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Unlocking Housing in Ontario: In Conversation with Minister Steve Clark

Thursday, November 25, 2021

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
Unlocking Housing in Ontario: In Conversation with Minister Steve Clark On How Ontario is Partnering with Municipalities to Make it Easier to Build the Right Mix of Homes

The Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, will discuss key issues regarding housing and affordability facing Ontarians today. This includes how the province is working to removing duplication and barriers to building homes and encouraging innovation. Additionally, Minister Clark will speak to his collaboration with municipalities, and how the province is providing them with the tools they need to unlock the full range of housing options in communities across Ontario, so that every Ontarian can find a home that meets their needs and budget.

The Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Legislature Assembly of Ontario

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Steve Clark

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Steve Clark is the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

He was first elected as the MPP for Leeds–Grenville in 2010, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. In 2018, he was re-elected as the MPP for the newly named riding of Leeds–Grenville–Thousands Islands and Rideau Lakes.

Steve gained attention across Canada in 1982 when — at the age of 22 and just out of university — he was elected Mayor of Brockville. He served three terms as mayor and, during his tenure, was also president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Prior to his election as Leeds-Grenville MPP, Steve was Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.

A proponent of education and physical fitness, Steve also helped raise $1.3 million for the Thousand Islands Secondary School Track Facility, one of the largest fundraising accomplishments for a public educational institution to date in this region.

Steve has been a community volunteer for more than 35 years. The many groups and committees he has served with include the Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands, St. Lawrence Lodge, the Brockville Braves hockey club, and the Brockville and Area YMCA.
Prior to the 2018 election and while in Opposition in the Legislature, Steve served as Opposition House Leader from 2014-2015; Deputy Leader, Official Opposition from 2015-2018; and Deputy Opposition House Leader from 2012-2014 and 2017-2018.

Steve is married to Deanna. Together they are the proud parents of a blended family with five children and five grandchildren.