Majid Jowhari was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019. As a proud resident of Richmond Hill for over 20 years, Majid has been a passionate advocate for its residents and bringing years of expertise to cultivate a strong and vibrant community in Richmond Hill. Majid takes exceptional pride in being the voice in Ottawa representing Richmond Hill and Markham by promoting fiscal responsibility, accountability, and social progressiveness.
Currently, he holds roles in Industry, Science and Technology, and Government Operations and Estimates Committee. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association and holds membership in the Canada NATO Parliamentary Association. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was also a member of the special COVID-19 committee.
During the 43rd Parliament, he tabled the Private Member’s Motion, Motion-36, which calls to designate August 1st as Emancipation Day in Canada to honor the important contributions of the Canadians of African and Caribbean descent. This recognizes the abolition of slavery that occurred within the British empire on August 1st, 1834, acknowledging the history of slavery in Canada and other commonwealth countries. It further recognizes the significance this date holds as a historic celebration of freedom among abolitionists and emancipated settlers in Canada.
Majid notably founded the all-party Mental Health Caucus in 2017, advocating for mental health initiatives on Parliament Hill. As the chair of the caucus, he works with Parliamentarians from all parties to bring mental health to the forefront of the discussion. This all-party caucus continues to drive its priorities in the current parliamentary mandate.
The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) named Majid Jowhari as a Parliamentary Mental Health Champion of 2018. He was given this award for his first Private Member’s Bill C-375: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code, on October 19th, 2017. This Bill introduced legislation to amend the Criminal Code to mandate that pre-sentence reports include relevant information relating to the offender’s mental health, which currently includes information such as character, attitude, behavior, and willingness to change, also include relevant information relating to the offender’s mental health. Majid continues to work with the CAMIMH to advocate for mental health initiatives and practices on the Hill and his constituents.
Prior to entering politics, Majid specialized in large business transition and transformation enabled by technology. He advised fortune 500 companies on strategy and extending value chain business process re-engineering supply chain optimization. . This experience has helped bridge to his role as the federal representative, where he helps businesses and organizations in the community flourish and further facilitating community and business forums.
Majid came to Canada in 1979 as an international student from Iran. He has made Canada his home over the past 41 years by establishing roots with his wife Homeira and his two children, Nickta and Meilaud. He is passionate about his family and cares about the environment he will leave behind.