Biography

  • Mohinder Saran was first elected as the MLA in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2016.

  • Mohinder was a Chief Power Engineer at Red River College before getting into public service. He is also the former president of the Sikh Society of Manitoba and helped establish the first Manitoba gurdwara.

  • Mohinder served as the Minister of Housing and Community Development from April 2015 to 2016, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of 1,000 more social and affordable housing units for families.

  • He is the first Indo-Canadian person to have been appointed to cabinet in Manitoba.

  • Living in The Maples for the last thirty years, Mohinder has worked hard to help secure the new school in Amber Trails, promote the NDP government’s Seniors’ School Tax Rebate, and provide more opportunities for new Canadians to find good jobs in their chosen profession.

A longtime resident of The Maples and a committed community activist, Mohinder Saran was first elected as the MLA in 2007. Mohinder was born in Punjab, India, and moved to Manitoba in 1971. He married his wife Kuldip in 1974, and they have raised their three children here. He is the first Indo-Canadian person to have been appointed to cabinet in Manitoba.

Mohinder was an engineer before getting into public service. He worked as the former Chief Power Engineer for Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation at Red River College, and is also the former president of the Sikh Society of Manitoba. In fact, he helped establish the first gurdwara in the province. He is also a former director and vice-president of the India Association, where he was active with the Folklorama festival.

Mohinder served as Minister of Housing and Community Development from 2015 to 2016, where he was responsible for overseeing the NDP government’s development of 500 more social housing and 500 more affordable housing units for families.

Living in The Maples for the last thirty years, Mohinder is very familiar with what matters most in the community. He advocated for the creation of the Manitoba fitness tax credit for young people, for the redevelopment of the Seven Oaks Hospital and worked with his NDP colleagues to secure funding for the new Amber Trails Community School, including a 64-space child care centre.

He’s also mindful of making life better for seniors in our province. On top of visiting as many seniors as he could to make sure everyone knew about the NDP’s Seniors’ School Tax Rebate, he is a big supporter of the NDP government’s loan program to help families build secondary or “granny” suites in their home. This helps older parents or grandparents stay close to home as they age.

Last but not least, Mohinder is deeply committed to immigration and has worked with the Manitoba government to make the program application more accessible. Over the years his office has helped hundreds of people and their families through the process of applying to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.

In 2008, he also worked with the Manitoba government to give foreign graduate engineers the right to challenge the 4th Class Power Engineer Certificate. He is an advocate for improvements to settlement services and will continue to work hard to help skilled professionals find rewarding careers in Manitoba in their chosen professions.