Phillips says he is looking forward to returning to the private sector.
Long Term Care Minister Rod Phillips is stepping down next month and will not seek re-election.
The Ajax MPP tweeted a statement this afternoon, where he paid tribute to Premier Doug Ford's leadership during the pandemic.
"Through what is undoubtedly the greatest challenge of our lifetimes, the global COVID-19 pandemic, he has always put first what is best for the people of Ontario. I remain confident Ontarians will re-elect his government in the upcoming election."
Phillips resigned from cabinet in December 2020 after details came to light about a trip he took to St. Barts as health officials urged Ontarians to avoid all non-essential travel.
However, Phillips was reinstated to cabinet in June, when he took over Merrilee Fullerton's role as long-term care minister.
His departure comes as the Omicron variant poses challenges for long-term care.
At the moment, 326 of the province's 626 long-term care homes have active outbreaks.
Phillips, who was the CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation before entering politics, says he plans to return to the private sector.