Standing up for Toronto–St. Paul's
Dr. Jill Andrew, PhD is the MPP for Toronto-St. Paul's. She is also the Official Opposition Critic for Women's Social and Economic Opportunity, and for Culture, Heritage. Jill is a member of the Ontario NDP Black Caucus, a first of its kind in Ontario legislative history. She was the first Black & Queer person to be elected to the Ontario Legislature.
Jill has been a leading voice on issues of gender, race and social justice, the housing crisis, healthcare inequities, education, long-term care and the immeasurable benefit of arts and culture. She has supported numerous people dealing with all sorts of issues, from evictions and bad faith landlords to insufficient government support to people with disabilities.
Jill co-founded Body Confidence Canada in support of body diversity. She received a Lifetime Advocacy Award from the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, the 2022 Viola Desmond Alumni Award, and the Nancy Ruth Award for her commitment to gender equity. She was also named one of Post City Magazine Toronto’s 21 Most Inspirational Women of 2021.
Outside of politics, Jill is an award-winning educator, an equity and body-image advocate and writer. She lives in Toronto - St. Paul's with her partner and their two cats, Dorothy Dandridge and Josephine Baker.