Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

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December 7, 2023

NDP MPPs call on Ford government to pause tearing down rental buildings

TORONTO - MPP Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale), NDP Housing critic, and MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam MPP (Toronto Centre) joined No Demovictions and tenants at 25 St Mary St to introduce a new NDP motion... More
December 4, 2023

Dec. 4, 2023 To help renters and first-time home buyers, NDP calls for short-term rental crackdown

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP Housing critic Jessica Bell issued the following statement in response to today’s report by Desjardins concluding that short-term rentals have significantly impacted housing affo... More
December 4, 2023

Here’s my take on the Conservatives new affordable housing bill, and why I think it falls short on addressing housing affordability

This November, the Conservatives proposed a new definition of affordable housing that developers must meet to qualify for a developer fee exemption for that home. We just completed amendments today... More
December 4, 2023

Participate in 2024 pre-budget consultations

The province has begun pre-budget consultations and is seeking feedback from Ontarians for the 2024 Budget. Pre-budget consultations are an excellent opportunity to ensure you get your voice on the... More
November 20, 2023

Bell: Ford’s Conservatives have left tenants in vulnerable housing situations with nowhere to turn

QUEEN’S PARK – Only four out of 13 landlords who were fined for bad faith evictions actually paid the fines they owed according to a new CBC report. The Report also shows that the current accountab... More
November 16, 2023

Tenant Social November 29

  Please join us at our upcoming tenant social on Wednesday, November 29th from 6-8pm at Knox Church, 630 Spadina Avenue in the Winchester room. All are welcome! Use the form below to RSVP   More
November 16, 2023

Join Our End of Year Party!

  You’re invited to our End of Year Party! Please click here for RSVP 6:00pm-8:00pm, Tuesday, Dec. 12th Tranzac Club 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, ON M5S 2M7 Food and non-alcohol drink will be prov... More
October 24, 2023

Stiles’ NDP brings Homes Ontario to Queen’s Park - a solution to get the province back in the business of building housing

QUEEN’S PARK – Homes Ontario, Marit Stiles and the Ontario NDP’s solution to get the province back in the business of building housing, will go for debate in Queen’s Park today.   The NDP has table... More
October 23, 2023

NDP: The Conservative spiral continues: another bad decision reversed, what else is the Ford government hiding?

QUEEN’S PARK – Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition NDP, released the following statement responding to the government’s latest flip-flop in their spiraling corruption scandal:  “Ministe... More
October 19, 2023

Chinatown Community Lunch

We would love to invite each and every one of you to join our upcoming Chinatown Community Lunch! This special event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Oct.29th, 2023 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at A... More
October 12, 2023

Where’s the student voice in our housing plan?

Justin Cowen is a PhD student studying pancreatic cancer at the University of Toronto. When his apartment building in Toronto was bought by corporate landlord, Harrington Housing, he became a victi... More
October 3, 2023

Greenbelt Victory

Ontarians were outraged when the Conservatives reversed their election promise and approved development on 15 parcels of Greenbelt land owned by developers with ties to the government. Now Ontarian... More
August 31, 2023

Student Housing Forum

Are you a student? Having trouble with your landlord? Is your housing too expensive? Toronto has a housing crisis. Many U of T, OCAD, and TMU students are living in housing that’s not safe, clean,... More
August 8, 2023

RSVP: Is it time for commercial rent control?

Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. On Monday, August 28 from 4-5 pm, I am hosting... More
July 19, 2023

This isn’t about free rent, it’s about fairness

It costs, on average, more than $3,100 a month to rent a modest two-bedroom unit in Toronto. With these prices, a minimum wage worker needs to work 135 hours a week to make ends meet.  Rents are sk... More
July 12, 2023

Refugee housing crisis requires solutions from all levels of government

MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam and I met with Siu Mee Cheng, executive director of Street Haven. CTV news was there to do a feature on Street Haven and the current housing crisis for refugees and asylum see... More
July 6, 2023

Ford Conservatives appoint unqualified insiders to Landlord & Tenant Board

TORONTO - Ontario NDP MPPs Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre), Critic for the Attorney General, and Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale), Critic for Housing, released the following statement expressin... More
June 28, 2023

Tenant Meeting for 277 St. George

June 12, 2023

Reception breakfast to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the enactment of the Chinese Exclusion Act

July 1st this year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Chinese Immigration Act, 1923, also known as the Chinese Exclusion Act. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary and to reflect on... More
June 7, 2023

After weekend eviction of family by Airbnb landlord, we’re calling for a crackdown on illegal short-term rentals.

This afternoon, I stood with Ning, her partner, and her neighbours in Deer Park, outside the home she was illegally evicted from this past weekend. When Ning and her family were out on a day trip ... More
June 5, 2023

NDP: Spiking farm prices raise serious questions about further Ford Greenbelt grab

QUEEN’S PARK - MPP Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale), NDP Housing critic, was joined by MPP Sandy Shaw (Hamilton West- Ancaster-Dundas), NDP critic for Environment, Conservation and Parks, to rais... More
June 5, 2023

School matters

As an MPP and parent of two children who attend TDSB schools, I am personally and politically concerned about the quality of education University-Rosedale’s 33 schools provide to our children.   Th... More
June 1, 2023

Fund Our Schools: Developers should help pay for new schools and repairs

Every parent has seen that sign on a construction fence, warning them that due to resident growth their local school could be too full to accommodate their child.  We are a rapidly growing city. W... More
May 31, 2023

Organizing Handbook

Click here to view as a slide show.  Click here for a PDF copy. Hyperlinks available.   More
May 24, 2023

Virtual rally & town hall: Stop the sprawl!

On Wednesday, May 31 at 7 pm MPP Jessica Bell (University–Rosedale) and MPP Catherine Fife (Waterloo) are hosting a virtual rally and town hall to STOP SPRAWL FROM TAKING IT ALL! We will be joined... More
May 23, 2023

The Conservatives could do the right thing for renters, first-time home buyers and farmers tomorrow. But will they?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working to improve Government Bill 97.    The Conservatives like to say this bill is going to solve our housing crisis. That’s not true. Bill 97 doesn’t do much t... More
May 10, 2023

Bell: Ford actions put 3,440 affordable rental homes in Toronto at risk

QUEEN’S PARK – In Question Period today, MPP Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale), NDP Housing critic demanded the Ford government respect the City of Toronto’s renter protections and commit to savin... More
May 4, 2023

ACT NOW: Demand a fair and just LTB

The Ombudsman's report lays out what we already knew – the Tribunal is failing in its duty to provide fast and fair access to justice and the Ford government is letting it happen.  Renters are wait... More
May 4, 2023

NDP: Ombudsman’s report paints a damning picture of unfairness and injustice at Landlord & Tenant Board

“A system that isn’t working for anyone” More
April 28, 2023

NDP: Ford Conservatives’ illegal eviction laws are too weak to work

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario NDP Housing Critic Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) is calling on the Ford Conservatives to strengthen Bill 97, Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act, 2023, to better ... More