Jill Andrew

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Jill Andrew
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, television producer, diversity consultant.
OccupationPolitician. Business Owner

Jill Andrew is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election.[1] She represents the electoral district of Toronto—St. Paul's as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party and was renominated on January 13, 2021, for the 43rd Ontario general election.[2] She is the Ontario NDP Culture & Women's Issues Critic and the first Black and Queer person to be elected to the Ontario Legislature and reportedly in Canada.[3] She holds a PhD from York University’s Faculty of Education and a Master’s degree in women and gender studies from the University of Toronto New College.

Andrew is a public speaker and activist, cofounding the group Body Confidence Canada.[4] She is part of Ontario's first ever Black Caucus, alongside NDP caucus colleagues Laura Mae Lindo, Faisal Hassan, Rima Berns-McGown and Kevin Yarde.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Andrew identifies as queer.[6] 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.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

2018 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Jill Andrew 18,843 35.96 +25.75
Liberal Jess Spindler 17,495 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
Ontario Moderate Party Marina Doshchitsina 143 0.27 +0.27
Eligible voters 83,206
Turnout 52,399 62.98 +3.12
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +26.00
Source: Elections Ontario[8]


  1. ^ "Jill Andrew captures Toronto-St. Paul’s for NDP". Toronto Star, June 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Toronto-St. Paul's Ontario NDP Nomination Meeting".
  3. ^ https://www.jillandrewmpp.ca/
  4. ^ "‘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.
  5. ^ "NDP establishes first official Black Caucus in Ontario History". Ontario New Democratic Party, April 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "These Seven Torontonians Explain What It Means to be Queer". Torontoist, June 20, 2016.
  7. ^ "Of confidence and curves: a Toronto couple campaigns for body positivity". Curve, April 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 December 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2019.