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Navdeep Bains

Date of Birth: June 16, 1977
Political Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Occupation: Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Career Start: 2004
Residence: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Education: Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Windsor

Life Story

Bains was born in Toronto, Ontario on June 16, 1977 to Harminder and Balwinder Bains, entrepreneurial Indian Sikh immigrant parents.

Bains graduated from Turner Fenton Secondary School in Brampton, while it was known as J. A. Turner Secondary School and Turner Fenton Campus. After completing high school, Bains attended York University where he received his Bachelor of Administrative Studies. He then went on to finish his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Windsor. He received his Certified Management Accountant designation, subsequently becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2014.

Bains worked as a financial processing analyst at Nike Canada from 2000 to 2001. He also worked for the Ford Motor Company as a revenue and costing analyst from 2000 until 2004.

Political Career

Bains was the Ontario co-chair for the federal Liberal campaign, and was returned to the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election in the new riding of Mississauga Malton. On November 4, 2015, he was appointed the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. The next day, Bains announced that the mandatory long form census would be restored for 2016, after it was removed from the 2011 edition under the Harper government. Under Bains leadership, the 2016 Census response rate exceeded 98 percent, making it the most successful Census since 1666.

Bains is also the Registrar General of Canada, responsible for registering all letters patent, commissions, instruments, proclamations and any other documents that may, from time to time, be issued under the Great Seal of Canada.

A major focus of Bains mandate is to spur innovation and economic development in Canada. Following public consultations across Canada in the summer of 2016, he launched the Inclusive Innovation Agenda. Based on the consultations, the Bains identified three priority areas for Canada’s Innovation Agenda: finding better ways for more Canadians to get the skills the global economy demands (People), harnessing emerging tech that would create industries and jobs that never existed before as well as reinvigorate existing ones (Technology), and encouraging more Canadians to start and grow companies that are competitive in the global economy (Companies).

His portfolio also includes responsibility for the six regional development agencies across Canada: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED); Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (Can Nor); Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (Fed Dev Ontario); Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (Fed Nor); Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD).

In December 2016, he also launched Connect to Innovate, a program that will invest $500 million to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities across Canada. In 2018, Bains announced $950 million for a variety of national superclusters of innovation across the country. To date, Minister Bains has supported 37 projects, investing $389 million, leading to nearly $4.1 billion in total investments in the automotive sector. Bains locked in the manufacturing of the C-Series in Montréal, protecting 6,000 direct jobs in Ontario and Québec in the aerospace industry. He also launched Canada’s first-ever Intellectual Property Strategy.

The Hill Times featured Bains on the cover of their Power & Influence magazine in 2017. Dubbed the ‘Minister of Everything’ in the article, he was ranked 4th most influential, behind Justin Trudeau, Katie Telford and Gerald Butts. On April 7, 2017, CFIB’s Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategic Officer Laura Jones presented Minister Bains with a Golden Scissors Award” as a symbolic gesture of cutting through red tape shortly after Bains announced the interprovincial legislation entitled the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). He is a recipient of Startup Canada’s Policy Prize (2017). In 2017, Bains was listed in the Globe and Mail’s the Power 50. He is featured as the second influencer on the 2018 Bay Street Bull Power 50 list, and Apolitical listed him among the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.

Bains was the first candidate to be nominated for the 2019 election. Prime Minister Trudeau attended the nomination event in Mississauga, as well as a crowd of over 2,200 attendees.

All the promises made by the party

  • Appointed a gender-balanced cabinet
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a big step toward gender parity when he historically unveiled Canada’s first ever gender balanced cabinet.
  • New Canada Child Benefit
    The Canada Child Benefit gives more money to 9 out of 10 Canadians families, and lifts almost 300,000 children out of poverty.
  • Lowered taxes for middle class
    The middle class tax cut helps to strengthen the middle class, benefiting about 9 million Canadians each year. When middle class Canadians have more money in their pockets to save, invest, and grow the economy, we all benefit.
  • Increased taxes for the wealthiest 1%
    To help pay for the middle-class tax cut, we asked the wealthiest one per cent of Canadians to contribute a little more. Taken together, these changes give middle class Canadians a tax break by making taxes fairer.
  • Pan-Canadian plan for pricing carbon pollution
    Pricing carbon pollution is a crucial step toward reducing emissions, spurring innovation, and creating well-paying jobs, while protecting our air and water for our children and grandchildren.
  • Unmuzzled government scientists
    By unmuzzling government scientists and allowing them to share their expertise, the Liberal government has begun to restore science’s important role in national policy.
  • Reinstated the long-form census
    Canada’s long-form census makes it possible to include evidence-based decision making and reliable data in national policy creation. With a 98.4% response rate, Stats Canada experienced its “best census ever.”
  • Revitalized federal ocean science programs
    The hiring of 135 new aquatic scientists and new research partnerships is an important part of protecting Canada’s oceans, waterways, and fisheries.
  • Expansion and Protection of Rouge National Park
    The Liberal government continues to put Canada’s environment first by ensuring broad ecological protection of Rouge National Urban Park.
  • Strengthening the Canada Pension Plan
    Achieving an agreement in principle with provinces and territories to strengthen the CPP is a powerful step toward helping Canadians have a strong, secure and stable retirement.
  • Returned OAS eligibility to 65
    Returning the eligibility age back to 65 for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement prioritizes how we care for older Canadians. It will put thousands of dollars back in the pockets of Canadians as they become seniors.
  • Increased Guaranteed Income Supplement payments for single seniors
    Strengthening income security for Canada’s most vulnerable single seniors reaffirms the government’s commitment to helping low-income seniors. This will improve the financial security of about 900,000 single seniors across Canada.
  • New funding for women’s shelters
    Budget 2016 provides significant new funding to ensure shelters and transition homes have the resources to help women and their families. An important step forward in the fight to end violence against women.
  • More money for infrastructure
    An historic $120 billion investment in infrastructure over 10 years will help strengthen Canadian communities and grow the economy.
  • Launched National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry
    After consulting with Canadians in a nation-wide process, the national inquiry into the disproportionate number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls confirms the Liberal government’s commitment to put an end to this national tragedy.
  • Increased Nutrition North funding
    More funding for Nutrition North will provide better support for food security to Canadian families living in isolated communities.
  • Simplified Family Immigration
    The government’s ambitious new immigration plan places an increased effort on uniting families more quickly and easily once they arrive in Canada.
  • Legalized medical assistance in dying
    Bill C-14 offers the choice to die with dignity to eligible patients who are suffering intolerably.
  • Re-opened the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base
    Three years since the Conservatives shut it down, the Kitsilano Canadian Coast Guard base in Vancouver was reopened to keep our waters safe and clean.
  • Strengthened First Nations Education
    The Liberal government is making significant investments for primary and secondary education on reserves, part of a $2.6 billion commitment to make sure that every First Nations child receives a quality education.
  • Increased Canada Student Grants
    Increasing Canada Student Grants by 50% will help more than 350,000 students achieve a more prosperous future.
  • Prime Minister’s Youth Council
    The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is an opportunity for young Canadians to provide their input on national policy, and revitalizes youth engagement in government.
  • Revitalized Canada’s international profile
    Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team have rejuvenated Canada’s presence on the world stage, re-engaging in international policy and supporting global efforts.
  • Signed Paris Climate Change Agreement
    On April 22, 2016, Canada signed an international agreement to combat climate change and work towards a better global future.
  • Senate-appointment reform
    A new efficient and non-partisan appointment system ensures that the Canadian Senate is more open and democratic.
  • A focus on training and humanitarian aid in Syria
    A new military approach toward conflict in Iraq and Syria keeps the focus on training on the ground and humanitarian aid, ultimately leading to a more effective long-term solution.
  • Enhanced Services for Veterans
    By May 2017, the Liberal government will reopen and staff 9 Veterans Affairs service offices across the country which were closed by the previous government, while also opening a new office in Surrey, B.C. and expanding outreach to veterans in the North.

Honors/ Awards

  • The Honorable Navdeep Singh Bains, P.C. Canada Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)