Jill Andrew

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Jill Andrew
Critic, Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity, Culture, Heritage
Assumed office
July 13, 2022
Leader Peter Tabuns (interim)
Critic, Culture and Women's Issues
In office
August 23, 2018 – June 2, 2022
LeaderAndrea Horwath
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Toronto—St. Paul's
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byEric Hoskins
Personal details
Political partyNew Democratic
Domestic partnerAisha Fairclough

Jill Andrew MPP is a Canadian politician who has represented Toronto—St. Paul's in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since June 7, 2018 as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP).


Andrew attended Humber College, where she earned a child and youth worker diploma. She also holds a Bachelor of Education (BEd) from York University amongst her other undergraduate degrees, a master’s degree from the University of Toronto in women and gender studies, a PhD from the York University Faculty of Education.[1]

Political career[edit]

Andrew ran as the NDP candidate in Toronto—St. Paul's in the 2018 provincial election and was elected as a member of Provincial Parliament (MPP).[2] She is the critic for culture and women's issues. She is part of the Ontario NDP Black caucus, along with fellow MPPs Laura Mae Lindo, Faisal Hassan, Rima Berns-McGown and Kevin Yarde.[3] She is the first Black and Queer person to be elected to the Ontario Legislature.[1]

Andrew has served as official opposition critic on a number of portfolios, including women's issues, culture and heritage.[4] Andrew has passed several pieces of legislation, including Bill 61 which proclaims the week beginning February 1 in each year as Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Bill 61 received Royal Assent in December 2020.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Andrew identifies as queer.[7] Andrew and her partner Aisha Fairclough, a television producer and diversity consultant, are members of the community consortium that own Glad Day Bookshop, an LGBT bookstore in Toronto's Church and Wellesley gay village.[8] Andrew cofounded the group Body Confidence Canada.[9]

Electoral record[edit]

2022 Ontario general election: Toronto—St. Paul's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Jill Andrew 15,292 36.26 +0.30
Liberal Nathan Stall 14,200 33.67 +0.28
Progressive Conservative Blake Libfeld 9,445 22.39 -3.91
Green Ian Lipton 2,302 5.46 +2.23
New Blue Yehuda Goldberg 473 1.12
Ontario Party Christian Ivanov Mihaylov 240 0.57
Populist Zoë Alexandra 138 0.33
Moderate Margarita Sharapova 87 0.21 -0.06
Total valid votes 42,175 99.23 +0.26
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 328 0.77 -0.26
Turnout 42,503 47.26 -15.72
Eligible voters 89,936
New Democratic hold Swing +0.01
Source: Elections Ontario
2018 Ontario general election: Toronto—St. Paul's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Jill Andrew 18,843 35.96 +25.75
Liberal Jess Spindler 17,498 33.39 -26.26
Progressive Conservative Andrew Kirsch 13,780 26.30 +2.41
Green Teresa Pun 1,690 3.23 -1.85
Libertarian Jekiah U. Dunavant 448 0.85 -0.03
Moderate Marina Doshchitsina 143 0.27 +0.27
Total valid votes 52,402 98.97
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 547 1.03
Turnout 52,949 63.63
Eligible voters 83,206
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +26.00
Source: Elections Ontario[10]


  1. ^ a b "Jill Andrew". Jill Andrew. Retrieved 2022-04-23.
  2. ^ "Jill Andrew captures Toronto-St. Paul’s for NDP". Toronto Star, June 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "NDP establishes first official Black Caucus in Ontario History". Ontario New Democratic Party, April 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "Jill Andrew | Legislative Assembly of Ontario". www.ola.org. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  5. ^ "MPP Jill Andrew marks first Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Ontario history". Ontario NDP. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  6. ^ "Eating Disorders Awareness Week Act, 2020". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  7. ^ "These Seven Torontonians Explain What It Means to be Queer". Torontoist, June 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Of confidence and curves: a Toronto couple campaigns for body positivity". Curve, April 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "‘It was a trifecta of hate’: Body image activist recalls moment she was accosted by a man over her weight, race". Global News, April 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 28, 2018.

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