Each year, 40 students are selected from high schools and CEGEPs across Canada to come to Ottawa to work as Pages in the House of Commons. Pages have the opportunity to learn about the House of Commons while witnessing the legislative process first hand.
Those hired as Pages work on a part-time basis during their first year of study at one of the universities in the National Capital Region.
In the House of Commons, Pages serve the Speaker, Chair Occupants, Members of Parliament and Table Officers in various capacities. For example, Pages collect and distribute official documents, deliver important messages to Members, link Members to their Hill offices, answer telephones, make photocopies and deliver glasses of water. On occasion, Pages also meet youth groups to speak about their experiences on Parliament Hill. Professional, impartial and efficient service has become a hallmark of the Page Program.
Those selected as Pages sign a contract with the House of Commons for a one-year term beginning in late August. The contract precludes them from accepting certain other types of employment and from participating in certain other programs. Pages are required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week, and university course schedules are arranged in consultation with the Page Program to ensure that a Page’s academic timetable and House work schedule are compatible.
In late August, new Pages begin their stay in Ottawa with an intensive orientation program that introduces them to their new work environment, duties and other information required to provide Members of Parliament with the high level of service required in the Chamber.
Subject to the fulfilment of the requirements of the contract, Pages are paid $15,455 in 26 equal payments over a 12-month period. In addition, a sum of $1,200 is paid at the end of the employment period.
For more detailed information on the program and to apply, visit the House of Commons Page Program website.
The deadline for applications to the Page Program is December 5th, 2016.