Jennifer was elected as the MLA for North Coast on May 14, 2013.
Re-elected in the 2017 election, Jennifer was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.
Previously she served as the Opposition Spokesperson for Rural and Northern Health and as Deputy Spokesperson for Children and Family Development. Jennifer sits on a number of committees, including: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, and Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
Jennifer works to build healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities. She is a dedicated advocate for a healthy marine environment; a voice for commercial and sport fishers, tourism operators and First Nations. Through her time with the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, Jennifer worked tirelessly to protect B.C.’s interests by opposing the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Jennifer remains committed to protecting our waters.
Jennifer was born and raised in Ottawa where she worked with seniors in long-term care facilities and in the watersports industry. She is a PADI open water SCUBA instructor and NCCP Level 1 kayaking instructor. She moved to B.C. in 2003 and currently resides in Prince Rupert.
“I am inspired by the strength and resilience of the people in our communities and drawn to solutions that protect our way of life and develop the North Coast sustainably. I believe in equal access to resources and work hard to project our collaborative voice at the provincial level.”
– Jennifer Rice, MLA North Coast