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Hon. Dipika Damerla, MPP

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
Associate Minister of Health and Long-term Care

Dipika Damerla was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2011 as the MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville. She was re-elected in 2014.


Damerla currently serves as Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, responsible for Long-Term Care and Wellness. Damerla was a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade before becoming an MPP. She has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Games, the Minister of Community and Social Services, and the Minister of Infrastructure.


Before getting involved in politics, Damerla was a reporter at OMNI TV, where she covered local issues in the GTA. Damerla began her career in the financial services sector and has worked at two of Canada’s largest banks.


She earned her MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and her chartered accountant designation in India.


Damerla’s extensive community involvement includes volunteering with Carassauga and founding the clothing drive Vastra Daan. She is a proud mother and longtime resident of Mississauga.