Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

News & Events

June 28, 2024

MPP Meet and Greet at Manulife Centre

On Wednesday, July 3 at 7pm please join me and residents at Manulife Centre. You will have the chance to meet with me, connect with other residents, and share your community’s concerns.   More
June 21, 2024

ACT NOW: Don't let renters swelter in their homes

In brutally hot weather, many Ontario renters are living in miserable and even dangerous conditions because their apartment is too hot and they don’t have air-conditioning. The 2021 heatwave in Br... More
June 20, 2024

“Ontario should be affordable for renters,” MPP Bell calls for a ban on Above Guideline Rent Increases for big buildings

TORONTO – Ontario NDP Housing critic Jessica Bell (University – Rosedale) joined tenants facing unfair above-guideline rent hikes and members of the York South – Weston Tenants Union to call for a... More
June 19, 2024

NDP calls for change as residents still have no right to put ACs in homes amidst ‘heat dome’

TORONTO – Ontario NDP housing critic Jessica Bell (University– Rosedale) is sounding the alarm on dangerous red tape that is putting Ontarians at risk from extreme heat this summer in her letter to... More
June 17, 2024

Bay Cloverhill & University Town Hall

Please join me and MPP Wong-Tam at our upcoming Bay Cloverhill & University Town hall on Thursday, July 11th from 7pm-8:15pm in room 351 at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, 111 Wellesley S... More
June 14, 2024

Toronto could get a new renovictions law

The City of Toronto could soon have a strong renovictions law Toronto City Council will vote on developing a new renovictions bylaw on June 26.  If passed, city staff will be tasked with developing... More
June 14, 2024

Has your local school or day care failed a lead test?

An analysis by the Investigative Journalism Bureau has found that over the past four years, nearly half of Ontario’s public schools have had at least one test for toxic lead in drinking water excee... More
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