December 30, 2016

Ms. Amrit Mangat
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1A4

Dear Ms. Mangat:

I am honoured to have you as my parliamentary assistant, and thank you for the valuable support that you will provide me in this crucial role. It is a pleasure to have you as my parliamentary assistant for Women’s Issues, and I look forward to working closely with you to ensure that both ministry and overall government objectives are achieved.

At this mid-point of our mandate — and after having achieved two years of real and tangible progress — we are redoubling our efforts to deliver on our top priority — economic growth and good jobs. Our balanced plan to build Ontario up for everyone will deliver real benefits and more inclusive growth that will help people in their everyday lives. We will do this by continuing to invest in better infrastructure, more affordable and accessible postsecondary education, a competitive, low-carbon economy and improved retirement security.

Responsible fiscal management remains an overarching priority for our government, and, thanks to our disciplined approach, we are on track to balance the budget next year, in 2017-18.

The mandate letter I received in September from Premier Wynne sets out my specific priorities as minister for the coming two years. Parliamentary assistants play a key role in meeting these priorities and in helping put our government’s plan into action.

Our work will play a key role in promoting gender equality across Ontario by focusing on protecting women from violence, supporting women’s economic empowerment and ensuring more women have the opportunity to reach leadership positions. Together, we will work to ensure every woman and girl can participate as a full member of society, exercise her rights and enjoy her fundamental freedoms.

As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues your specific responsibilities include:

  • Reaching out to diverse cultural communities to ensure that the work of the Ontario Women’s Directorate reflects the diversity of women in Ontario.
  • Supporting our government’s efforts in the development of a government-wide approach to the economic empowerment of women that addresses the needs of women at all economic levels. This will include working with women’s groups, service providers, community leaders and other experts across Ontario, and involving them in our government’s efforts to create a fair, equitable and prosperous Ontario.

A tremendous opportunity lies before us — to ensure that our ministry’s mandate is fully and effectively implemented, to continue to build Ontario up and to deliver real benefits to all Ontarians.


Original signed by

The Honourable Tracy MacCharles
Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues