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Bhutila Karpoche

MPP, Parkdale–High Park

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Bhutila Karpoche is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale—High Park. In June 2018, Bhutila made history by becoming the first person of Tibetan heritage to be elected to public office in North America.

Bhutila is active on issues around social justice and public health. She is a longtime advocate of affordable housing, workers’ rights, and public healthcare.

An epidemiologist by training, Bhutila is a public health researcher focusing on the social determinants of health. Most recently, she co-authored the report “A public health crisis in the making: The health impacts of precarious work on racialized refugee and immigrant women."

Bhutila holds degrees from University of British Columbia and University of Toronto and is a PhD candidate in public health policy at Ryerson University, where she received the RBC Immigrant, Diversity, and Inclusion Project Award.

Bhutila has presented at many academic conferences and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Bhutila with her family

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February 12, 2019

NDP stands with advocate for Ministry of Mental Health call

TORONTO — MPP Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park), the NDP’s critic for Mental Health and Addictions, said the Ontario NDP stands with Noah Irvine and other mental health advocates, who are calli... More
January 25, 2019

Overdose prevention site permits set to expire while Ford stays silent

TORONTO — Doug Ford has yet to confirm which of the province’s overdose prevention sites (OPS) will be permitted to stay open, with all currently operating OPS sites’ licenses set to expire on Jan.... More
January 22, 2019

CAMH survey re-affirms Ontario’s need for mental health services overhaul

QUEEN'S PARK — New findings from a CAMH survey showing a rise in mental health challenges among Ontario adults re-affirms the province’s dire need for a mental health services overhaul, says NDP cr... More