Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

News & Events

April 8, 2021

ACT NOW: Demand safe communities and safe schools!

Ontario’s 2021 budget confirms Doug Ford’s government is cutting $1.6 billion from education. There will also be no replenishment of school board reserves, which were exhausted last year and no com... More
April 1, 2021

Ontario Small Business Support Grant feedback form now open

  Since the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBG) was launched, our office has heard from a number of business owners who have struggled to access this grant. We want to hear what has and wh... More
April 1, 2021

Ford passes bill to make it easier to ignore public's concerns before bulldozing

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP Attorney General critic Gurratan Singh (Brampton East), and NDP Housing critic Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) issued the following statement in response to the Doug Ford gove... More
March 29, 2021

ACT NOW: Stop microplastics from entering our waterways!

Microplastics in the Great Lakes are an increasing concern for the health of our waters, the creatures that live there, and the 14.5 million Ontarians who rely on them for their drinking water. Th... More
March 29, 2021

NDP MPPs' bill would reduce microplastics in Ontario waters

QUEEN'S PARK — NDP MPPs Ian Arthur (Kingston and the Islands) and Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) will introduce a bill to prohibit the sale of washing machines not equipped with a filter that r... More
March 26, 2021

More must be done to ensure fair access to vaccine

Migrant and undocumented people are at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, often working in essential jobs that sustain our communities.  Although undocumented workers contribute to Ontario’s eco... More
March 25, 2021

Seniors should not have to worry about unfair evictions

In 2019, over 100 seniors were evicted from Davenhill Senior Living at Yonge and Bloor. The work we did with these residents helped us to realize that laws protecting seniors in retirement homes n... More
March 18, 2021

NDP bill would protect seniors from unfair eviction

TORONTO – Ontario NDP Tenant Rights critic Jessica Bell (University–Rosedale) will introduce a bill to better protect seniors living in retirement homes against unfair rent increases, service fees ... More
March 12, 2021

Doug Ford is bringing big money back into politics

While Ontarians continue to struggle with the province’s failed response to COVID-19, the Ford government is making changes to Ontario’s election laws that will shield them from public criticism an... More
March 11, 2021

What to do when you're facing an eviction

Join MPP Jessica Bell, MPP Jill Andrew, and tenant advocates for a digital information session on how to fight an eviction, what to expect in a landlord and tenant board meeting and how to ... More
March 8, 2021

Lifting evictions ban unsafe and unethical: NDP MPP

TORONTO — The Ontario NDP's Housing and Tenant Rights critic Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) held a virtual press conference Monday warning of the dangers of Doug Ford's decision to lift the evi... More
March 4, 2021

Ford must step up supports to stop homelessness and housing crisis: NDP

NDP responds to shocking FAO report QUEEN'S PARK -- The Ontario's NDP's Housing and Tenant Rights critic Jessica Bell and Poverty and Homelessness critic Rima Berns-McGown made this statement in re... More
March 1, 2021

Bad changes to land use planning posed in Bill 245

Since becoming Premier, Doug Ford has passed laws and regulations to help big developers. After all, these are very people who helped him get elected and who continue to donate to PC MPPs. Now Doug... More
February 27, 2021

NDP urges more protection for renters as above guideline increases rise 250%

February 25, 2021 TORONTO — The NDP's Tenant Rights critic Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) called on the Ford government to address the skyrocketing numbers of above guideline rent hikes being a... More
February 17, 2021

NDP bill urges govt to ban pandemic evictions

TORONTO — NDP MPPs Suze Morrison (Toronto Centre) and Jessica Bell (University- Rosedale) are calling on all MPPs to pass their co-sponsored bill the No COVID Evictions Act on Wednesday. If passed,... More
February 16, 2021

ACT NOW: No COVID Evictions

No one should be forced out of their home in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of having a safe, secure place to call home.  Right now thousands of tenants are unab... More
February 9, 2021

Ford’s end to the State of Emergency sends dangerous messages

QUEEN’S PARK — Doug Ford’s move to end the State of Emergency Tuesday and re-open the province within two weeks without any new public health protections is sending a dangerous message that it’s ti... More
January 29, 2021

ACT NOW: Permanent Paid Sick Leave

It’s time to pass Ontario's NDP Peggy Sattler's Stay Home If You Are Sick Act to ensure any Ontarian who has fallen ill can stay home without the fear of lost wages. More
January 29, 2021

Have questions about the vaccine and the vaccine rollout? I want to hear from you!

My office has already heard from many of you who have questions about the vaccine, when you can expect to get it, and how. In order to address these concerns, I will be sitting down for a conversa... More
January 21, 2021

Cutting GO transit service could put our essential workers at risk

TORONTO — NDP MPP Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale), the Official Opposition NDP Transit critic, issued the following statement in response to Metrolinx’s move to cut GO and Union Pearson Express ... More
January 21, 2021

Safe Return - Education Round Table

Join MPP Jessica Bell and Education Critic MPP Marit Stiles for a digital round table on a safe return to in-person learning.  The purpose of this town hall is to hear from parents, teacher... More
January 15, 2021

Ford must pay municipalities to cap ridership on transit: NDP MPPs

YORK SOUTH-WESTON — NDP MPP Faisal Hassan (York South—Weston) and NDP Transit critic Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) said Premier Doug Ford must give funding to municipalities so they can cap ri... More
January 13, 2021

NDP and frontline workers say conditions at St. George present humanitarian crisis

QUEEN’S PARK — Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and University-Rosedale MPP Jessica Bell, along with frontline workers, say the Ford government’s choice not to protect long-term care h... More
January 8, 2021

ACT NOW: Stop Rykka's takeover of Rose of Sharon long-term care

Rose of Sharon is the only long-term care home dedicated to serving the Korean community in Ontario. The facility focuses on Korean culture, serves traditional food, organizes Korean activities, an... More
January 6, 2021

For-profit LTC home in University Rosedale has Ontario’s largest COVID-19 outbreak

St. George Care Community, which is located on St. George St in my riding of University Rosedale, now has the largest COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario. As of January 5, there are 84 active resident cas... More
December 8, 2020

MPP Bell introduces motion for two-hour, flat-rate fare across municipal GTHA transit

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP MPP Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) will present a motion Tuesday calling for a two-hour, flat fare across municipal GTHA transit systems, in collaboration with municipal tran... More
December 8, 2020

Auditor highlights PRESTO fare failures

NDP calls for transit pay-system reform  QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario NDP Transit critic Jessica Bell released this statement in response to the Ontario Auditor General’s report on Metrolinx: “Liberal an... More
December 7, 2020

NDP responds to Board of Trade transit fare policy push

Originally published November 25, 2020 QUEEN’S PARK — In response to the Toronto Region Board of Trade report released today, the Ontario NDP Transit critic Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) relea... More
December 7, 2020

Toronto NDP MPPs call on Ford government to help homeless residents

(Originally published December 4) TORONTO — NDP MPPs Jill Andrew (Toronto-St. Paul’s), Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale), Rima Berns-McGown (Beaches-East York), Chris Glover (Spadina—Fort York), F... More
December 7, 2020

Toronto MPP launches safe “I Shop Local” campaign to help small biz survive COVID-19

TORONTO – NDP MPP Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) has launched an “I Shop Local” sign campaign to encourage Torontonians to safely shop at local stores during the current busy shopping season an... More