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Youth Opportunities - Employment - House of Commons

Student Employment Program

The objective of the House of Commons Administration’s Student Employment Program is to provide meaningful and rewarding employment opportunities to young, aspiring professionals who are in high school, CEGEP, college, or university.

Students who are actively seeking employment are invited to apply to the Student Employment Program at any time*. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 16;
  • Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or a valid study permit (for international students);
  • Current enrollment as a full-time student at a recognized secondary or post-secondary institution. A specific level of education and/or year of study may be required for certain positions; and
  • Enrollment as a full-time or part-time student in the next academic term. Preference may be given to students enrolled in full-time studies at the time of hiring.

*Most students typically work on a full-time basis (35 hours per week) during the summer employment period (May to August) and may be rehired to work part-time, in accordance with operational needs, during the fall (September to December) and/or winter (January to April) employment periods. Students are required to provide proof of enrollment during the hiring process. Fluency in both official languages (English and French) is considered an asset.

Students enrolled in a post-secondary cooperative (CO-OP) education program are also invited to apply to the Student Employment Program at any time**. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 16;
  • Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or a valid study permit (for international students);
  • Current enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited post-secondary institution; and
  • Enrollment as a full-time student in the academic term following a work placement.

**CO-OP students work in their field of study on a full-time basis (35 hours per week). Work placements are for approximately 16 weeks and take place during the winter (January to April), summer (May to August) and fall (September to December) employment periods. Fluency in both official languages (English and French) may be required for certain positions.

Top reasons to join the House of Commons Administration:

  • Work at the heart of democracy where history is made, and gain valuable experience in a welcoming, bilingual and inclusive environment.
  • Earn an attractive hourly salary to help fund your education.
  • Apply knowledge learned in the classroom in a professional setting.
  • Develop new skills and competencies and expand your knowledge to improve your post graduation employability.
  • Benefit from good work-life balance with a flexible work schedule.
  • Gain access to resources that promote well-being.
  • Benefit from learning and professional development opportunities and discover career opportunities that may be available to you as a new graduate.
  • Enjoy special events and activities tailored to students that bring fresh perspectives through networking and collaborating with fellow students and colleagues.
  • Have the satisfaction of working in a place where everyone is welcome!
    • The House of Commons Administration strives to be a leader in inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We continuously develop our practices to ensure the full and fair participation of everyone. We leverage diversity in all its forms and recognize that everyone has a valuable contribution to make and the potential for individual growth. If you require accommodation during the application or assessment process, please contact for additional support.

Students will work in a wide range of fields within the House of Commons Administration such as:

  • Administrative support, client service
  • Accounting, commerce, procurement and contracting, policy
  • Communications, linguistics, graphic/web design
  • Architecture, interior design, project management
  • Engineering, computer science, data science, cybersecurity
  • Information management
  • Broadcasting / audiovisual support
  • Corporate security
  • Law articling
  • Compensation, talent management
  • Occupational health and safety, labour relations
  • Trades, culinary arts

House of Commons Page Program

Each year, 40 students are selected from CEGEPs and high schools across Canada to come to Ottawa and 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.

Learn more about this exciting program.

Parliamentary Internship Programme

The Parliamentary Internship Programme offers one of the most comprehensive postgraduate work-study experiences in Canada. It provides young non-partisan Canadians an unrivalled 10-month opportunity to work closely with Members of Parliament on both sides of the House. Interns meet and discuss public affairs with some of the country’s leading thinkers and policymakers. They are also given the opportunity to undertake comparative research thanks to study tours within Canada and abroad. The Programme is an initiative of the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) and operates on Parliament Hill under the auspices of the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Visit the Programme’s website

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