Ross Romano was first elected to be the Member of Provincial Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie on June 1, 2017 in a provincial by-election. After a spending a year as a member of the Official Opposition serving as the Critic for Northern Ontario Jobs and the Ring of Fire, MPP Romano was re-elected as a member of the Ontario government and became the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, as well as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs. On June 20, 2019, Minister Romano was sworn into Ontario’s cabinet as the Minister of Colleges and Universities.
Minister Romano is committed to strengthening Ontario’s postsecondary education sector and research and innovation industries. He believes that any investment in Ontario’s postsecondary and research sectors is an investment in job creation, economic growth, and innovation. Minister Romano recognizes the impact that Ontario’s postsecondary and research sectors have on our communities and around the globe. Minister Romano’s vision is that Ontarians will continue to benefit from the scientific breakthroughs and innovative healthcare discoveries made in our province, and that colleges and universities will keep preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow. Minister Romano is committed to ensuring that Ontario’s postsecondary education sector and research sectors continue to be global leaders in innovation and community impact.