Last updated Aug 24, 2015
Michael Coteau was first elected to the legislature in 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley East. He was re-elected in 2014 and again in 2018. Michael served as a Minister under the previous government, and held several portfolios including Community and Social Services, Children and Youth Services, the Anti-Racism Directorate, Tourism, Culture and Sport, the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games and Citizenship and Immigration. He currently serves as the Ontario Liberal Party Critic for Infrastructure, Energy, Labour, Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade.
Prior to entering the provincial government, Michael was elected as a school board trustee for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in 2003, 2006 and 2010. As a trustee, Michael advocated for student nutrition, community use of space and the use of educational technology. He initiated the 'Community Use of Schools' motion that drastically cut user fees and made schools more accessible to groups that offer programs for children. He helped introduce nutritional changes in schools that supported healthy food programs and increased awareness of student hunger.
Michael worked as an ESL instructor and curriculum developer before becoming a community organizer for a United Way agency in Scarborough. He was also the Marketing Manager for ABC Life Literacy, where he was responsible for the organizing of the Family Literacy Day across Canada, and was Executive Director of Alpha Plus, a national literacy organization mandated to support adult education through the use of technology.
Michael grew up in Don Valley East and attended Don Mills Middle School and Victoria Park Collegiate Institute. He holds degrees from Carleton University in both Political Science and Canadian History. He and his wife Lori live in Toronto with their two daughters, Maren and Myla.
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