Government of Ontario

Rima Berns‑McGown

MPP, Beaches–East York

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

Before getting elected, she was a lecturer at the University of Toronto at Mississauga where she taught diaspora studies and served as Research Director of The Mosaic Institute. She holds a PhD from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, an MA from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of John Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. Most recently, she also completed the Directors Education Program with the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Rima and her partner David have lived in Beaches–East York for 25 years, where they raised their four kids. You can sometimes catch them walking their dogs Elliot and Kuma along the boardwalk. She advocates for systemic change that creates meaningful inclusion, accountable institutions and the elimination of all systemic oppression.

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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
November 20, 2019

VIDEO: Rima on Child Welfare Services and Cuts to OW/ODSP

Rima questioning the Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues and the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services on the cuts to social assistance rates and child welfare services.  More
November 15, 2019

Homelessness count the latest anti-poverty program to get Ford’s axe

Homelessness count the latest anti-poverty program to get Ford’s axe  TORONTO — With temperatures plunging, the Official Opposition New Democrats’ Poverty and Homelessness critic, Rima Berns-McGown... More