Tracy MacCharles was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2011 as the MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East. She was re-elected in 2014.
MacCharles currently serves as Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues.
MacCharles has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She was Vice-President of Human Resources at Manulife Financial for the Corporate and Information Technology Divisions. In 2004, she established her own Human Resources practice focused on health care, community health, education, employment, human rights, discrimination prevention and business effectiveness.
MacCharles is a champion for disability advocacy. She is a former Chair of the Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Council and also served on the Durham Board of Education's Special Education Advisory Committee. She has been an active volunteer in her community and at the provincial level for numerous charities, including the Canadian Cancer Society – Scarborough Unit and the Ontario Division Board, the Big Sisters Association of Ajax-Pickering, the United Way and as Chair of her local School Community Council.
MacCharles is also an active volunteer in numerous charities. She received the City of Pickering's Civic Award and the Volunteer of Distinction Award from Rosebank Road Public School.
MacCharles and her husband, Stephen, live in Pickering with their two children, Travis and Geneviève.