Work at the Senate
Types of jobs
From graphic designer to policy advisor, we capitalize on the expertise of our employees. We are committed to retaining the best talent to support our senators and various departments across a wide range of positions.
Administration and senators’ staff – the people who work in the Senate – come together to form a single institution. And each person, in each role, has one overarching aim: to provide exemplary support to senators in the execution of their parliamentary duties.
We want to recruit those with the skills and expertise that will help us continue to provide exemplary support to senators. Our work can be challenging; and it can also offer you a rewarding and exciting career. We are looking for talented people who bring not only enthusiasm and dedication to their work, but also a keen appreciation for parliamentary service.†
Staff members working in a senator’s office play a critical role. They serve senators directly as administrative and executive professionals or in various advisory positions. Their role is wide-ranging, helping senators tackle the hard issues of the day in a number of ways. Staff members may be asked to undertake studies, write speeches or help develop legislation on behalf of the senator. Attending committee meetings, monitoring budgets and handling media inquiries may also be part of the staff member’s regular duties. Staff members often have a passion for politics, and they like to keep abreast of political sensitivities and current events in order to provide sound and accurate advice.
Senators’ staff members are compensated based on approved pay scales linked to job descriptions and employment contracts prepared by the Senate. The Senate hires staff from across a wide range of backgrounds and skill levels to serve in senators’ offices.
Senators examine legislation, conduct policy studies, champion causes and conduct interparliamentary diplomacy. Behind the scenes of the Chamber, the committee room and the press gallery is the professional body known as the Senate Administration.
Without committee clerks or stenographers, there would be no committee meetings. Without computer and audio-visual technology experts, there would be no internet, no telephones or no broadcast of the Senate proceedings. Senators rely on employees in security, printing, cleaning, transportation, shipping, finance, human resources, communications, publishing, maintenance and many other areas so they can concentrate on their job as parliamentarians.
Made up of roughly 450 employees, the Administration is an independent organization that serves senators on a non-partisan but politically sensitive basis. They do this by offering expertise and logistical planning for legislative matters – procedure, law, committee work and interparliamentary relations – and meeting senators’ administrative and materiel needs. This support is critical to the vitality of the Senate as an institution, where senators act on behalf of Canadians.
The Senate Administration is strictly non-partisan. It is divided into three sectors:
Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel and Chief Parliamentary Precinct Services Officer (Michel Patrice)
Provides specialized legal and legislative services to senators, such as advice on and assistance in the drafting of bills and other matters that fall within the legislative authority of Parliament. Provides corporate security services to the Senate and senators, as well as building operations and material management and production services, including room allocation and tenants services, mail delivery, cleaning and maintenance, installations and transportation services, committee support, printing and materiel management. Represents the Senate on all projects related to the Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) for the Parliamentary Precinct.
|Clerk of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and Chief Corporate Services Officer (Nicole Proulx)||
Provides corporate planning, financial management, human resources, information management and technology, and other administrative functions that support the ongoing operations of senators’ offices and the Administration. It also provides communications services to help increase the flow of information between the Senate and the public. The sector also oversees the Internal Economy Secretariat, which provides administrative and procedural support to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.
|Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments and Chief Legislative Services Officer (Charles Robert)||
Supports the Senate Chamber and its committees through procedural and administrative services; transcribes and publishes Senate proceedings; assists senators in their exercise of parliamentary diplomacy in Canada and abroad; provides advice on all matters of protocol; organizes ceremonies in the Senate Chamber and oversees the Senate Page Programme.
Senate Page Program
Our Page Program provides fifteen exceptional university students from across Canada with the opportunity to learn about Parliament first-hand. They serve part-time to assist senators with legislative work in the Senate chamber and in committee meetings. They may also gain experience working in the Senate Administration while the Senate is adjourned.
For more information, please visit the Senate page Program website.
† The Senate of Canada is a separate and distinct employer from the federal public service and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.
Thanks to the Senate, I have met world-class figures, allowing me to improve my skills.
International and Interparliamentary Affairs