John Fraser is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa South. He was born and raised in Elmvale Acres and Alta Vista, and has been an active volunteer for a number of local organizations and initiatives. John has been the MPP for Ottawa South for the past 5 years, he first ran as a candidate in the 2013 by-election and was re-elected in the 2014 general election.
John has been involved in health care in the region for more than 16 years, proudly serving in many roles such as a palliative care volunteer at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital as well as spearheading a campaign to save the Cardiac Care unit at CHEO. This past spring John was part of an announcement to deliver $105 million investment in CHEO to improve mental health and special needs services for children. As the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, John led the development of a comprehensive strategy for palliative and end-of-life care in Ontario, including a $75 million investment.
John is a strong advocate for the families of Ottawa South. As MPP he's championed an initiative that would ensure all children have their vision tested before entering Senior Kindergarten as well as introducing legislation aimed at protecting vulnerable workers and increasing transparency in government. John sponsored several Private Member Bills including Bill 53, The Protecting Passenger Safety Act 2014 which would stiffen penalties for individuals who transport passengers for compensation without a licence, permit, or authorization. John has worked along non-partisan lines to deliver for the families of Ottawa South, including being part of the team that brought forward Rowan’s Law, concussion legislation that will protect our young athletes; as well as a bill that established “Remembrance Week” in Ontario.
John understands the challenges that businesses face, having spent 18 years managing small and medium sized local businesses before entering public service. For the past 19 years, John has served the residents of Ottawa South, bringing community-based solutions to important issues for the people that live and work here.
John and his wife Linda live in Ottawa South. They have three grown children, Kïrsten, John Jr. and James along with three grandchildren, Vaughan, Sloane and Fraser.