Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

News & Events

June 13, 2024

I fear the Conservatives' new affordable housing definition won't work

The Ford government has just quietly released its affordable housing definition that developers must meet to qualify for a fee exemption.  We've been waiting nearly two years for this definition to... More
June 13, 2024

ACT NOW: It's time to ban above guideline rent increases

Ontario tenants are being squeezed and loopholes in our rental laws like Above Guideline Rent Increases (AGIs) make it easy for big landlords to charge tenants even more. Under the current rules, l... More
June 1, 2024

Fourplexes versus sprawl: Bill 185 goes to committee

Everyone in Ontario has a right to live in a home they can afford to rent or own. To ensure our towns and cities are great places to live, we need good public services, from transit to parks to aff... More
May 28, 2024

Changes are coming to the Condominium Authority Tribunal

We have some good news to share.  On Monday, May 27, the Conservatives posted a regulation announcing amendments to the Condo Act to expand Condo Authority Tribunal’s (CAT) jurisdiction. This expan... More
May 14, 2024

Renters have had it hard enough,” NDP’s Jessica Bell calls out CRA decision forcing tenants to pay their landlord’s late tax bill

Renters have had it hard enough,” NDP’s Jessica Bell calls out CRA decision forcing tenants to pay their landlord’s late tax bill QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition NDP housing critic Jessica Bell ... More
May 14, 2024

No tenant should risk eviction because their foreign landlord isn’t paying their tax bill

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul CalandraMinistry of Municipal Affairs and Housing17th Floor, 777 Bay St.Toronto, ON M7A 2J3 May 13, 2024 RE: No tenant should risk eviction because th... More
May 8, 2024

Cheaper fares and better service for UP Express riders

Add your name below and we'll send the letter to your MPP, Premier Doug Ford, and Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria.  More
May 8, 2024

NDP calls for cheaper fares and better service for UP Express riders left out of province’s OneFare program

TORONTO – Official Opposition NDP MPPs are calling for cheaper fares and better service for UP Express riders in their latest legislation.   NDP MPPs Jessica Bell (University – Rosedale), Bhutila K... More
May 1, 2024

Let's Talk Housing with BC housing minister Ravi Kahlon

Click here to RSVP You will have an opportunity to share your ideas and ask questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. BC... More
April 23, 2024

Transit Town Hall 交通社區茶敘 (Cantonese)

Have you encountered any difficulties while using TTC services? If you are a current Wheel-Trans user, have you been asked to re-assess your usage status? Learn more about TTC's updates on Wheel-Tr... More
April 19, 2024

ACT NOW: It's time for affordable home co-ownership

Costly rent and housing prices have made it more difficult for first-time home buyers to save up and buy a home. The high cost of housing has also made it hard for many existing homeowners to affo... More
April 19, 2024

AGI Townhall

Please join us at our upcoming AGI Town hall on Wednesday, May 1st from 6:30-8pm in the meeting room at Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. Online option available. All are welcome! Use the form below t... More
April 11, 2024

RSVP Briefing: Bill 185

On Wednesday, April 10 the Ford Conservatives dropped another housing bill called Bill 185, the Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes Act, 2024, and updated the Provincial Policy Statement. These a... More
April 10, 2024

Good, bad and ugly: what's in the government's new housing bill?

This afternoon, the government made some big housing announcements. They dropped another housing bill called Bill 185, the Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes Act, 2024, and updated the Provincial... More
April 9, 2024

Are you eligible for a rent decrease? Don’t count on your landlord telling you about it.

It’s tough being a renter in Ontario today. The Conservatives have had six years to fix the housing crisis and they’ve failed. It has never been more expensive to rent or buy a home. We’ve recently... More
March 28, 2024

Will the budget fix our housing woes?

Will Premier Ford’s budget fix the housing crisis?  No. Ontario's budget for 2024-2025 was released on Tuesday.  The Conservative government is not looking at doing anything meaningful to lower th... More
March 28, 2024

RSVP: One-hour Education Update

Join me and MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam for a one-hour update with our School Board Trustee Deborah Williams, Education Critic Chandra Pasma, Elementary Teachers of Toronto President Helen Victoros to le... More
March 27, 2024

Tell the Ford Conservatives to deliver on its affordable housing promise

Time is of the essence. In just two days, Ontario could lose $357 million in federal funding that should be going towards building more affordable housing.In 2018, the federal government signed a b... More
March 27, 2024

What's in this year's budget?

The Ontario budget was released yesterday. It’s the biggest provincial announcement of the year, and outlines the government’s priorities. I’m always a little hopeful before the budget announcement... More
March 25, 2024

RSVP: Budget Breakdown

Join us on Wednesday April 3 at 6 pm for a briefing on the 2024/2025 budget. Find out what’s missing and how to get involved in fighting for a fairer Ontario. Register in advance for this meeting... More
March 13, 2024

RSVP: Chinese Healthcare community roundtable and lunch

On Wednesday, April 3 at noon please join MPP Chris Glover, MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam, me and healthcare leaders across Chinatown for a roundtable discussion at Queen’s Park. You will have the chance to... More
March 8, 2024

Parents call for action as affordable childcare shortage worsens

It has been a significant accomplishment that Ontario has so many high quality child care centers. It is also a significant accomplishment that parents and childcare operators have been successf... More
March 5, 2024

Letter to Minister Jones: Re: Address the Family Doctor Shortage in Chinatown and Across Ontario

Re: Address the Family Doctor Shortage in Chinatown and Across Ontario We are writing to you on behalf of the concerned residents of Chinatown, where a pressing issue regarding the shortage of fami... More
March 4, 2024

RSVP: Energy and Affordability Town Hall

I am hosting a town hall on March 6 with MPP Peter Tabuns (Toronto-Danforth) and special guests from Environmental Defence and the Clean Air Alliance on how to protect your pocketbook and o... More
March 1, 2024

Community Recognition Awards 2024

This past weekend, we held our annual Community Recognition Awards and I am once again elated to celebrate all the wonderful contributions made by each of the recipients. It is their work that mak... More
February 21, 2024

NDP, Patients sound the alarm after losing family physician to “executive health” medical clinic with yearly fee of $4,995

NDP, Patients sound the alarm after losing family physician to “executive health” medical clinic with yearly fee of $4,995 More
February 2, 2024

2024 Tenant Guide: Get Your Copy

The 2024 Tenant Guide is your source for the most up-to-date resources for protecting your tenancy.  Click here to download your digital copy of the 2024 Tenant Guide. More
February 1, 2024

Bell: The Ford government needs to stop wasting time and get serious about housing

QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition NDP housing critic Jessica Bell (University – Rosedale) released the following statement in response to the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA’s) update on Ont... More
February 1, 2024

Housing Town Hall

Every person deserves access to safe, affordable, and livable housing. I want to work with you and other people in Toronto to make this commitment a reality. Come to our housing town hall, voice ... More
January 30, 2024

Community Recognition Awards

My Community Recognition Awards will recognize and thank individuals and groups for their outstanding efforts in the community. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the amazing things peop... More