Biography : Michael Chan

Michael Chan

Michael Chan

Minister of International Trade

MPP Markham-Unionville

Political Career

  • Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, June 2014 – June 2016
  • Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, December 2011 – May 2014
  • Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, November 2012 – May 2014
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, October 2007 – January 2010, November 2012 – February 2013
  • Ministry of Tourism and Culture, January 2010 – December 2011
  • Minister of Revenue, February 2007 – October 2007

Personal and Family Life

  • Married (Elaine) with two sons, Alex and Brian

Memberships & Associations

  • Founder, Chinese Seniors Health and Recreation Association of Ontario
  • Markham Board of Trade and Advisory Council for the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery

Executive Biography

Michael Chan was first elected to the Ontario legislature as the MPP 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.

He is currently serving as Minister of International Trade, and prior to that was Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

During his tenure at Queen’s Park, Chan has also served as Minister of Revenue and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. In the latter role, 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.

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.