Meet Bob

Bob Chapman is Oshawa's Ontario PC candidate. He strongly believes it’s time for a change in Ontario. Bob wants to see Oshawa families who work hard to pay less and get ahead.

Bob is a life-long resident of Oshawa and served for over 30 years with the Durham Regional Police, retiring as a Superintendent in 2010. Remaining passionate about serving his community, he was elected as a Regional and City Councillor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. A lifelong volunteer, he has worked with or supported numerous Oshawa and area organizations for the past four decades.

Bob Chapman for OshawaBob remained passionate about serving his community and was elected as a Regional and City Councillor in October 2010 and re-elected in October 2014.

At the municipal level, Bob has served as the City of Oshawa’s Deputy Mayor, Chair of its Community Services Committee, a member of its Development Services Committee, and a Director of the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery.

At the regional level, he Chairs Durham Region’s Finance and Administration Committee and its Affordable and Seniors’ Housing Task Force. Bob is the Vice-Chair of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and Secretary-Treasurer of the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation.

In addition to his policing career, Bob served Canada for over 37 years as a member of the Canadian Army (both Regular and Reserve components). He quickly rose through the ranks to become a Chief Warrant Officer and Regimental Sergeant Major of The Ontario Regiment (RCAC), one of Canada's oldest and most storied Armoured regiments based in Oshawa. Bob was commission from the ranks as a Captain in 1988, commanded every squadron of the Regiment and served at the headquarters of the former Toronto (Militia) District, now 32 Canadian Brigade Group. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1994 and appointed Commanding Officer of the Ontarios. During his command, the Regiment earned the Worthington trophy as was recognized as Canada's top-performing Reserve Armoured unit.

Upon promotion to Colonel in 1999, Bob commanded 33 Canadian Brigade Group which is comprised of 15 Reserve Army units and approximately 2,300 soldiers garrisoned in the communities of Eastern Ontario from Oshawa to Cornwall, Central Northern Ontario, and the National Capital Region. He is a Member of the Order of Military Merit, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, and the Order of St. John. He was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation in 1993 and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003.

In 2016, he was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) by Canada's Minister of National Defence.

Bob is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program, the Queen’s University School of Business Public Executive Program, Durham College’s Business Management Skills Program, and is certified by the Ontario Municipal Management Institute as a Municipal Manager Level III Police Executive.

In May 2017 Oshawa's Ontario PC membership overwhelmingly elected Bob as their party's standard bearer in a contested nomination.

To get in touch with Bob about any provincial issue, send him a personal note anytime.


Campaign office

375 King St W (one block east of the Oshawa Centre)  Map it!

Oshawa, ON  L1J 2K3

T 905.442.8952



Mailing address

c/o Oshawa Ontario PC Constituency Association

PO Box 31011

1300 King St E

Oshawa, ON  L1H 8N9