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Jill Andrew

Jill Andrew is the first Black and queer person elected into the Ontario Legislature. Her platform stands for race and social justice, healthcare equity, and the benefits of arts and culture.

A portrait illustration of Jill Andrew.

Member of Provincial Parliament, Community Organizer, and Body Image Advocate

In 2018, Jill Andrew made history as the first Black queer person elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto-St. Paul’s. She serves as the Culture Critic, Heritage Critic, and Women’s Issues Critic for the Official Opposition and co-founded the Ontario NDP Ontario Black Caucus – the first of its kind in the province. Outside of politics, Andrew co-founded Body Confidence Canada and is an award-winning educator and advocate for equity, human rights, and body-image. She is a community co-owner of Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore, as well as an avid volunteer and donor – supporting organizations across the GTA that prioritize Black and racialized communities, youth, women, the arts, 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and chronic health advocacy.

Andrew’s dedication and leadership continue to shape a more just and inclusive city for all.

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