Leading on innovation, childcare and economic growth for Ontario
Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife is serving her second term and holds a number of critic roles at Queen’s Park.
Catherine is the NDP Critic for Economic Development & Growth, Research & Innovation, and Early Years and Childcare.
Waterloo Region is home to a thriving tech cluster and as Economic Development and Innovation critic, Catherine is working to find ways to develop the kinds of good jobs in tech and advanced manufacturing that Ontarians can build their families around. With her New Democrat colleagues, Catherine is working to build a stronger Ontario where everyone can have a great future.
Before her historic win in a by-election in 2012, Catherine served as Trustee and Chair of the Waterloo Region District School Board, Vice President of the Canadian School Boards' Association, and President of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association.
Catherine's leadership made a real impact on the lives of children and parents across Waterloo Region. Through her leadership, an additional 1,600 new childcare spaces were created in the Region. Catherine is excited to be working as the Ontario NDP’s Critic for Childcare to continue her efforts.
For over a decade, Catherine has been involved with the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare and, locally, the Childcare Action Network of Waterloo Region. She has been a critic of unaccountable decisions made by the Ontario Municipal Board, which stems from her history of environmental action and source water protection activism as a volunteer with Friends of the Waterloo Moraine.
This past year, Catherine worked across party lines to pass Rowan's Law, bringing concussion awareness into Ontario's schools. In 2015, Catherine's motion calling for Ontario to create Missing Persons Legislation passed unanimously in the Legislature.
Catherine and her husband Dale enjoy life in Waterloo, where they live with their two children, Aidan and Claire, and dog Ollie.
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