Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

News & Events

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
December 4, 2020

ACT NOW: Stop Doug Ford's Attack on Wetlands

Right now, Premier Ford is introducing amendments allowing developers to destroy wetlands, floodplains and source water at a cost to human safety. This is a clear threat to Ontarians' safety. Ontar... More
December 2, 2020

Order your sign today!

Every day our office hears from small businesses that are struggling to get by and are worried about surviving a second economic shutdown. It’s been difficult to see so many beloved businesses in ... More
November 27, 2020

Toronto MPP's bill would give cities more say in pot shops' location

QUEEN’S PARK — Davenport NDP MPP Marit Stiles tabled a bill that would give Ontario’s municipalities a say in the location and distribution of private cannabis stores within their communities. The ... More
November 25, 2020

Health experts sidelined as delays and conflicts leave COVID-19 to spread

  NDP response to COVID-19 audit by Ontario’s Auditor General QUEEN’S PARK — A new report by Ontario’s Auditor General reveals unpreparedness, delays and conflicts... More
November 24, 2020

Toronto MPPs' bill urges Ontario to prepare for climate crisis

TORONTO — NDP MPPs Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park)  and Peter Tabuns (Toronto—Danforth) introduced a bill urging Ontario to establish a series of action plans to prepare for and m... More
November 24, 2020

NDP motion passes: legislature condemns McVety’s hate-speech, opposes Ford’s deal to make CCC a university

QUEEN’S PARK — An NDP motion condemning Doug Ford’s move to give Charles McVety the right to grant university degrees has passed. Every last PC MPP who registered a vote backed the Ford... More
November 20, 2020

AG confirms Ford content to destroy climate as favour to insiders

QUEEN'S PARK — NDP Climate Crisis critic Peter Tabuns and Environment critic Ian Arthur released this statement in response to the Ontario Auditor General’s report of the Ford government's handling... More
November 20, 2020

MPP urges Ford to enforce commercial eviction ban as Kensington Market businesses forced to close

TORONTO — NDP MPP Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) is calling on the Ford government to immediately enforce and expand a ban on commercial evictions to protect small businesses. Bell ... More
November 20, 2020

Hatfield: Action needed now to protect migrant workers during the second wave

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP Percy Hatfield (Windsor—Tecumseh) has demanded immediate action from the Ford government to protect migrant agri-food workers during the second wave of the pandemic. In the f... More
November 20, 2020

Transgender Day of Remembrance: NDP Leader and LGBTQ critic statements

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Transgender Day of Remembrance  QUEEN'S PARK – "On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honour the memory of those who have died because of Transphobic violence, hate... More
November 18, 2020

Cap class sizes to avoid school shutdown again: NDP

QUEEN’S PARK — With Doug Ford now admitting he’s considering school closures again, the NDP is urging the Ford government to take action and invest in the safety of students and school staff. NDP E... More
November 18, 2020

Ontario's poor score on energy efficiency Ford's fault, people will pay

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario NDP critic for Energy and The Climate Crisis Peter Tabuns says a new report evaluating the provinces' energy efficiency gives Ontario a shameful score of 45 out of 100, confi... More