Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

News & Events

November 18, 2021

Here’s what I said about the Govt’s Fall Economic Statement in the Legislature this week

This week, I was proud to speak to Bill 43, the Ford government’s Fall Economic Statement. This is a summary of what I said: I told the gov’t off for cutting $467M from education, and called for i... More
November 18, 2021

I raise your concerns about the Gov’t’s Long Term Care Home bill in the legislature

This week, I was proud to speak on Bill 37, the Government’s bill to reform the long-term care home sector. Bill 37 sets non-binding targets for increasing staffing care to residents to four hours... More
November 9, 2021

NDP MPPs introduce anti-money laundering bill to make homes affordable

No more numbered companies buying up homes anonymously, says NDP (full press conference here)  TORONTO — NDP Housing critic Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) and Parkdale-High Park MPP Bhutila Kar... More
November 5, 2021

First Impressions of Fall Economic Statement 2021

2021 Fall Economic Statement Note  TOP CONCERNS:   No affordability measures for average folks  No relief for high gas prices or the increasing cost of living  No long-term planning to improv... More
October 30, 2021

Condo dwellers call for better government oversight over condo sector

Add your name to our public letter below as we call for better protections for condo dwellers! We will personally deliver this letter with our signatures to Minister Romano in the next two weeks. ... More
October 20, 2021

Enhanced vaccine receipts are here

Enhanced Vaccine Receipts are now available to everyone from https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-proof/ Your proof of vaccination will now include a QR code that businesses can scan using the Verify On... More
October 19, 2021

Tell us about class sizes in your school

If you’re concerned about class sizes at your school and want to help advocate to keep schools safe and open, fill out the survey below!
October 19, 2021

NDP bill would stop landlords from jacking up rent between tenants

TORONTO — NDP MPPs Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale-High Park), Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale), Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre) and Terence Kernaghan (London North Centre) have introduced a bill to stabi... More
October 7, 2021

Roundtable for condo dwellers October 21

Ontario’s condo dwellers deserve to have rights and protections so they can live good lives in well-maintained homes. To achieve this goal, we need legal and regulatory change.  The Minister of Gov... More
October 7, 2021

MPP urges Ombudsman to investigate online LTB failings

TORONTO — Ontario NDP critic for Housing Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) is urging the Ontario Ombudsman to investigate whether the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is meeting its duty to provide... More
October 6, 2021

Toronto MPPs urge Ford to restore municipal authority on construction noise

TORONTO – NDP MPPs for Toronto Suze Morrison (Toronto Centre), Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale), Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale-High Park), Faisal Hassan (York South-Weston), Peter Tabuns (Toronto-Da... More
September 23, 2021

Four Lessons from the Federal Election

Canada’s 44th election is over. The election cost $660 million, and we got the same results as before, give or take a few seats. The Liberals got the minority they deserved.    Despite the status q... More
August 31, 2021

ACT NOW: Keep renters safe & cool!

Add your name to our public letter below & demand protections for renters from extreme heat! Minister Steve ClarkMinistry of Municipal Affairs and Housing17th Floor, 777 Bay St.Toronto, ON M5G... More
August 23, 2021

现在就采取行动: 要求九月大家能安全地重返校园

在新冠疫情期间, 安省学校在加拿大所有省份中关闭了最长的时间. 今年, 我们不能再经历一年的学校关闭, 学习中断, 或是艰难的远距或在校/网上混合教学模式. 孩子们应得到更好的学习环境. 我们可以给他们小班制﹅更安全的校园, 提供更多帮助让每一个人都可以安全地重返校园﹅重回学习正轨︒ 我们要团结一致, 要求政府更重视教育. 填写下列的表格, 您将可以向省长福特, 安省教育厅厅长莱切, 以及代... More
July 30, 2021

Surgery wait times: we want to hear from you!

Throughout the pandemic my office heard from so many constituents who had to delay lifesaving procedures, from dialysis to lung cancer treatments. For many, these wait times are a matter of life a... More
July 30, 2021

Addressing food insecurity: a conversation with Paul Taylor

Hunger is a growing issue in our city and our country. Our office organizes food drives to address the immediate need of making sure people can feed their families. Throughout the pandemic I have h... More
July 28, 2021

NDP demands protections for renters living in hot apartments

TORONTO — Jessica Bell, the Ontario NDP critic for Tenant Rights, is urging the Ford government to take legislative action to protect tenants living in dangerously hot apartments. Bell was joined f... More
July 12, 2021

Chinese-Speaking Tenants Rights Townhall 租客法律權益線上中文討論

過去一年對於很多租客來說都是困難的一年, 在疫情期間湧現了新的問題. 為了提高華人租客對於自身權利的認識, 多了解租客可以如何組織團結起來, 以及殘障人士的住屋權益, 我們辦公室將會在七月二十二日, 星期四下午兩點到四點舉行租客權益講座. 該講座將會以廣東話以及普通話進行, 我們同時會提供中英翻譯. 本次講座將會分兩小組進行. 請按這裡註冊. 第一組: 主講者: Jenny Quan, 法律... More
June 29, 2021

Call for accountability in support of residential school survivors

Only a few weeks ago, the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced that the remains of 215 children had been found on the grounds of a Kamloops Residential School and now hundreds more unm... More
June 25, 2021

Phone Zap for Residential School Survivors

Only a few weeks ago, the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced that the remains of 215 children had been found on the grounds of a Kamloops Residential School and now hundreds more unmark... More
June 25, 2021

Ontario’s laws do not adequately protect renters from illegal eviction

Ron and his mom have been dealing with landlord harassment for years.  Among many other things, their landlord has given them informal eviction notices, cut electricity in some rooms, damaged thei... More
June 24, 2021

Statement from Sol Mamakwa, Ontario NDP critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations

THUNDER BAY — NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong), Ontario NDP critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations, released the following statement in response to the horrific discovery of hundreds of child... More
June 24, 2021

ACT NOW: Say no to hybrid learning!

The last year and a half has been an extremely difficult time for students, parents and educators and the government needs to do everything in its power to make schools as safe and as normal as po... More
June 22, 2021

Ford should freeze rent increases, help people struggling during the pandemic

QUEEN’S PARK — Jessica Bell, Ontario NDP critic for Tenant Rights, released the following statement on the Ford government’s quiet decision to let landlord raise rents again in 2022 by setting the ... More
June 18, 2021

SAY NO TO HYBRID LEARNING Community Meeting & Phone Zap

We need to urgently send a message to the Ford government and push back against measures that do not have the best interest of students in mind. Please join our community meeting and phone zap on ... More
June 18, 2021

NDP MPP calls for action to stop billionaire corporation from buying up single-family homes

TORONTO – NDP Housing critic MPP Jessica Bell (University–Rosedale) is calling on Doug Ford to take action to stop a corporation from buying up $1 billion in single-family homes across Southern Ont... More
June 17, 2021

ACT NOW: Support MPP Jessica Bell's Vacant Homes Tax

Skyrocketing housing prices have made the dream of homeownership out of reach for many Ontarians, particularly young people and newcomers. While Doug Ford has helped speculators and large developer... More
June 10, 2021

Tenant Townhall: Keeping our homes cool this summer

With summer here, the days and nights are getting hot and many tenants do not have access to air conditioning. Some renters who try to install their own air conditioning units experience harassmen... More
June 7, 2021

NDP motion would create speculation and vacant home taxes

Following NDP commitments, Bell's motion would direct tax revenue to building affordable housing  TORONTO – NDP Housing critic Jessica Bell (University–Rosedale) introduced a motion this week to cr... More
June 1, 2021

Evictions ban ending Wednesday is dangerous: NDP critic

TORONTO — The Ontario NDP's Housing and Tenant Rights critic Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) is warning of the dangers of Doug Ford’s decision to lift the evictions ban on Wednesday, despite the... More