TORONTO — Chris Ballard has been named Ontario’s new minister of the environment and climate change following the resignation of Glen Murray, who will remain MPP for Toronto Centre.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the changes to her cabinet on July 31.
Ballard moves from minister of housing and minister responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy to become the new minister of the environment.
Peter Milczyn, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, has been promoted to cabinet, appointed as the new minister of housing. He will also take over as the minister responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. In these roles, Milczyn will oversee Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan and will also work alongside Helena Jaczek, minister of community and social services, on implementing Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot, a release reads.
In addition, the Office of Francophone Affairs for Ontario will become a standalone ministry.
"With the resignation of Glen Murray from cabinet, we are taking advantage of the depth of talent in our caucus and making sure that our government can continue to work together to make a difference in people’s lives," said Wynne in a statement. "I want to thank Glen for the dedication he has always shown to his constituents and to people across Ontario as a cabinet minister."
Murray is moving on to the Pembina Institute, a 30-year-old think-tank that undertakes research, education, consulting and advocacy to advance clean energy solutions, a release reads. He will become the organization’s executive director Sept. 5, succeeding Ed Whittingham.