Meet your Oshawa MPP Jennifer French

Jennifer French (born 1978) is a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing the riding of Oshawa.

French was born in Winchester, Ontario. She was raised in the United States, having moved there with her family, and returned to Canada to study biology at Queen’s University. She spent three years teaching in Japan then earned a master’s in science with a teaching specialty. She moved to Oshawa where she spent eight years teaching elementary school before first being elected in 2014.

Jennifer is an advocate for equity and social justice, and is invested in community theatre and the arts in Oshawa.

She is a member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in Durham, and has worked with the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Durham Region Labour Council. In her role with the ETFO local team, Jennifer organized the campaign against Bill 115 and coordinated with groups across the province to have the legislation repealed.

During her first provincial term, she was the NDP critic for pension issues, community safety and correctional services, youth engagement and citizenship and immigration.

Jennifer was re-elected to represent the riding of Oshawa in the 2018 provincial election.

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