John and his wife Ria owned and operated a dairy farm just outside of Earlton from 1984 to 2012. John was was first elected to represent Timiskaming Cochrane in 2011 and re-elected in 2014.
The Vanthofs have four children, two in University and two working in the North.
John’s public service career started with his election to the Temiskaming Dairy Producer Committee which he served on for over twenty years including several years as Chairman. In 2004, John was elected for a term to the Board of Dairy Farmers of Ontario. John was DFO Director when Thornloe Cheese was threatened with closure and played a key role in its rebirth.
John also served on municipal council for twelve years, but he is most widely recognized for his ten year term as President of the Temiskaming Federation of Agriculture. During that time, the Federation represented the agricultural community in some key issues most notably the Adams Mine Landfill debate. The critical analysis of the Ministry of Environment’s approval, commissioned by the Federation, was one of the catalysts that stopped the project.
John was a member of the Board of Directors for the 2009 International Plowing Match. His main responsibility was the student educational program for the Match. He also sat on the Board of the Englehart and District Hospital, and the fundraising committee for the Englehart Family Health Clinic and was vice chair of the Temiskaming Foundation.
John’s legislative duties include, the Party Whip for the Third Party as well as the NDP Critic for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. He is also a Commissioner on the Board of Internal Economy.