Monte McNaughton is Ontario's Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development and the Member of the Provincial Parliament for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.
Raised in Newbury, Monte values hard work, community service and standing up for the little guy. He got his passion for public service from helping customers solve their problems while working the shop floor at his family’s Home Hardware store.
Monte was drawn to community service and elected to municipal council at the age of 20. He was re-elected twice before running to be a member of Ontario's Provincial Parliament. In 2009 and 2010 he served as President of the Strathroy and District Chamber of Commerce, and he served on the board of Four Counties General Hospital Foundation.
"Ontario is a province of opportunity, where hard work pays off and big dreams come to life. We are a province where passionate and determined people can build extraordinary things." - Monte McNaughton
Monte was elected as MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014, 2018 and 2022.
In government, he first served as Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, introducing legislation to expand natural gas to rural Ontario and tabling a plan to deliver high-speed internet to poorly served parts of the province.
As Ontario's Minister of Labour, since June 2019, he has worked to rebalance the scales and put workers in the driver’s seat. Monte met with more than 150 labour leaders in his first four months on the job.
The legislation he introduced is making it easier for more people to begin well-paying careers in the trades and helping keep Ontario as the best place for people to work, live and raise a family.
"We’re working for workers, so they can live and raise a family in our great province." - Monte McNaughton
Monte attended elementary and high school in Glencoe and graduated from Westervelt Business College in London. He later completed executive programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.
Monte, his wife Kate and their daughter, Annie, live in Mt. Brydges, Ontario.