Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

News & Events

September 7, 2022

End legislated poverty. Double assistance rates now.

For the 900,000 Ontarians who live on social assistance (ODSP or OW), the atrociously low rates make it impossible to afford necessities, such as food, shelter or medicine. Ford's Conservatives pro... More
September 7, 2022

NDP MPPs reintroduce bill to stop landlords from gouging tenants

TORONTO — NDP MPPs Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) and Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale-High Park), along with Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre) and Terence Kernaghan (London North Centre), have announced t... More
September 7, 2022

Demand Real Rent Control Now

Toronto has a housing affordability crisis. People are sleeping in parks. Families have to wait up to a decade to move into community housing. Rent is too expensive. And only the richest 5% of inco... More
September 6, 2022

Not enough to live on

Over the next two weeks I’ll be living on a welfare diet of $47.60 a week, joining my colleagues MPPs Vaugeois, Harden, and Taylor. Our plan is to draw attention to the 900,000 people living on pov... More
September 6, 2022

University-Rosedale forum for education

NOTE: We are postponing this education forum to ensure the newly elected school board trustee can be present at this meeting to make it as productive as possible. We will update this webpage and se... More
August 19, 2022

It took us decades to build a public health care system. We’re not going to give it up without a fight.

The health care crisis is affecting us here in University-Rosedale. This month, three of Toronto General’s intensive care units reached bed capacity, including units for cardiovascular and coronary... More
August 18, 2022

Ontario should follow B.C., establish public land registry to fight money laundering: NDP MPPs

TORONTO — NDP Housing critic Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) is re-introducing legislation with MPP Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale-High Park) to crack down on money laundering and tax fraud in Ontar... More
August 17, 2022

ACT NOW: Homes are for people first!

  While individual buyers are required to publicly register the property they own, investors can set up numbered corporations, trusts and partnerships that are allowed to buy and sell property ano... More
August 12, 2022

Here's what in Ford's 2022-2023 budget

The 2022 post-election budget document is unchanged. However, the re-announced budget measures include a 5% increase and indexing to inflation of ODSP, beginning in September a two-year $225 milli... More
August 11, 2022

New Strong Mayors bill is a blow to democracy and civic engagement

One of Doug Ford’s first orders of business after winning the election in 2018 was the euphemistically-termed Better Local Government Act, which cut Toronto’s wards from 45 to 24 in the middle of t... More
July 11, 2022

Help 11 Walmer Road residents get back into their apartments 

My office is currently working with a group of tenants who were evicted in 2019 from 11 Walmer Road due to renovations. Six of these tenants expressed interest in returning and all filed the approp... More
June 28, 2022

Tenants threatened with eviction for using AC window units

Today, I went on Newstalk 1010 with Jerry Agar to talk about the tenants at 130 Jameson who are being threatened with eviction if they don’t remove their dishwashers or window AC units. Many of the... More
April 6, 2022

Act Now: Keep Health Care Public

University Rosedale is home to many heroic health care professionals, as well as Canada’s best hospitals, including Prince Margaret, Toronto General, Mount Sinai, Toronto Western, Sick Kids, and Wo... More
April 4, 2022

Update on government housing bill 109, committee sign-up

Government Bill 109, The More Homes for Everyone Act, stated purpose is to speed up housing construction. Among other things, the Act formalizes the MZO process and sets up penalties municipaliti... More
March 24, 2022

Businesses still waiting to receive promised gov't financial aid

My office is still receiving emails and calls from small businesses in University Rosedale who are having difficulty receiving the financial aid they were promised by the Ontario government.   Duri... More
March 23, 2022

ACT NOW: Address the opioid crisis

Like many communities in Ontario, Toronto's Kensington Market is seeing a sharp rise in drug poisoning and fatal overdoses. While the provincial government should be working with community stakeho... More
March 22, 2022

On World Water Day, NDP MPP re-introduces bill to reduce microfibres in Ontario waters

QUEEN'S PARK — Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) will re-introduce her bill to ensure all washing machines sold in Ontario are equipped with a filter that reduces the shed of microfibres into wate... More
March 10, 2022

Stop the clawback of Ontario Trillium Benefits from TCHC tenants

Toronto Community Housing Corporation tenants have contacted our office in distress after the Canadian Revenue Agency said they are clawing back hundreds of dollars in Ontario Trillium Benefits.  ... More
March 9, 2022

Commercial rent control survey: we want to hear from you!

Small businesses in University Rosedale and across Ontario have been decimated by this pandemic. Many were offered meagre and inadequate supports and many more received nothing at all. However, eve... More
March 8, 2022

Meeting for Tenants of 30 & 35 Charles St. W. March 28 at 6:00 PM

Open to all tenants at 30 & 35 Charles St. West. Please RSVP here in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Conta... More
March 3, 2022

Action Alert! Demand the government pass Bill 54 to protect vulnerable road users now.

Send a message to Minister Mulroney and House Leader Paul Calandra now! Demand the government pass Bill 54 to protect vulnerable road users now.  Bill 54, the Vulnerable Road Users Law (VRUL) if ap... More
March 3, 2022

Ford’s Bill 88 keeps gig-workers underpaid, unprotected

This week the government introduced Bill 88 the Working for Workers Act. This bill is the second slim omnibus bill the government is promoting as pro-worker, with a focus on minimum standards for a... More
March 1, 2022

NDP reintroduces ban on COVID evictions

MPPs say evictions should be off until pandemic officially over More
February 26, 2022

Call in or join us online for a virtual town hall with MPP Jessica Bell!

Join MPP Jessica Bell and residents of University–Rosedale for a virtual and telephone town hall on March 9 at 7 pm. During our meeting, we will discuss the issues facing our community and provin... More
February 26, 2022

Horwath’s NDP forces vote on $1.3B to tackle surgery backlog

Andrea Horwath’s Official Opposition NDP will force a vote in the legislature on Monday on funding and a strategy to tackle the overwhelming backlog of surgeries. Background Horwath will mov... More
February 12, 2022

Approve the construction of 59 modular homes for the homeless

Last year, the City of Toronto asked the Ford government to fast-track approval for a supportive housing project in Willowdale. But that approval never came, leaving families waiting in shelters o... More
February 8, 2022

NDP response to Housing report

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario NDP Housing critic Jessica Bell said she is closely reviewing the Ford government's housing report, released Tuesday, and issued the following statement:"Ontarians are being ... More
February 4, 2022

There's no place for hate in our city

Not yet subscribed to our weekly newsletter? Learn what we know about the Toronto convoy so far, tips for staying safe, and where you can report hate and harassment here.  Dear Neighbour,This weeke... More
February 1, 2022

Open Letter to Metrolinx re: Siting of GO transit layover facility in the Don Valley

We are so lucky to have the Don Valley ravine system running through University Rosedale.  It's our job to protect it.  In response to community concerns, I am writing a public sign-on letter to tr... More
January 31, 2022

NDP calls for attainable homes people can afford to be a requirement of provincial land sales

NDP says Ford government’s claim that affordable housing’s not a provincial responsibility is bogus QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP Housing critic Jessica Bell said attaina... More