A well known figure in Ottawa, Bob Chiarelli was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on March 4, 2010 in a byelection in the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean. MPP Chiarelli currently serves as Minister of Infrastructure where he successfully introduced Ontario’s Long-Term Infrastructure Program; negotiated a $31 billion bilateral agreement with the federal government to support transit, green, and community infrastructure projects; launched Ontario’s broadband strategy; and supported community hubs across the province. He also previously has served as Minister of Energy, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Minister of Transportation.
Bob also served as the Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton and was later elected the first Mayor of the amalgamated City of Ottawa. He has been a champion of public transit, including clean light-rail expansion, and helped build over $150 million in new recreational and health care infrastructure in Ottawa neighbourhoods. A strong financial manager, Bob ensured Ottawa maintained its Triple-A fiscal rating under his leadership. Bob was the MPP for the riding of Ottawa West from 1987 to 1997.
Bob Chiarelli has been a passionate community advocate all his life. Born and raised in Ottawa's Little Italy as the youngest of seven children, Bob earned his law degree at the University of Ottawa and set up a community-based legal practice. Always actively involved in his community, Bob worked to modernize the refugee claim process and give low-income Ottawa residents better access to affordable housing.
Beyond public office, Bob has remained actively committed to his community, serving as Vice-Chair of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, as Member of the Board of Peace Camp Ottawa, the Ottawa Housing Authority, and the National Capital Commission, and as a fundraising volunteer with Citizen Advocacy.
Bob and his partner, Randi Hansen, live in Ottawa. He enjoys spending time with his adult children and two grandchildren.