Doly Begum is the Ontario NDP Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough Southwest. She serves as a Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic of Citizenship, Foreign Credentials. She is also a member of the standing committees on Finance and Economic Affairs and Government Agencies at Queen’s Park. In her first term, Begum served as the critic of Early Learning and Childcare, member of the standing committee on Social Policy as well as the Deputy Whip of the Official Opposition.
In the community Begum served as the Co-Chair of the Scarborough Health Coalition and Vice-Chair of Warden Woods Community Centre prior to getting elected. She was also the chief coordinator of the Ontario wide political campaign that fought for affordable public electricity for the Province.
Begum moved to Canada as a child with her parents and younger brother and has lived in Scarborough most of her life. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has a Master in Development, Administration & Planning from University College, London. She was elected to the Ontario Legislature in June 2018 and is the first Canadian of Bangladeshi origin to hold an elected office at any level in Canada.