David Caplan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Global Public Affairs with a substantial and in-depth background in health care and public infrastructure. Elected to Queen’s Park in 1997, Caplan was appointed to several high-ranking portfolios including Deputy Government House Leader, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care during his 14 years as MPP for Don Valley East.
As Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Caplan launched Ontario’s Diabetes Strategy and oversaw the expansion of scopes of practice for nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other health professionals. Under his leadership, Caplan championed major initiatives prioritizing a vision for mental health in the province that brought together diverse stakeholders from within the justice, housing, education, and social services sectors both within and outside government. He also managed public health crises including the listeriosis outbreak in 2008 and rolling out vaccinations during the potential H1N1 pandemic in 2009.
As Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, Caplan was responsible for leading the modernization of the province’s infrastructure and planning for future population and economic growth. He released Ontario’s first long-term infrastructure investment strategy called ReNew Ontario, which used a private financing model expanding and building new hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, and transit and transportation systems. Caplan was responsible for the Places to Grow Act, which allows for a better way of accommodating growth across the province through the development of growth plans.
Caplan also had responsibility for several major government agencies managing public assets including The Ontario Realty Corporation, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Infrastructure Ontario and the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation.
In Opposition, Caplan served as the Critic for both Housing and Municipal Affairs and acted as Deputy Whip for the Liberal caucus.
Before entering provincial politics, Caplan was elected to two terms on the North York Board of Education beginning in 1991, and served on the Metro Toronto School Board following his election in 1994. As a school board trustee, he served as finance committee chair and budget chief where he introduced the first zero per cent tax increase budget in more than 20 years.
Prior to being elected to the Ontario Legislature, Caplan worked with the firm of Ernest Goodman Ltd. and was Vice-President of Taurus Metal Trading Ltd.