Marc Laferriere is a tireless advocate and volunteer for Brantford-Brant with valuable experience in social work, education and small business.
As a constant presence in the community Marc is known for attending community events, supporting local not-for-profit boards, and founding new and positive projects all across the riding.
Marc previously ran as the New Democratic candidate for Brant in the 2011 federal election. He finished second with nearly 30% of the popular vote, and has continued to work hard in the community on a variety of issues.
Marc has been vocal and passionate in fighting for and helping to improve Brantford-Brant since his teen years when he successfully advocated for changes to the local transportation system.
His priorities include policies that bring or retain stable and well paying jobs in Brantford-Brant and he has been a strong voice against the proliferation of low wage and temporary work agencies in the community. He also is a strong advocate for policies that help small businesses develop, stay ahead of the curve and grow.
Marc believes in affordable childcare & housing; accessible public health care and pharmacare; Old Age Security you can count on; enhancing the ability of small businesses to hire; and making life more affordable. He knows that under Stephen Harper, people are tired of the continual scandals and expensive mismanagement of government projects.
He is a Professor of Justice Studies at Mohawk College and is proud of his local work experience over the years with organizations such as Laurier Brantford, the Grand River Community Health Centre and Woodview Children’s Mental Health.
Marc is also a member of the Brant-Brantford Chamber of Commerce and is the co-owner of The Brant Advocate – a multi-media brand that saw success in newsprint, digital distribution and television. He has a B.A from the University of Ottawa, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Social Work and a Master’s of Social Work from Lakehead University.
Born in Brantford and proudly raised in Eagle Place Marc and his wife Rebekah continue to live and serve in Brantford-Brant.
Marc has a track record of commitment in the local community, which includes:
• Recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal for his non-political community work
• Co-Founder of numerous community projects including the Brantford Community Garden Project, The Brant/Brantford Roundtable on Poverty and The Brantford Youth Leadership Conference
• Inaugural Vice-Chair and Co-Founder of the Brant United Way’s GenNext Committee
• Highest Ranking Federal Politician every year in the Brant News Reader’s Choice Awards in the category of “Best Local Politician” despite having yet to hold office
• Named the “Everyday Political Citizen” for Brantford-Brant by Samara Canada
• Award-winning co-host of Advocate Television, also a regular panelist on Political Roundtable and other television programs.
• Former member of several boards including Arts After School Kids, The Brant Elder Abuse Committee, The Grand River Council on Aging, Paris/Brant Kiwanis Club, Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce Young Business Networking Committee and many others.
• Was a member of the steering committee of the City of Brantford and County of Brant’s Housing Stability Plan.
• Former National Director of Canada Without Poverty
• Current Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Brantford – Sunrise.
• Named an Education Champion by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie
• Marc is a graduate of Assumption College School in Brantford. He’s also earned a B.A from the University of Ottawa, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Social Work and a Master’s of Social Work from Lakehead University.