Minister of Finance
Charles Sousa is Ontario’s Minister of Finance and MPP for Mississauga South. He also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet. As Minister of Finance, Charles is championing a first-of-its-kind provincial pension plan to help ensure that Ontarians can retire with security and peace of mind. He is also responsible for the Supporting Small Businesses Act, which cut taxes for 60,000 businesses, and for negotiating a deal to establish a Cooperative Securities Regulator.
Charles possesses an extensive background in the financial sector. Before entering government, he worked at RBC Financial Group for more than 20 years in commercial banking. Prior to that, he owned and operated a financing company supporting small businesses. He also served as a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade, and as a director of the American Chamber of Commerce.
Charles has helped various community charitable events such as the United Way, the Rainbow Ball Foundation of Mississauga and the Community Foundation of Mississauga. He also served as an ambassador for the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation. Charles continues to support his community with his annual Turkey Drive for the Mississauga Food Bank and The Compass.
Charles’ commitment to community service earned him the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. In 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Charles also received the Order of Merit from the Republic of Portugal in 2009.