Prior to joining Earnscliffe in June 2006, Tom Sweeting served the Province of Ontario in a variety of capacities for 34 years. Over his career, he provided ongoing issue management and daily support to twelve Ministers of Finance and eleven Deputy Ministers. Tom was involved in thirty-three Ontario Budgets.
He began his career in the Tax and Fiscal Policy Division in the then Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs in 1972 and then served as Senior Budget Advisor. Tom was appointed Director of the Taxation Policy Branch in 1980. Tom became Assistant Deputy Minister of the Office of the Budget and Taxation in 1997 and twice had responsibility for the Provincial-Local Finance Division during his tenure as ADM.
Over his years as director of the Taxation Policy Branch, Tom led the implementation of numerous changes to Ontario’s tax system. He was involved in three major federal-provincial tax reform exercises. As Assistant Deputy Minister, Tom was responsible for the development and co-ordination of policy input, public consultation, and legislative implementation of the Ontario Budgets since 1998. He oversaw the development and implementation of a hundreds of tax changes, including personal income tax, corporate tax, retail sales tax, and reforms to the property tax system. He led the federal-provincial fiscal arrangements efforts on behalf of Ontario. He also had responsibility for Ontario’s pension policy and other income security policy issues.
From September 2005 until retiring from the Ontario Public Service on May 31, 2006, Tom was Assistant Deputy Minister and Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister, whereby he led the development of his final Ontario Budget. He has been involved in various committees and task forces of the Province throughout his career. Until recently, he served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation, and was chair of the Audit Committee for several years. He represented Ontario’s interests in several federal-provincial fora. He attended numerous Finance Ministers’ meetings, both federal-provincial and provincial-territorial, as well as meetings of the First Ministers and Provincial-Territorial Premier’s meetings. He sat on the Federal-Provincial Committee on Taxation.
He has also been a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and the Conference Board of Canada.
He is a graduate of McMaster University where he received his Honours B.A. in Economics.