Raymond Cho arrived in Vancouver B.C. in March 1967 as a landed immigrant from Seoul, Korea. Prior to coming to Canada, he received his B.A. degree in English from the University of Foreign Studies and worked for the Cultural Division of the American Embassy in South Korea.
As a newcomer to Canada, he worked three jobs simultaneously: as a miner, waiter and a janitor, in order to pay for university. He subsequently went on to get his first Master’s degree of Social Work from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Toronto. He later went on to receive a Master's degree of Education and a Doctorate degree in counselling psychology, from the University of Toronto.
After pursuing a career as a social worker with the Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Raymond made his first foray into politics in 1991, when he was first elected as a Metro Councilor. He was eventually re-elected a total of 8 times to the amalgamated City of Toronto since 1997.
In Sept 2016, Raymond won a provincial by-election in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River and became the first Korean born member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Raymond feels incredibly humbled to represent a riding of wide variety of diverse ethnic background and has continued at both the Municipal and Provincial level to serve and stand up for the residents of his Scarborough with dedication, compassion and humility.
In June 2018, Raymond won the Ontario General Election in the riding of Scarborough North and was appointed as the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility; he is honoured to be given such an important responsibility for all Ontarians and vows to work hard for everyone.
Aside from his public life, Raymond is also heavily involved in advocating for humanitarian causes and strives for the fair and equal treatment of all people. In 2008, Raymond founded the Global Youth Leaders which consisted of high school leaders from the Greater Toronto Area. Raymond founded the Global Youth Initiative, an organization comprising of students from both Toronto and Korea that provides International Leadership opportunities for high school students. In both 2010 and 2012 Cho led the group to the Philippines to assist with the rebuilding of homes of typhoon victims. He also led the students from GYL to Jamaica twice to help orphans with HIV and AIDS.
MPP Raymond Cho and his wife, Soon Ok, who has been and continues to be one of his greatest inspiration and motivator, have been living in Scarborough for the past 45 years and they have three children, and six grandchildren.