Michael Coteau immigrated to Canada in 1975 and settled in the Don Mills community of Toronto with his parents and two brothers.
Growing up in Flemingdon Park taught Michael the value of community, and just how much neighbourhoods can accomplish when people come together. Progress requires vision and commitment, which Michael demonstrated at a young age. With the addition of hard work and determination, Michael has driven many positive changes over the years, both in Toronto and across Ontario. In fact, he has dedicated his career to making a difference.
After graduating from Carleton University, Michael worked in South Korea as an ESL teacher. Once he returned to Toronto, he became the Executive Director of AlphaPlus, which helps adults with literacy challenges. He also followed his passion for working with young people as a Youth Outreach Worker, then ran for school board trustee at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in 2003. At the TDSB, Michael fought for better student nutrition programs, racial equity and the collection of disaggregated race-based data.
Michael was elected Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley East in 2011, and has held multiple portfolios in government, including: Citizenship and Immigration; Tourism, Culture and Sport; Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games; Children and Youth Services; Community and Social Services, and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism.
Michael and his wife, Lori, have two daughters, Maren and Myla.