Biography : Madeleine Meilleur

Madeleine Meilleur

Political Career

  • Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, October 2011 – March 2014
  • Minister of Community and Social Services, April 2006 – October 2011
  • Minister of Culture, October 2003 – April 2006
  • Municipal Councillor, Ottawa
  • Municipal Councillor, Vanier
  • Council Member, Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton


  • LLB, University of Ottawa, 1983
  • Montfort Hospital School of Nursing, 1970

Personal and Family Life

  • Married (Marc) with two children

Memberships and Associations

  • Ottawa-Carleton Regional District Health Council
  • Champlain District Health Council
  • Ottawa-Carleton Children’s Aid Society
  • Vanier Housing Corporation

Honours and Awards

  • National Order of the Legion of Honour, Government of France, 2012
  • Le prix d’Excellence, Le Réseau socioactif des femmes francophones, 2002
  • Community Builder’s Award, United Way, 2001

Executive Biography

Madeleine Meilleur was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as MPP for Ottawa Vanier. She was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014.

Meilleur is the Attorney General and the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. She has previously served as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister of Culture.

Meilleur led the passage of laws promoting the social inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities and giving Ontarians access to open adoption records. She also spearheaded efforts to introduce a new and strengthened Ontario Heritage Act, concluding 30 years of effort to provide better heritage protection.

As Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Meilleur has helped build stronger French communities through investments in education and health services, including the expansion of the Montfort Hospital. She also achieved the independence of the French TV channel TFO, the creation of the office of the French-language services Commissioner and the creation of Franco-Ontarian Day on September 25th.

Prior to entering provincial politics, Meilleur was a council member in the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton and a municipal councillor in Vanier and then Ottawa. She also represented Ottawa’s council on the French-Language Services Advisory Committee.

Meilleur is a registered nurse and a lawyer, specializing in labour and employment law.

Meilleur and her husband, Marc, have two children.