Michael Chan was first elected to the Ontario legislature as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham in a byelection in 2007. He was then elected as the MPP for Markham-Unionville in 2007, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014.
Since first being elected to Queen’s Park, Michael Chan has served continuously in Cabinet as Minister of Revenue, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
During his previous tenure as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, he focused on enhancing Ontario’s ability to attract jobs and skilled employees and worked to expand the province’s Bridge Training Programs that assist newcomers with economic integration.
As the longest serving Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, he strengthened Ontario’s reputation as a premier destination for investment in multiple sectors, overseeing key priorities of economic growth with the expansion of the Celebrate Ontario program, the creation of the Ontario Music Fund, the successful implementation of Regional Tourism Offices throughout the province, and developing a sustainable long-term plan for a revitalized Ontario Place. In his capacity as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games he has also ensured the largest multi-sport event in Canadian history will showcase Ontario’s reputation as a world-class sport host and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
He is currently serving as Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Minister Chan looks forward to continue his work in harnessing the province’s creative and diverse potential to attract international investment and build opportunities for all Ontarians.
Prior to embarking on his political career, Chan — who emigrated from Hong Kong more than 40 years ago and has lived in Markham since 1995 — owned and operated an insurance brokerage firm.
Chan and his wife, Elaine, live in Markham with their two sons, Alex and Brian.