen held several cabinet positions. Appointed Minister of Education in 2006, Kathleen led the government’s efforts to reduce class sizes, implement full-day kindergarten, increase graduation rates and provide more opportunities for high school students to reach their full potential. During Kathleen’s tenure as the Minister of Transportation (2010-11), she secured a new transit expansion plan for Toronto including the Eglinton-Scarborough LRT, and oversaw Ontario’s largest highway investments, including the Highway 407 East Extension and the Windsor-Essex Parkway.

As the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (appointed in 2011), she finalized a new funding agreement with the federal government to improve access to affordable housing. In her role as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (appointed in 2011), Kathleen worked in partnership with First Nations communities to address issues such as mining development and First Nations land claims, and the improvement of the quality of life for aboriginals living off-reserve through affordable housing and recreation programs.

Before entering provincial politics, Kathleen served as a Public School Trustee in Toronto. She led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects, and played a major role as an organizer and facilitator. This experience was fundamental in shaping her results-based approach to life, government and community.

Kathleen holds Master’s degrees in Linguistics and in adult education respectively from the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She also completed a course in mediation training at Harvard University.

Kathleen has three children, Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and three grandchildren, Olivia, Claire and Hugh. She and her partner Jane have lived in North Toronto for more than 25 years.