Biography | Ahmed Hussen | Federal Liberal Candidate for York South–Weston

Biography

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen was first elected in 2015 to represent the riding of York South—Weston.

Ahmed immigrated to Canada in 1993 and settled in Toronto. He began his career in the public service after high school, working with the Hamilton-Wentworth social services department.

Ahmed co-founded the Regent Park Community Council in 2002. As its president, he played a key role in securing the $500-million revitalization project for Regent Park while advocating for its 15,000 residents to ensure that their interests were protected. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for his leadership efforts in the Regent Park community.

Serving as National President for the Canadian Somali Congress, Ahmed Hussen worked with national and regional authorities to advocate for important issues to Canadians of Somali heritage. His results-driven reputation led to an invitation from the Toronto City Summit Alliance to join a task force for modernizing income security for adults.

After earning a law degree from the University of Ottawa, Ahmed practiced law. He specialized in criminal defence, immigration, refugee law, and human rights. He served as a director on the board of the Global Enrichment Foundation, an organization that empowers women in East Africa through access to education.

Ahmed Hussen has represented the riding of York South - Weston in the House of Commons since 2015. A passionate advocate, Ahmed fought to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments to his community. In January 2017, Ahmed was appointed to serve as Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. On November 20, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Ahmed Hussen as Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

In parliament and in his constituency, Ahmed Hussen continues to work hard and advocate for the residents of York South—Weston and for all Canadians.