Last updated Aug 24, 2015
Bill Mauro was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. He was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014.
Mauro currently serves as Minister of Municipal Affairs. He was previously Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry from June 2014 - June 2016 and named the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in March 2014. He has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, the Minister of Natural Resources, and the Minister of Government Services.
As an MPP, he introduced Private Members’ Bills on a number of matters of public interest. In October 2013, he put forward a bill supporting the spring bear hunt. The government subsequently implemented a two-year Spring Bear Hunt Pilot in May 2014. He presented a bill that called for increasing the proportion of Canadian content in provincially-funded mass transit vehicles, which resulted in the government introducing a 25 per cent Canadian content requirement for mass transit vehicles in Ontario. He also introduced bills proposing an expansion of OHIP coverage for celiac and prostate cancer testing, as well as increased use of wood in mid-rise structures and publicly-funded buildings.
Before becoming an MPP, Mauro served on Thunder Bay City Council, chaired the city’s finance committee and was a board member of Thunder Bay Hydro. He has also served on the boards of the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, the Children’s Aid Society and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
As a proud resident of Thunder Bay, Bill has helped deliver angioplasty surgery to the Northwest, a new Long-Term Care Home, a Law School at Lakehead University, increased funding for Local Roads Boards, a new Courthouse, secured critical infrastructure investments to help establish the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute and billions of dollars in contracts for Bombardier – creating hundreds of local jobs. He also successfully fought to keep the Thunder Bay and Atikokan Generating Stations open.
He is a graduate of Lakehead University Ontario College of Teachers and was employed as a property manager for more than 10 years before becoming elected to public office.
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