A former Toronto City Councillor, Adam Vaughan was first elected to the House of Commons in a 2014 by-election in Trinity–Spadina. In opposition he served as the Liberal critic for urban affairs and housing. In 2015 he won his seat in the newly-formed Spadina-Fort York riding, and now serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, with a focus on housing and urban affairs.
Affordable housing was a major issue of interest to Vaughan in his time on Toronto’s city council. During his time on council he led campaigns to rebuild and revitalize existing public housing and initiated policy to create new family housing, supportive housing and coop housing programs. He also worked with Toronto residents in a push to revitalize the Alexandra Park community with new affordable housing, commercial space and more parkland.
He is also a major proponent of the arts. As a city councillor he sat on the Toronto Arts Council, Artscape Board, the Board of Trustees for the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Harbourfront Centre Board, the Heritage Board, and the city’s Preservation Board. He pushed for the expansion of OCAD University campus and led a campaign to save Theatre Passe Muraille.
Before becoming a city councillor, Vaughan was a TV and radio journalist. His father, Colin Vaughan, was a political reporter for CityTV, a job his son took over in 2000. He was educated in journalism at Ryerson University. As a journalist he also worked for Metro Morning, the Toronto Star and Toronto Life magazine.
He is married with one son, and has a daughter from a previous relationship with CBC journalist Suhana Meharchand.