Rosario Marchese

MPP for Trinity—Spadina


Contact information

Queen's Park
Room 116, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5
Tel: (416) 325-9092
Fax: (416) 325-4976

Constituency Office

808 Dundas St. West,
Toronto ON, M6J 1V3
Tel: (416) 603-9664
Fax: (416) 603-1241


Caucus Chair

Critic Portfolio:
Government Services
Urban Transit

Rosario Marchese was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1990. One of the Legislature’s most spirited debaters, he is currently the NDP’s critic for Government Services and Urban Transit.

Raised in the heart of the riding he represents, Rosario went to Harbord Collegiate and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in English, French and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor of Education, he went on to teach for several years until his election as a school trustee in 1982.

For the next eight years, he served as a trustee with the Toronto School Board, the Toronto Public Library Board and also as the Chair of the Multilingual Literacy Centre.

Widely recognized for his work in field of elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, Rosario is a tireless defender of students, education workers, teachers, trade associations and parents.

As Ontario’s “Education Advocate”, Rosario has consistently demanded that quality education and training remain affordable to all Ontarians. In co-operation with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Rosario helped college part-time instructors win the right to unionize.

Throughout his career, Rosario has recognized that artists enrich the social and economic fabric of Ontario. As the Minister of Culture and Communications in 1990-91, he substantially increase funding to artists and cultural organizations through the Ontario Arts Council and supported the development of provincial “Status of the Artist” legislation. He was also instrumental in starting a discussion on heritage preservation that eventually led to the creation of a provincial Heritage Act.

When it became apparent that Ontario’s “Amber Alert” system for missing children needed improvement, Rosario made this legislation a priority. He is currently tackling the growing problem of childhood obesity by introducing legislation to ban junk food advertising directed at children under the age of 13.

In 2009, Rosario helped local residents organize Ontario’s first Condo Owners Association and has been a vocal defender of condo owners’ rights throughout the province. He has introduced three different bills in the last four years to amend the Condo Act for the first time in more than a decade.

Rosario continues to be a passionate advocate for Ontarians while reflecting the progressive views of the people of his riding in the Ontario Legislature.