Mitzie believes that a good education is key to the success of Ontario’s people, and she is passionate about making sure everyone has equal access to those opportunities. First elected as the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood in 2013, Mitzie currently serves as the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, where she’s helping make college and university tuition free for the over 225,000 families. She previously served as Minister of Education, Associate Minister of Finance and Parliamentary Assistant of Community and Social Services, leading pension reform and implementing Ontario’s first ever plan to make classrooms more equitable for students from diverse backgrounds.
Mitzie and her family came to Canada from Jamaica and she grew up in Scarborough. In her community, she’s been a longtime advocate for Scarborough’s youth, seniors, newcomers, health care and job training. Through her work, she’s helped hundreds of people in the city connect with literacy and mathematics training, post-secondary education and employment. She also believes that if you work hard, you should be able to support yourself and your family. That’s why Mitzie was part of the team that raised the minimum wage to $14, and is committed to raising it again to $15 in 2019. She also helped make prescription medication free for everyone under 25 — that’s over 130,000 children and youth in Scarborough, the largest expansion to medicare in a generation.
Additionally, Mitzie is bringing faster and more frequent GO service to Scarborough. She secured the Lakeshore East-Central Corridor Expansion project and helped bring Light Rail Tranist to UTSC and Scarborough.