Government of Ontario

Rima Berns‑McGown

MPP, Beaches–East York

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Dr. Rima Berns-McGown is the member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches-East York. She is the Official Opposition Critic for Poverty and Homelessness and a member of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly.

Before she was elected, Rima taught Diaspora Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Aberystwyth, an MA from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International studies of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University. She has a long history of writing about and advocating for systemic change that creates equity and societies that truly work for everyone who lives in them.

Rima was born in South Africa of a mixed background and is proud to be a member of Ontario’s first Black Caucus.

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January 16, 2020

MPP Berns-McGown: NDP calls on Ford to declare homelessness a state of emergency

QUEEN’S PARK — Rima Berns-McGown, Ontario NDP critic for Poverty and Homelessness, is calling on the Doug Ford government to declare homelessness in the province a state of emergency. Berns-McGown ... More
December 16, 2019

Ford’s cuts won’t help reduce poverty and homelessness: NDP

Ford’s cuts won’t help reduce poverty and homelessness: NDP QUEEN’S PARK — Rima Berns-McGown, Ontario NDP critic for Poverty and Homelessness, released the following statement in response to news t... More
December 5, 2019

VIDEO: Rima's message to Sweet Ethan from Beaches-East York

As we head into the holiday season, I want to ask all of you to please send prayers and light and love to Sweet Ethan, his sister, and Cindi Shoot.Thank you, Cindi, for your tireless advocacy and c... More