Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

News & Events

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
March 17, 2020

Today's COVID-19 response includes state of emergency plus funding

This morning, the Ontario Premier has declared a state of emergency and announced the first phase of the government’s response plan for COVID-19. The state of emergency gives the government emergen... More
March 16, 2020

Ontario NDP Calls for Additional Protections in COVID-19 Legislation

QUEEN’S PARK — Andrea Horwath said people deserve more financial protection than the government is currently contemplating in its emergency legislation, and has reached out to offer help to beef up... More
March 13, 2020

Updates on COVID-19 Coronavirus

Right now, I know many in our community are concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. My team and I will do our best to provide updates and direct constituents to reliable sources of ... More
March 13, 2020

ACT NOW: We Need a Vision Zero Strategy for Road Safety

Everyone has a right to feel safe on our roads, including drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, seniors, kids, and emergency road workers. But right now, our streets aren't safe. Each day, an average of ... More
February 26, 2020

MPP Bell calls for transit to be built faster with moratorium on using P3s to build transit

Jessica Bell, Ontario NDP Transit critic, is calling on Doug Ford to speed up the delivery of upcoming transit projects by stopping the use of P3 procurement, at least until the auditor general con... More
February 20, 2020

ACT Now: Stop the Fare Hikes

The Ford Government is about to make some big transit cuts, with huge impacts on commuters. Commuters that take the GO and the TTC are about to see their fares go up by $1.50 per ride, or $3 per ro... More
February 20, 2020

I want to hear from you!

Your thoughts and concerns are very important to me – I want to hear from you! Please let me know how I can best represent you and your priorities within our community as well as at Queen’s Park. More
February 14, 2020

Downtown MPPs Call on Airbnb to Follow the City of Toronto's Rules

Following the tragic shooting at an Airbnb rental in CityPlace, University-Rosedale MPP Jessica Bell has written an open letter, along with MPP Chris Glover (Spadina-Fort York) and MPP Suze Morriso... More
January 23, 2020

Condo Dwellers: Have your say

More info coming soon
January 23, 2020

Statement from NDP Transit critic on March 31 end date for fare discount for GTA commuters

QUEEN’S PARK — Official Opposition critic for Transit Jessica Bell released the following statement regarding the news that  the Discounted Double Fare program between GO and the TTC will officiall... More
January 9, 2020

Tenant School

Are you a tenant? Are you struggling to get basic repairs done? Ever felt nervous about your privacy, rent increases or evictions? Do you have questions about your rights under the law? Have you e... More
December 5, 2019

Act Now: Stop the Education Cuts

The Ontario Government’s decision last spring to cut $1 billion from Ontario classrooms is hurting students, parents, and schools. All across the province, teachers are getting pink slips, student... More
November 28, 2019

Letter from MPP Bell and MPP Stiles asks Ministers to support speed enforcement cameras in school zones

22 public school councils, residents' associations, road safety groups, and concerned individuals have signed an open letter from Transit Critic Jessica Bell (MPP for University-Rosedale) and MPP M... More
November 26, 2019

MPP Jessica Bell Asks Metrolinx, Mulroney to come clean on cost of Instagram ‘influencer’ ads

University—Rosedale MPP Jessica Bell has written an open letter to Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney and Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster, publicly requesting that they release the ... More
November 20, 2019

MPP Jessica Bell Requests Immediate Review of the Retirement Homes Act

MPP Bell requests an immediate review of the Retirement Homes Act, including how it interacts with the Residential Tenancies Act, in response to abrupt closures of retirement homes. Private retirem... More
November 7, 2019

Act Now: Stand Up for Worker Safety

Last month, we lost a member of our community, Enrico Miranda. Enrico was a father and a grandfather. He was known for his kind smile. He grew up in the Philippines where he trained as an engineer... More
October 16, 2019

The Ontario Government is backing down from stealing our subway, but issues remain

This morning, the Ontario Government and Mayor John Tory made some big transit announcements on the subway upload, the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Extension, the Yonge Line extension, and the Egl... More