Minister of Community and Social Services

Mandate letter
(September 23, 2016)

The Honourable Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

Dr. Helena Jaczek is Minister of Community and Social Services, Chair of Cabinet and Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Oak Ridges-Markham, where she was first elected in October 2007 and re-elected in October 2011 and in June 2014.

Minister Jaczek has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of the Environment, Health and Long-Term Care and Health Promotion and has also served on many Standing and Select Committees, including the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Health, Education and Social Policy and is a member of the Ministers’ Table on Mental Wellness, established to advance improvements in the mental health system.

Minister Jaczek holds a medical degree and Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto, certification from the Canadian College of Family Physicians and Canadian College of Health Service Executives and a Master of Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business.

After many years in general practice on staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Jaczek became the Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner of Health Services for The Regional Municipality of York where - for 18 years - she had responsibility for public health, land ambulance and long-term care for more than one million people.

Minister Jaczek’s involvement with numerous health and community organizations has earned her prestigious awards from the University of Toronto’s Public Health Sciences Alumni association, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies and York Region. In 2016, Dr. Jaczek received the Ontario Psychological Association Public Service Award and the Ontario Medical Association, Life Membership Award. In April 2017, she was awarded the Helen Keller Award by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons and the Canadian Helen Keller Centre for the contributions she has made to hearing and visually impaired Ontarians.