Marie-France Lalonde was elected on October 21, 2019 as the Member of Parliament for Orléans. She currently serves as a member on both the standing committees for Official Languages and Veterans Affairs. She also serves as Chair of the Canada-France Inter-Parliamentary Association, in addition to serving on the executive committee of the Canada-Ireland Interparliamentary Group, the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, and the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie.
Lalonde was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Ottawa-Orléans. She was re-elected on June 7, 2018 before going on to seek the federal seat in the same riding a year later. Lalonde served as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, as Minister of Francophone Affairs, and Minister of Government and Consumer Services prior to that. Before joining cabinet, she was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, focusing on economic development, and to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.
With a degree in social work from the University of Quebec in Hull, she put her leadership and skills to work in a career that began at the Children's Aid Society, followed by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital.
Throughout the last decade, Marie-France continued her career caring for people, and became the co-owner and executive director of the Portobello Manor in Orléans. Ms. Lalonde opened Portobello Manor in 2008 not only with the goal to bring positive change to the community, but to address a growing need for both long-term and senior care. During her career at the Portobello Manor, Lalonde’s work and passion in senior care led to her receiving the 2010 New Business of the Year Award from the Orléans Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Portobello Manor was recognized as the Community Service Business of the Year at the 2013 Orléans Business Excellence Awards.
Lalonde was also a Regional Director of Marketing and Sales in Eastern Canada for All Seniors Care Living Centres.
Along with her career in social work, Ms Lalonde has served on the Community Advisory Committee for the Champlain Community Access Centre and was part of the working group on affordable housing for seniors with the United Way. Lalonde also served as Vice-President of CARP Ottawa, where she continued her advocacy for seniors and senior care.
In 2012, her community involvement earned her a Leading Women Building Communities award from the Government of Ontario. She has lived in Orléans for 21 years with her husband Alvaro and her daughter Monica.