About the Ministry
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Hon. Deb Matthews, Ph.D.
Deb Matthews was re-elected into the riding of London North Centre in 2011 for a third consecutive term, and currently serves as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier. She has served as Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.
As Minister of Children and Youth Services, Deb introduced The Poverty Reduction Act in 2009, which legislates an ongoing government commitment to poverty reduction. She is particularly proud of the key role she played in the establishment of the Ontario Child Benefit, a cornerstone of the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
In her role as the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, she introduced the Excellent Care for All Act, spearheaded the initiative to significantly reduce the cost of prescription drugs in Ontario and led the negotiations that resulted in a new deal with doctors in 2012. Guided by the Action Plan for Health Care, Deb is committed to transforming health care delivery to create a system that is more responsive to patients and delivers better value for taxpayers.
Deb has been actively involved in community organizations in the London area throughout her life. She served as President of Big Sisters of London and coordinated the capital campaign for the Boys and Girls Club of London. Deb’s annual community book drive has collected tens of thousands of books destined for young readers.
Parliamentary Assistants to the Minister
MPP Oak Ridges - Markham