Minister's Biography

Honourable David Orazietti


Honourable David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources
Hon. David Orazietti
Minister of Natural Resources

David Orazietti was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 and represents the riding of Sault Ste. Marie. He was appointed Minister of Natural Resources in February 2013.


Orazietti has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and the Minister of Northern Development and Mines. He served as Chair of the Liberal Caucus, Chair of the Northern Caucus, Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy and as a member of the Cabinet Committee on Education Policy.


Orazietti is a third generation Sault Ste. Marie resident who served two terms as a city councilor while also working as a full-time secondary school teacher for 10 years. David worked for the Algoma District School Board and served as the President of the Sault and Algoma Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation.


During his time as a city councilor, Orazietti also served on numerous boards and committees, including the Public Utilities Commission, John Rhodes Expansion Committee, Algoma University College Board of Governors, Ward Boundary Review Committee, Sault Ste. Marie Teen Centre Committee, Hospital Redevelopment Joint Committee, Council Physician Recruitment Committee and the International Relations Committee. He has also served as Chair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.


Orazietti's Private Member's Bills, including improving the northern health travel grant, increasing access to the breast cancer screening program, protecting children from second hand smoke in vehicles, 4-laning the Highway 17 portion of the Trans-Canada Highway, and consumer protection for cell phone users, continue to help make Ontario a better place to live.


Orazietti and his wife, Jane, have two children, Olivia and Alexander.