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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July 14, 2020

Homelessness is a public health crisis

Homelessness is a public health crisis. Sixty percent of Ontario’s homeless population lives in the GTA — well over 10,000 people. Many are Black, Indigenous, racialized, identify as 2SLGBTQ, ... More
March 16, 2020

COVID-19 - Letter to Residents

-Hello Neighbours, I know COVID-19 is top of everyone's minds and I understand that people are concerned for their health and unsure of what the next few weeks will hold.I want to start by thanking... More
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