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 professor 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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January 18, 2019

Ford silent on homelessness crisis heading into one of the coldest weekends of the year

Rima Berns-McGown, Ontario NDP critic for poverty and homelessness, said it’s shameful that the Ford government is quite literally leaving vulnerable people out in the cold ahead of plunging tempe... More
January 13, 2019

Community Office Opening and Open House

Thanks so much to each and every one of you who came to our office opening yesterday! I am deeply grateful for our beautiful Beaches-East York community and the privilege to work on your behalf. He... More
December 5, 2018

MPP calls on Ford Conservatives to address rising senior poverty

QUEEN’S PARK — Rima Berns-McGown, MPP for Beaches-East York and NDP critic for Poverty and Homelessness, urged the Ford Conservatives to address increasing senior poverty Tuesday in question period... More