Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services

Lisa MacLeod

Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues

Lisa MacLeod is Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues.

She was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2006 as MPP for Nepean-Carleton. She was the youngest MPP in that parliament, and the youngest Conservative woman elected in Ontario, federally or provincially. MacLeod was re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2018.

She has co-sponsored a number of bills passed by the legislature, including Rowan's Law (Canada's first concussion legislation) and bills to proclaim Lebanese Heritage Month and Trans Day of Remembrance. As well, MacLeod has received all-party support for action to make Queen's Park family friendly, defend Ontario's horseracing industry and adopt a motion on compassionate and catastrophic care.

She has been awarded the Friendship Medal by the Royal Canadian Legion and a commendation by St. John's Ambulance. MacLeod was the 2018 EVE Award Recipient from Equal Voice for her work with Daughters of the Vote and liveable legislatures. She has been named to Ottawa Life magazine's lists of Top 50 People in the Capital and Top 25 People in the Capital. MacLeod has also been named Favourite Ottawa MPP by Faces magazine.

She has authored a cookbook, "I'd Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends." She has also coached her daughter in sports, including as the trainer on the Nepean Girls Wildcats hockey team.

Before her election as an MPP, MacLeod served as an advisor to Nepean-Carleton legislators at all three levels of government. She also spent time as a political commentator on local TV and radio, and worked in a management program at Sobeys.

MacLeod has a B.A. Honours in political science from St. Francis Xavier University, and has studied at the Masters level in Intelligence Studies at American Military University.

She lives in Nepean with her husband, Joseph Varner, and their daughter, Victoria.