Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario

Seniors and Accessibility

MPP Harden presents motion to protect rights of Ontario families to visit loved ones in care

OTTAWA – Ontarians have a right to visit and advocate for their family members in care, and the Ford government must ensure that right is protected, said MPP Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), who pr... More

Ford hurting Ontario’s most vulnerable during COVID-19 with ODSP download to cities

OTTAWA –  Doug Ford is going after Ontario’s most vulnerable people during this pandemic by downloading ODSP onto cities, said NDP critic for Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities, Joel Harde... More

Letter to Minister Elliott re: Vaccines for People with Disabilities

Read pdf version here.  February 10, 2021 Dear Minister Elliott, We are writing to you regarding the government’s vaccination plan and the prioritization of at-risk people with disabilities. In par... More

Ford’s secret triage protocols troubling: NDP

HAMILTON AND OTTAWA — As hospitals continue to fill beyond capacity, the Ford government has issued a triage protocol to decide who will get life saving ventilator support, and who will not. ND... More

Letter to Minister Elliott re: Aqua Therapy

I wrote to the Minister of Health with an urgent appeal on behalf of Melanie Coughlin, a constituent who needs pool access for medically essential aquatherapy to manage her condition. People wi... More

Auditor highlights suffering in retirement homes

Official Opposition renews call for toothless regulatory body to be replaced  QUEEN’S PARK — A growing number of people who need the care of a nursing home are languishing in a retirement home – no... More

Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

QUEEN’S PARK — Joel Harden, Ontario NDP critic for Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities, and Lisa Gretzky, Ontario NDP critic for Community and Social Services, released the following st... More

Ontario NDP housing and home care plans empower people with disabilities

QUEEN’S PARK — The Ontario NDP’s new housing and home care policies will combine in an unprecedented way to improve the lives of millions of Ontarians with disabilities and their loved ones. Ho... More

Joel Harden demands Premier Ford to apologize to people on ODSP

It's time for Premier Ford to apologize to people on ODSP, most of whom can't work full-time, for telling them to "get a job" and restore their $100 per month benefit that he took away. Watch ... More

NDP Seniors critic asks Ford government to investigate retirement homes barring relatives’ visits

QUEEN’S PARK — The NDP’s critic for Seniors, Joel Harden, has sent the following open letter to Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho, calling on the Minister to initiate an investigat... More