Government of Ontario

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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April 18, 2019

Girls Government students urge province to fight period poverty

QUEEN’S PARK — Grade 8 students from Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School held a press conference Wednesday to call on the Ontario government to provide free menstrual products in public washro... More
April 16, 2019

Ford’s budget dangerously ignores mental health and addictions

TORONTO — Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, said Doug Ford’s first budget ignores the desperate need to improve supports for those struggling with mental health... More
April 12, 2019

NDP MPP calls on Ford Conservatives to restore mental health and addictions funding

QUEEN’S PARK — Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, released the following statement in the lead-up to the provincial budget Thursday: More