Minister

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

Education

  • University of Ottawa - Juris Doctor of Laws
  • York University - Bachelor of Arts (history)

Electoral 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.


Family

Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Abyan
Children:
  • Three young sons

"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."

CBC


In the News


Room / Building

770, Valour


Ottawa Phone

613-995-0777


Constituency Phone

416-656-2526


Date of Birth

1976


Place of Birth

Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia


Gender

Male


Religion

Muslim


Ethnicity

Black


Languages

English, Somali, Swahili


46%

2015 vote share


Chief of Staff

Ali Salam
613-954-1064


Staff

Bernie Derible
Director of Communications
613-954-1064
Bernie.Derible@cic.gc.ca

Camille Edwards
Senior Special Assistant
613-954-1064

Christopher Wakelin
Member's Assistant
613-995-2032

Christine Whitten
Constituency Assistant
613-995-0777


Last modified May 24, 2017
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