The Senate Page Program 2023-2024

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Job ID: J1022-0687
Directorate: Usher of the Black Rod
Classification: Page
Job Type: Page Program
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Maximum Salary: 17413/Year
Closing Date: January 15, 2023

About the Senate

The Senate plays a unique role in shaping our country’s democracy. As members of the upper house of Parliament, senators examine legislation, study public policy, champion causes and conduct interparliamentary diplomacy.

As a workplace, the Senate is composed of dynamic people representing our nation’s diverse talents, backgrounds and perspectives. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone is provided full and equal opportunity and access to employment, development and advancement. Build and advance your career by joining a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to excellence in support of senators and the institution.

How will you contribute?

Pages report to the Usher of the Black Rod and are responsible for ensuring the effective operation of the Senate and its committees in keeping with the tradition of impartiality and non-partisanship in the Senate Administration. Pages assist Canada’s 105 senators in their duties as they scrutinize legislation, suggest improvements and fix mistakes.

Open to

Open to all full-time students pursuing their first undergraduate degree.

We encourage individuals from underrepresented and minority groups to apply.


• Candidates must be enrolled as full-time students in their first undergraduate degree in the 2023-2024 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 (English level C and French level C);
• Demonstration of the Senate's institutional competencies in their cover letter.

Asset Qualifications

While not mandatory, these elements are considered assets and will be taken into consideration should candidates possess them:

• Experience in participating and/or coordinating various extracurricular / volunteer activities;
• Experience in providing administrative support;
• Awards & other recognitions.


Action management
Teamwork and cooperation

Organizational Needs

The Senate of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees are provided full and equal access to employment, development, and advancement opportunities.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates must consent to supply personal information and obtain a security accreditation in order to be eligible for appointment.

The requirement for Senate employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment has been suspended. It is no longer necessary to disclose your vaccination status to be eligible for employment. Please note that the Senate may reinstate the requirement to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

How to apply

Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

The masculine gender has been utilized to ensure brevity. It should be interpreted in a generic manner as pertaining to both men and women.

Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation for special needs are available upon request.

Candidates may be evaluated using one or more assessment tools, such as written test, practical test, situational exercise, role-play, and interview.

Successful reference checks are essential.


Please include a curriculum vitae that highlights the following:
All employment
Extracurricular activities
Volunteer activities
Awards and other recognitions

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, partners and 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, partners, and 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.

Failure to provide appropriate information may result in your elimination from this process.