Premier names new Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

by Emily Convery | November 5, 2018

Premier Doug Ford has announced a new Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry as part of a cabinet shuffle. Replacing Jeff Yurek at the helm of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.

The shuffle came on the heels of the resignation of Jim Wilson from his position as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “After four months of unprecedented action, we are taking this opportunity to calibrate our cabinet assignments to ensure we continue to deliver on our commitments to the people,” said Ford. 

Yakabuski was serving as the Minister of Transportation prior to this announcement. He was originally elected as an MPP in 2003 and in 2014 was re-elected for a fourth term. Prior to his time in office John Yakabuski was a real estate sales representative and owner-operator of Yakabuski’s Home Hardware in Barry’s Bay. 

Minister Yakabuski has always shown a strong interest in the outdoors community while representing his constituents at Queen’s Park. We look forward to working with him in his new role to move forward some very important priorities that will benefit anglers and hunters across the province,” said Matt DeMille, OFAH manager of fish and wildlife services, of the announcement. 

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  1. Lenna Minnie wrote: Minister John Yakabuski I live in L' Amable south of Bancroft the MNR and local people in the area raised funds to relocate Elk from Banff Alb to this area. I would like to discuss the Elk hunt with you at some point. I have been feeding a herd on my property since they were relocated here and now have natives now taking as many as 4 or 5. Also I have spoke to MNR about the bull hunt right now there are very few large mature bulls left to sustain the herd we need to stop the bull hunt. I'am frustrated to no end my phone # 613 334 5519 thank you
  2. Lee Thoma wrote: On hold May 19 for 30 minutes and May 20 for 40 minutes to purchase a fishing lic. Your system informs me my outdoors card number is invalid and to call. Would like to purchase a lic. and go fishing this year. Cannot think of one positive response to this nonsence.
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Lee, we're an outdoors magazine, and not directly affiliated with the OMNRF, but here's a link for you to try: It should say on the back of your outdoors card when it expires. You could also try re-setting your password at this link. We understand it may be hard to get ahold of someone at the telephone number on the back of the card, as it's a busy time of year, and these are strange times. Please be patient until you reach someone.