About the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs

In June 2007, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs was created to replace the Ontario Secretariat of Aboriginal Affairs. This step reflected the importance of developing a stronger, broader partnership with Aboriginal people in Ontario. The Ministry works to ensure a better future for almost 300,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit Ontarians.

Minister David Zimmer

David Zimmer was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 for the riding of Willowdale. He was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in February 2013.
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What we do

The Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs:

  • promotes collaboration and coordination across ministries on Aboriginal policy and programs
  • sets priorities for and tracks the progress of Ontario's Aboriginal agenda
  • enhances government's awareness of Aboriginal people, issues and best practices for consulting and engaging with Aboriginal people
  • works with the federal government to find ways to make the most of federal funding
  • helps Aboriginal people to access Ontario government programs, services and information
  • reforms the land claims process to help address historical grievances
  • encourages diversity, especially representation of Aboriginal people, in the Ontario Public Service

Quick facts

  • Year created:  2007
  • Number of employees: 150
  • Total operating budget, 2011-12: $71 Million


Ontario’s new Mining Act includes Aboriginal communities in developing Ontario’s rich mineral resources.

The act was created with input from First Nations and Métis communities. The Government of Ontario invested $1+ million to support their active participation.