Jeff Burch

Jeff Burch is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election.[1] He represents the electoral district of Niagara Centre as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party.

Jeff Burch

Critic, Municipal Affairs
Assumed office
September 6, 2018
LeaderAndrea Horwath
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Niagara Centre
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byCindy Forster
Personal details
Political partyNew Democratic
ResidenceSt. Catharines, Ontario
OccupationNon profit executive director

Prior to his election to the legislature Burch was the executive director of Niagara Folk Arts, a non–profit social services agency, and served as city councillor for Merritton Ward in St. Catharines.

Electoral record

2018 Ontario general election: Niagara Centre
Party Candidate Votes%±%
New DemocraticJeff Burch21,61844.23−2.49
Progressive ConservativeApril Jeffs18,33337.51+9.09
LiberalBenoit Mercier5,77911.82−7.93
GreenJoe Dias1,8033.69−0.42
None of the AboveJoe Crawford6231.27
LibertarianPatrick Pietruszko3680.75−0.24
IndependentSteve Soos2170.44
The PeopleDario Smagata-Bryan1330.27
Total valid votes 48,874 100.0  
Source: Elections Ontario[2]


Jeff Burch is a graduate from Brock University, with an honours BA in philosophy. Burch then spent three years as a graduate student and teaching assistant at Brock, teaching seminars in social issues and women's studies. He left his studies in 1996 after being elected president of a United Steelworkers local union.[3]


Burch ran as the Ontario New Democratic Party's candidate in St. Catharines in 1995, losing to Liberal Jim Bradley.[4] He was elected as a city councillor in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 2006. He served from 2006 to 2014, including four years as budget chair.[5]

In February 2019, Burch won the NDP nomination in Niagara Centre.[6] The riding has been an NDP stronghold for 44 years with Mel Swart, Peter Kormos and Cindy Forster holding the seat. On June 8, 2019, Burch won the seat.[7] Burch currently serves as the Official Opposition critic for Municipal Affairs.[8]

Three months after his election in 2018, he scored a major victory by winning unanimous support for his motion to bring two-way all-day GO Transit rail service to Niagara.[9]


  1. "Blue wave stops in Niagara ". Niagara This Week, June 7, 2018.
  2. "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 6. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Jeff Burch". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  4. "Template:Ontario provincial election, 1995/St. Catharines", Wikipedia, 2015-09-05, retrieved 2019-08-17
  5. Johnson, Nathaniel (2018-06-05). "Provincial election: Niagara Centre riding profile". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  6. Média, Bell. "Jeff Burch wins NDP nomination in Niagara Centre". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  7. Johnson, Nathaniel (2018-06-07). "Burch maintains NDP dynasty". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  8. "Jeff Burch | Legislative Assembly of Ontario". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  9. Benner, Allan (2018-09-28). "Province commits to 2023 for GO train". Retrieved 2019-08-17.

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