The Senate Page Program
BECOME A PAGE
To become a page you must be:
- A full-time student pursuing your first undergraduate degree
- Prepared to live in the National Capital Region for the duration of your contract.
- Working for the first time as a page on Parliament Hill.
- Bilingual in both of Canada’s official languages.
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Interested in learning about Canada’s parliamentary system
Additional assets include:
- Experience in participating in and/or coordinating various extracurricular or volunteer activities;
- Experience in providing administrative support;
- Awards and other recognitions.
Many factors are considered when assessing candidacy, including the cover letter and the applicant's performance during the examination, interview and reference checks. Involvement in extracurricular or volunteer activities and major achievements are also taken into account, along with provincial representation, linguistic duality, diversity, male to female ratio, cover letter and written test results.
Each year, an average of eight new pages are hired from a pool of qualified candidates to complete the 15-member team, which includes the Chief Page and the Deputy Chief Page, who are responsible for coordinating the program.
The Senate of Canada is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of Canadian society, and to ensuring the equitable representation of women, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with a disability, and members of a visible minority group. We encourage members of these designated groups to self-identify.
Alternative evaluation methods and reasonable accommodation of special needs are available upon request.
How to apply
- Create your profile at jobs.sencanada.ca.
- Select the Senate Page Program job opportunity.
- Submit your application, cover letter and resumé before 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 17, 2021:
A single-spaced document with 12 point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins, your cover letter must answer the following questions:
- How would you make a positive contribution to the Senate Page Program?
- The Senate’s institutional competencies are integrity, respect and service. How have you demonstrated the following institutional competencies in your recent past?
Integrity: Ability to perform work ethically, honestly and impartially, in compliance with relevant laws, rules and procedures, and in the best tradition of the Senate, in order to maintain public trust. Integrity applies to both individuals and activities of the Senate Administration (e.g. decision-making, communications).
Respect: The demonstration of consideration in all circumstances when dealing with parliamentarians, or staff, or partners or the general public, treating everyone with dignity, fairness and courtesy. Respect requires faithful compliance with relevant laws and with Senate rules, practices, and traditions.
Service: The provision of non-partisan assistance or service with competence, efficiency, and objectivity in response to the needs of parliamentarians, or staff, or partners, or the general public.
It is important for Senate pages to demonstrate these competencies, and to render their services in a non-partisan, neutral, and impartial manner.
This document should include your education, extracurricular and volunteer activities, your interests, and recent employment history.