Meet the Ombudsman
Reema Patel, Deputy Ombudsman (Housing)
Reema Patel is Toronto’s first Deputy Ombudsman (Housing). A lifelong Toronto resident, she brings a wealth of experience and perspective to the role.
Reema has spent more than 10 years in provincial and municipal government, working in administrative law and social housing policy. She is also no stranger to the Ombuds world, having previously served as an investigator with Ombudsman Toronto for five years. She holds a BA from McGill University and a JD from the University of Windsor.
Reema is also a believer in the power of storytelling. In 2022, Reema published her debut novel, Such Big Dreams. It is a story about gentrification, forced evictions, and the search for belonging, which was informed by her work in the youth non-profit sector and human rights advocacy in Mumbai.