Does your local real estate agent also have political ambitions? STOREYS worked with the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) to see which GTA agents are making a move in today's provincial election.

Lisa Patel

Provincial electionLisa Patel

“Here in my riding, the top issue individuals and families are facing as it relates to housing is affordability. Down payments are out of reach for far too many young people, rents are skyrocketing, and housing demand far outweighs supply. And over the last four years, inaction from the Ford Conservatives has only made things worse.

Our Liberal plan will help bring down costs by making unprecedented investments to increase the supply of housing. Specifically, we’ll get 1.5M new homes built in Ontario over the next 10 years -- doubling the pace of building from the past decade.

But it’s not just about building more homes, it’s also how these homes get built and used. We’ll go after the rules and red tape that are driving home costs and prices up -- and we’ll make it faster and more affordable to get new homes built where people want to live, such as unlocking more provincial land by burying electric transmissions lines and redeveloping under-utilized strip malls and offices. We’ll also introduce new taxes on vacant homes in urban areas like Scarborough Southwest, and developers sitting on land. 

The Ford Conservatives ended rent control to help their well-connected friends, making renters’ lives unpredictable and less affordable each year. To put money back in people's pockets and to make rent affordable, we're going to reinstate rent control everywhere in Ontario -- putting an end to the two-tiered rental market.

By putting people first, we're going to make Ontario affordable -- for everyone.”

Amarjot Sandhu

Currently the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, Incumbent Brampton West MPP Sandhu counts membership of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts as well as Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs among his resume. Hailing originally from India and a graduate of George Brown College, he is the first international student to be elected as a representative to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and currently lives in Brampton with his family.

Stan Cho

The incumbent for the Willowdale riding, Cho is the current Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA). In addition to being a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs between 2020 - 2021, he also held the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance between 2019 - 2021, among others. Originally born in Etobicoke, he has been a resident of the Willowdale riding since he was eight years old. He has over 15 years of experience as a real estate agent under his belt, and became broker and general manager for his Royal LePage franchise in 2012.

Safdar Hussain

An active volunteer in Brampton’s political community, Hussain is a graduate of Law from the University of Toronto, and also runs a client-focused real estate business. He has led a number of grassroots initiatives including food and clothing drives, and raising financial support for the William Osler Health System. He is also a member of the Funeral Aid Society of Peel, which helps cover financial expenses for family members who cannot afford to bury their loved ones.

Alex Down

Born and raised in Oshawa, Down is a Director with the Durham Region Association of REALTORS, advocating for homeownership rights at all levels of government, with a focus on the housing affordability crisis. Over the past three years, she has lobbied for the removal of toll fees on Highways 412/218, as well as being an active participant and advocate for Durham housing, sports, and culture.

Emily Li

Originally from China, Emily has called Markham home since 2003, and has a strong sense of desire and keen interest in building her community. She currently serves on the Discipline and Appeal Committee Board for the Home Construction Regulatory Authority, and holds the position of secretary of the UMS parents association. In 2021, she established the Ontario Federation of Chinese Women, and works closely with international students throughout the immigration process, along with helping them adapt to life in Canada.

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