James Moore was born in New Westminster, raised in Coquitlam and resides in Port Moody. After graduating from Centennial Sr. Secondary, he continued his studies in economics and business administration at Douglas College.

1996 marked James’ first year in broadcasting, working at CKST AM1040 in Vancouver.  In 1997, he moved to Ottawa to work as the Communications Advisor for the Official Opposition and specialized in fiscal and economic policy. He worked to develop and implement a post-balanced budget communications strategy for the Official Opposition led by Preston Manning.

In 1998, James briefly returned to broadcasting in Vancouver before moving to Prince George to earn a degree in political science at the University of Northern BC. While in Prince George he continued in broadcasting by guest hosting at 550 CKPG and launching his own talk show entitled “’Behind the Headlines’ with James Moore.”

He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree and pursued graduate studies in American politics at the University of Northern British Columbia. James later earned his Master of Arts Degree in political studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

On November 27th/2000, James was elected to represent the constituency Port Moody-Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam as its representative in the Parliament of Canada. Elected at the age of 24, James is the youngest elected Member of Parliament in British Columbia's history.

In the 37th Parliament James served as Deputy Foreign Affairs Critic and Deputy National Revenue Critic.  He was later promoted to serve as the Senior Transport Critic for Canada's Official Opposition and Vice-Chair of the Commons Transport Committee, the youngest Vice-Chair of a Parliamentary Committee in Canadian history.

In his first term in office, through Private Members' bills, James proposed legislation that would offer tax relief to victims of the leaky condo tragedy, toughen laws against date-rape drugs, force the Prime Minister to appoint elected Senators for provinces with Senate election legislation, impose consecutive rather than concurrent sentencing for violent criminals, ban gun ownership for violent criminals, toughen penalties for the illegal trafficking of prohibited weapons and ammunition, and toughen penalties for the trafficking of child pornography online.  James also proposed and successfully passed through the House of Commons a motion calling for the investment of gas taxes into infrastructure.

Also, James was very active in Question Period.  In fact, in his first term he asked more questions in Question Period than any other MP who was not a current or former party leader at the time. 

Also in his first term in office James was named "the best up-and-coming MP" four years in a row by fellow Members of Parliament and Parliament Hill staffers.

James was re-elected in the 2004 general election for the electoral district of Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam.  In Stephen Harper's Shadow Cabinet James served as the Official Opposition Transportation Critic, as well as Amateur Sport Critic.

On January 23rd, 2006, James was re-elected to his third term in Parliament as the Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam.  Shortly after the election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Moore to the post of Parliamentary Secretary for two different Cabinet Ministers: the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and also the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics.

On June 25th, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed James as the Secretary of State for the 2010 Olympics, the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Official Languages. James is the youngest Minister in British Columbia's history, and the fourth youngest Cabinet Minister in Canadian history.

On October 14th, 2008, James was again re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, and on October 30th, 2008 Prime Minister Harper appointed James as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. James was also the federal Cabinet Minister responsible for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In his time as Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages James’ list of accomplishments includes:

  • Created the Canadian Museum of History
  • Passed legislation to create the Canadian Museum of Immigration
  • Created the Canada History Fund
  • Led project to protect Terry Fox's legacy
  • Passed legislation to create the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Copyright Modernization Act adopted
  • Implemented the WIPO Treaties
  • Created the Canada Media Fund
  • Minister for the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games
  • Implemented the Official Languages Roadmap (2008-2013)
  • Created & Implemented the Official Languages Roadmap (2013-2018)
  • Created the Youth Take Charge program
  • Hosted 3 successful Royal Tours
  • Managed Canada's Diamond Jubilee commemoration program
  • Launched national anti-bullying program
  • Managed War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration
  • Renewed all of Canada's cultural programs
  • Reduced department operating costs by over 20%

At home, James has worked hard with local leaders to identify community priorities, and deliver results for his constituents. As a result, more funding has flowed into the Tri-Cities for local priorities than at any other time in Canadian history. Affordable housing for seniors, the new Pitt River Bridge, the rebuilding of East Road in Anmore, safe potable water for the residents of Belcarra, renovations at Rocky Point Park, renovations at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre in Port Coquitlam, the completion of the Coast Meridian overpass to the Mary Hill Bypass, renovations at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, funding for Port Moody's new arena, renovations and a new track at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam, and full funding for the Evergreen Line SkyTrain extension to the Tri-Cities - the largest infrastructure project in the Canadian history for the Tri-Cities - are among just some of the notable success stories of this work.

When James was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam May 2nd, 2011, he became the first 5-term MP in his community in Canadian history. On May 18th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper re-appointed James the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and named him as the senior regional Minister for the province of British Columbia - the youngest senior regional Minister in Canadian history.

On July 10th, 2013, Prime Minister Harper appointed Moore Canada's Minister of Industry. James served as chair of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Prosperity, responsible for overseeing the cabinet consideration of economic policy proposals by cabinet. James is the youngest chair of a cabinet committee in Canadian history.

In his time as Minister of Industry, James’ list of accomplishments includes:

  • Succeeded in national effort to get agreement for a new Internal Free Trade Agreement from all of Canada's provinces & territories by March 2016
  • Developed & implemented Canada's Space Policy Framework
  • Created the Space Policy Advisory Board
  • Co-Chair of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council
  • Chair of the Agreement on Internal Trade Committee of Ministers
  • Renewed Canada's commitment to the James Webb Space Telecscope
  • Committed Canada's full participation in the international 30 Metre Telescope
  • Renewed Canada's commitment to International Space Station to 2024
  • Secured funding to send 2 Canadian astronauts to space
  • Renewed Canada's membership in the European Space Agency
  • Established the "Connecting Canadians" program to bring high speed internet to all Canadian homes
  • Developed & launched Digital Canada 150, Canada's digital policy framework
  • Created the Internal Trade Promotion Office to facilitate free trade within Canada
  • Passed S-4, "Digital Privacy Act"
  • Created the Automotive Supplier Innovation Program
  • Established CARIC, the Consortium for Aerospace Research & Innovation in Canada
  • Modernized Canada's corporate governance framework
  • Made bearer shares illegal in Canada
  • Implemented Canada acceding to the Marrakesh Treaty
  • Implemented the 700 MHz Spectrum Auction
  • Implemented the AWS-3 Spectrum Auction
  • Implemented the 2500 MHz Spectrum Auction
  • Implemented new cell tower rules to include community consultation
  • Proposed & implemented legislation to cap domestic wireless roaming rates
  • Implemented tower sharing, spectrum deployment & rural wireless service rules
  • Implemented the "Fairness at the Pumps Act"
  • Implemented "Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation"
  • Legislated an end of "pay to pay" billing in telecommunications
  • Passed C-8, "Combatting Counterfeit Products Act"
  • Launched the "Technology Demonstration Program" for Canada's aerospace industry

On March 11, 2014, the World Economic Forum named James as a "Young Global Leader" - one of seven Canadians selected from thousands of nominees around the world, all under the age of 40, who have strong track records of accomplishment.

In May 2015, James was awarded the "Founder of Canada's Digital Economy" award by the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada. James is also a member of the Trilateral Commission and is on the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum's Future of the Internet initiative.

On June 19, 2015, after 15 years in Parliament, James announced that he would not seek a 6th term in Parliament. He resides in Port Moody, British Columbia with wife Courtney and their son Spencer.

On November 16, 2015, James joined the international law firm Dentons as a Senior Business Advisor, working out of the firm’s Vancouver office. He advises clients on matters related to public affairs, regulator matters and policy challenges.

On May 27, 2016 James was officially installed as Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia. As Chancellor, he sits on the Board of Governors and Senate of the University.

James is also national vice-chair of the Canadian Cancer Society, Canada's largest cancer charity, funding cancer research, advancing understanding of the disease, and discovering treatments and cures. He joined the board as a tribute to his mother Gail Moore, who passed away at the age of 49 to brain cancer when he was 16 years of age.

In April of 2017 James joined the board of Western Resources as non-executive chairman. Western Resources is a Vancouver based firm pursuing investments in mining, energy resources, infrastructure and real estate.

In August 2017 James was named to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Council by Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to support the Government of Canada in the renegotiation of NAFTA with the United States and Mexico. In September 2018, Canada, the United States and Mexico agreed to the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).

In October 2018 James was invited by the late Michael Ferguson, Canada's Auditor General, to join his Panel of Senior Advisors to provide strategic and policy advice to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.