Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

News & Events

September 23, 2020

Wednesday September 23 Update

Dear Neighbour,  COVID-19 cases are rising fast, largely in response to the decision in July to ease restrictions and move the province into stage three. The case counts are increasing at the same ... More
September 17, 2020

Today I announced my new bill to protect tenants from eviction

Every week I meet residents who are hurting because our city is in the middle of an affordable housing crisis. Illegal evictions are making the housing crisis worse. Today I announced my private ... More
September 15, 2020

Time to turn golf courses into city parks and more

Did you know the City of Toronto owns seven golf courses? On Monday, September 14th, the City’s Government Management Committee voted to extend the life of five of the City of Toronto golf courses... More
September 15, 2020

Survey - Share your thoughts on Doug Ford's back to school plan

September is upon us. Our community demands a safe return to schools. As COVID-19 cases climb and elementary students return to classrooms full-time, I want to learn more about your thoughts, f... More
September 14, 2020

NDP calls for more testing sites as kids go back to school, lines grow

TORONTO — The Official Opposition is calling on the government to open more COVID-19 testing sites right away as more than two million students and staff head back to school, and line ups at some t... More
August 19, 2020

Get Active for a Safe September - Virtual Townhall Registration

Join our “Get Active for a Safe September” Townhall Thursday September 3, 6pm - 7:30pm  Panelists include TDSB Trustee Chris Moise, Jess Lyons from Ontario Parent Action Network, Joy Lachica from ... More
August 19, 2020

What can we do to fight for safe public education?

Since school closed in March, our family has been struggling with the impossible job of juggling full-time work and full-time parenting our two school-aged children. I, along with the parents of ... More
August 18, 2020

MPP Jessica Bell and MPP Suze Morrison's statement on hate crime and vandalism at Masjid Toronto

Toronto — Suze Morrison, MPP for Toronto Centre, and Jessica Bell, MPP for University—Rosedale, released the following statement condemning the sixth attack on Masjid Toronto in the last three mont... More
August 18, 2020

Ford's 'microtransit' conditions will hurt municipalities and riders: NDP

TORONTO — The Ontario NDP Transit critic, University— Rosedale MPP Jessica Bell, made a statement in response to Doug Ford making municipal transit funding contingent on the privatization of ce... More
August 6, 2020

ACT NOW: Demand a fully funded and safe return to school in September

For months, New Democrats have been calling on Doug Ford to work with parents, teachers and education workers and school boards to deliver a funded plan for a safe return to classes. What we got in... More
July 30, 2020

UniRose childcare roundtable reveals need for funding, consultation

Last week, I hosted a Child care roundtable to learn about the huge challenges parents and child care centers are facing right now. Thank you for participating.    In the roundtable, child care... More
July 21, 2020

ACT NOW: Ford must fully match federal transit funding

Transit agencies across Ontario have been cutting service and laying off workers because they have lost up to 100 percent of their fare revenue since March. Ontario’s largest transit agency, the TT... More
July 14, 2020

Ford’s COVID-19 bill gives blanket authority for Ontario to seize land and build near transit

This legislative session has revealed very clearly that Premier Ford wants the private sector to help pay for his four new transit projects.  To offset the cost of station construction, Ford wants ... More
July 9, 2020

Ford must reverse decision forcing migrant workers with COVID-19 to keep working

Forcing migrant workers to work with COVID-19 risks additional outbreaks in this already hard-hit and marginalized community. It is also inhumane.  I support Dr. Persaud’s call for an immediate rev... More
July 7, 2020

Bill 171 passed into law

Bill 171: The Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 passed into law today. Its purpose is to speed up the delivery of Ontario’s four priority transit projects: the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Subway ... More
June 30, 2020

New report reveals major delays on Ontario transit projects

On Monday, June 29th I sent a letter to the Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, demanding answers from the Ford government following a new report that revealed major delays that could se... More
June 23, 2020

Put an end to systemic racism and police violence

Dear Neighbour,  Thank you to everyone who has tirelessly advocated for putting an end to systemic racism and police violence. Anti-Black racism is real and pervasive in our city, province, and cou... More
June 18, 2020

What Should School in September Look Like?

  Emergency online learning was challenging for many parents, kids and teachers. No matter where kids learn, we need to do more to support high quality public education in Ontario. Join me on Mond... More
June 15, 2020

ACT NOW: Ensure child care reopens safely and affordably

Child care centres across the province were given the green light to reopen on Friday, June 12th.  For parents who have been waiting for more support balancing the demands of work and child care d... More
June 4, 2020

Letter to Premier Doug Ford calling for a complete and transparent investigation into Mon Sheong Home for the Aged

On June 4, 2020, I sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford urgently requesting complete transparency as well as an immediate investigation into Mon Sheong Home for the Aged handling of a devastating COV... More
June 2, 2020

Privatized Ontario Line likely to be delayed

A report released in the Toronto Star today showed that Doug Ford’s privatized Ontario Line project is likely to miss its target 2027 completion date. The Ford government ripped up a shovel ready r... More
June 2, 2020

Bill 171 opens door for privatized delivery of transit

The Ontario Government is moving forward with Bill 171, The Building Transit Faster Act. This is what the bill does  Bill 171’s purpose is to speed up the delivery of four transit projects: the Ont... More
May 28, 2020

Ford’s Bill 184 will make it easier for landlords to raise rent, evict renters

On Tuesday May 26, the Ford Government tried to slip through a bill - Bill 184 - that will make it easier for landlords to illegally raise the rent and evict renters.  Here’s our summary of Bill 18... More
May 28, 2020

ACT NOW: Speak out against Bill 184, the Eviction Bill

COVID-19 is the worst health crisis we have had in over 100 years.  Yet on May 28 the Ford Government rammed through a bill - Bill 184 - that will make it easier for landlords to illegally raise th... More
May 22, 2020

Protecting the public interest and confirming the status of the Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries as a public trust

This week I joined with Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and fellow Toronto NDP MPPs in sending a letter to Premier Ford concerning an important issue brought to my attention by Friends of... More
May 13, 2020

Work in the Time of COVID-19

This Tuesday, May 19, I will be hosting an online townhall on Work in the Time of COVID-19 featuring two special guests.  Deena Ladd is a Co-founder and Coordinator of the Toronto Workers' Action... More
May 7, 2020

Long-Term Care and COVID-19

On Thursday, May 14, I hosted an online Townhall on Long-Term Care and COVID-19 featuring two special guests.  Jane Meadus is a staff lawyer and institutional advocate with the Advocacy Centre for... More
April 15, 2020

PPE Urgently Needed at Long Term Care Homes

Today, I sent this letter to Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health, regarding the COVID-19 outbreak at Mon Sheong Home for the Aged (D’Arcy Home). As of today, 49 residents and 13 staff have t... More
March 23, 2020

We are hiring legislative staff

We are hiring two positions:  - a legislative assistant (full time, 6 week contract) - a legislative assistant (full time, permanent)  The job description for both positions is the same.  Ontario N... More
March 19, 2020

Summary of the Federal Government's Relief Measures for COVID-19

Our federal, provincial and municipal governments are working together to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, the federal government announced an $82 billion package of aid an... More