Ahmed D. Hussen
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
York South—Weston, Ontario
Lawyer, social activist and the first Somali-Canadian MP
National President of the Canadian Somali Congress and a member of the task force for modernizing income security for adults in the Toronto City Summit Alliance, Ahmed Hussen worked at Queen's Park for Dalton McGuinty in the early 2000s but this election was his first campaign as a candidate. He made civic engagement a focus of his career.
Born and raised in Somalia before coming to Canada in 1993, Hussen quickly became involved in his new neighbourhood of Regent Park as a social activist and co-founded the Regent Park Community Council. He ousted incumbent NDP MP Mike Sullivan to become the first Somali-Canadian Member of Parliament.
On January 10, 2017 Hussen was named as Canada's new immigration minister.
Click here to read his mandate letter.
Current Roles and Responsibilities
- Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
- Co-Chair, 416 Caucus
- Vice-Chair, Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association
Current Cabinet Committee Membership
- Member, Committee on Canada in the World and Public Security
- Member, Committee on Canada-United States Relations
- Member, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
- University of Ottawa - Juris Doctor of Laws
- York University - Bachelor of Arts (history)
|First elected:||2015, York South-Weston|
Off the Hill
Hussen was a track and field star at his Hamilton high school before moving to Toronto. He worked at a gas station in Mississauga, an hour commute from his home, to scrape together enough money for tuition at York University.
He is fluent in English, Somali and Swahili, has a law degree from the University of Ottawa and has been recognized for his contributions as a community leader.
"I have a lot to contribute to Canada, and I'm a mainstream guy, I'm not limited by my community. Everyone has a heritage, but we have a shared citizenship."
In the News
Calm in the storm: The rise and rise of Ahmed Hussen
February 16, 2017
History-making Somali-Canadian cabinet minister was aide to McGuinty, uOttawa law student
January 12, 2017
From refugee to immigration minister: Ahmed Hussen appointed cabinet role
January 10, 2017
Ontario MP in Turkey during coup moved by pro-democracy demonstrations
July 16, 2016
Room / Building
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia
English, Somali, Swahili
2015 vote share
Chief of Staff
Senior Special Assistant
Last modified March 16, 2017
Notice a mistake or something missing? Let us know