Biography

Dr. Merrilee Fullerton is a medical professional who has spent much of her career advocating for better elder care and sustainable health care reform.

From 2018 to 2023, Merrilee served her community as an elected representative and held ministerial responsibilities for senior portfolios in the provincial government, including serving as Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term Care.

Having graduated from University of Ottawa Medical School, Merrilee practiced locally, first serving out of the Carleton Place Hospital and then as a family physician in Kanata.

She has been very active in professional medical associations and local health care organizations, serving as President of the Academy of Medicine Ottawa, as well as in advisory roles with both the Ontario Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association, and membership in the City of Ottawa Board of Health and the local LHIN serving Ottawa and area.

Through her career, she has been a constant advocate for more flexible and resilient health care services, particularly long-term care services.

Today, Merrilee combines twenty-eight years of family practice experience and five years as senior member of the Ontario government with her special interests in health policy to advance public discussions on improving elder care and meaningful health care reform.