Member of Parliament
Ted Opitz was born in the Parkdale area of Toronto in 1961 and is the youngest of four children. Ted’s parents were originally from Poland and immigrated to Canada shortly after WW2. During the war, Ted’s mother suffered in Nazi Germany as a forced labourer and his father served in the Polish 2nd Corps after being released by the Soviets as a prisoner of war in a gulag. Like all immigrant families, Ted’s parents came to Canada to start a better life.
In 1978, Ted enrolled as a private in the Canadian Army Reserves and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel during 33 years of service. In 1998 and early 1999, his career brought him overseas to Bosnia as a member of NATO’s Stabilization Force (SFOR), where he served to bring peace, stability and security to the region. During his rich military career, Ted undertook various roles ranging from working as a member of NATO’s Stabilization Force (SFOR), as an Assistant to the Chief of Staff at Canadian Forces College, and as a military planner for Pope John Paul II during his World Youth Day visit to Canada in 2002. Prior to running and being elected to Parliament, Ted was the Commanding Officer of The Lincoln and Welland Regiment. Ted is grateful to the Canadian military for teaching him the values of leadership, responsibility, humility, duty and service to Canada.
During his military service, Ted also had parallel careers in the telecom industry as well as completing a BA in English at York University. Ted also worked as the Senior Regional Advisor to the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. In that role, he represented the Government of Canada and the Minister in the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
Ted has lived in Etobicoke Centre with his wife Cynthia since 1994. During this time, Ted has been recognized for his volunteer work with the Polish and Ukrainian communities and youth in the region. Ted has dedicated many hours to make Etobicoke Centre a safer, healthier and prosperous place to live and work in.
As Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre since 2011, Ted has demonstrated his commitment to being a strong and effective representative in Ottawa. A firm believer in accessibility, Ted has and will continue to meet and work with as many people in the community as possible. Since his election, Ted has dedicated his time to working with his Government colleagues to create jobs and opportunities for all Etobicoke Centre residents and on special initiatives like promoting democracy in Ukraine and working with local youth at risk.