Minister of Housing
Chris Ballard was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 and represents the riding of Newmarket-Aurora. He recently served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Poverty Reduction, and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services.
Chris was a Councillor with the Town of Aurora before being elected to the Ontario legislature, and served as the Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee and Vice-Chair of the Town’s Secondary Plan (Places to Grow) Study. As a councilor, his focus was on developing a complete community and facilitating residents’ access to municipal government.
Chris began his career as a journalist, starting with the Aurora Banner and Newmarket Era, before moving to daily journalism. He worked in public affairs for the Scarborough Board of Education and launched a public affairs company more than 25 years ago. Chris was president of the Public Affairs Association of Canada and was made an honourary Lifetime Member for his work.
Chris worked on behalf of Ontario consumers with both the Consumers' Association of Canada, where he was Executive Director of the Ontario group, and as a founding board member of the Consumers Council of Canada. He is a strong advocate for consumer issues across the country.
Chris has first-hand understanding of the challenges facing Indigenous issues, having spent many years working for Dene and Gwich’in organizations in northern Canada.
Chris has had the opportunity to mentor young people as a part-time teacher at Centennial College, and has worked on behalf of seniors with the Ontario Long-Term Care Association. He is a member of both the Aurora Seniors’ Centre and the Aurora Legion.
As a volunteer, Chris stood with teachers during the turbulent education time of the 1990s, when he worked to build strong relationships among parents, teachers and school administrators by helping establish a successful School Council at his children's public school.
Chris Ballard was born and raised in rural King City. He and his wife Audrey raised their three children in Aurora.