Mitzie Hunter was named associate minister of finance for the province of Ontario, a new Cabinet-level position responsible for the creation of a supplementary provincial pension plan.
Ms. Hunter was appointed Tuesday by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, an announcement on the Ontario provincial government website said.
The proposal for a mandatory provincial defined benefit plan to supplement the C$219.1 billion (US$204.1 billion) Canada Pension Plan, Ottawa, had been part of the province's budget plan announced May 1; the budget plan was put on hold when Ms. Wynne called new elections for June 12. Ms. Wynne's Liberal Party won a majority in that election.
Ms. Hunter will work with a government-appointed panel to roll out the provincial pension fund by 2017.
Ms. Hunter is also a member of the Ontario Parliament.
Tiff Blair, spokeswoman for Ms. Hunter, could not be reached for further details.