Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

News & Events

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 27, 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 affor... 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
January 25, 2024

Stop Fossil Fuel Energy Expansion

January 19, 2024

"Devastating loss:” Families impacted by west-end daycare closure join Bell, NDP call for more childcare spaces

TORONTO – Official Opposition NDP MPP Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) joined families impacted by the closure of a west-end childcare facility today to call for more childcare and daycare option... More
January 17, 2024

Provinces housing starts hit lows amidst crisis; NDP says Ford’s Conservatives missing the mark

QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition NDP Housing critic Jessica Bell (University – Rosedale) and critic for Municipal Affairs Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre) are calling on Ford’s Conservatives to stop w... More
January 15, 2024

Condo living should be pleasant, not miserable.

Living in a condo can be a pleasant, more affordable, and lower-maintenance housing choice for many. Condo living can also be a misery for some – and it’s those people who call our office. Condo re... More
January 10, 2024

RSVP: multi-faith community roundtable and lunch

On Tuesday, February 13 at noon please join me and faith leaders from across University-Rosedale for a roundtable discussion at Queen’s Park. You will have the chance to meet with me, connect with ... More
January 8, 2024

Motion 61: Short-Term Rental Registry

Toronto has long been a battleground between investors who want to make a lot of money and renters who just want a home. Right now, there are over 12,000 short-term rentals advertised on Airbnb av... More
January 5, 2024

Stand Up for Well-Funded Heath Care

University Rosedale is home to many heroic health care professionals, as well as Canada’s best hospitals, including Prince Margaret, Toronto General, Mount Sinai, Toronto Western, Sick Kids, and Wo... More
December 15, 2023

ACTION ALERT! Help Carmen return home!

Help Carmen return home  Yesterday, Carmen was forcibly evicted from her home at 1442 Lawrence Ave by sheriffs.  The sheriff changed the locks on Carmen’s home when she left to pay the landlord th... More
December 12, 2023

RSVP: multi-faith community roundtable lunch

On Tuesday, February 13 at noon please join me and faith leaders from across University-Rosedale for a roundtable discussion at Queen’s Park. You will have the chance to meet with me, connect with ... More
December 12, 2023

Six things you need to know about the Auditor General’s annual report

The Auditor General’s job is to audit government agencies, departments, and government-funded institutions and assess whether they are working as they should, from school boards to emergency rooms ... More
December 12, 2023

2023 Auditor General Report Highlights

Recently the Auditor General provided his annual report. Below is a summary of key reports.  Science Centres   “The recent relocation decision was not fully informed and based on preliminary and ... More