The Senate Page Program
The cover letter, a written examination and an interview determine the candidates' competencies for the position of page (see "Essential Qualifications" below). More details are provided when the candidates are convened for the selection process.
Many factors are taken into consideration when making the final selection in establishing a pool of qualified candidates which is used to appoint candidates to the position of Senate page. These factors include the candidate's performance during the interview/reference checks (including involvement in extracurricular and/or volunteering activities and achievements); provincial representation; linguistic duality; diversity; male/female ratio; cover letter and written test results.
Each year, we hire an average of eight new pages 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.
- Candidates must be enrolled as full-time students in their first undergraduate degree in the 2017-2018 academic year and willing to live in the National Capital Region for the duration of their contract while pursuing their studies.
- Candidates must not have former work experience as a Page on Parliament Hill.
- Oral communications at an advanced level in both of Canada’s official languages.
- Demonstration of the Senate's institutional competencies in their cover letter.
- Experience in participating and/or coordinating various extracurricular / volunteer activities;
- Experience in providing administrative support;
- Awards & other recognitions.
How to Apply
In order to be considered for the position of page, candidates must ensure that the following information is provided by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 8, 2017:
- Please include a cover letter (single spaced, with 12 point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins) answering the following questions:
A. How would you make a positive contribution to the Senate Page Program?
B. 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.
- Please submit a curriculum vitae that includes your education, extracurricular and volunteer activities and your interests and employment.
- Create your online profile and submit your application here.
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