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Become a Page

Are you interested in becoming a page and being part of an unforgettable year-long experience? The page program hires a new cohort of 40 students annually. Its recruitment campaign begins every September, and those applying must be looking to enroll in their first year of university or college the following September.

Candidates’ competencies will first be assessed through an online application. Selected candidates will then undergo a second-language evaluation, an interview and reference checks. The final selection of the 40 pages is completed by the end of March each year.

The page program is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of Canadian society and to ensuring the equitable representation of women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities. We encourage members of these designated groups to self-identify when they apply to the program.

The page program is also dedicated to ensuring students’ academic success and supporting their work-life balance. For this reason, potential candidates should consult our FAQ section, as not all programs of study have a course schedule that aligns with the work requirements of a page.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident;
  • be graduating, or have graduated, from high school or CEGEP and starting full-time or part-time studies in September 2022 at one of the the eligible post-secondary institutions in the national capital region;
  • be willing to reside in the national capital region during your year of employment; and
  • orally communicate fluently in both official languages (will be formally evaluated by the House of Commons).

Experience

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements indicated above, to be selected, candidates must demonstrate:

  • experience providing client service through employment, volunteering, or extracurricular activities;
  • experience in managing multiple priorities (e.g. work, school, community involvement, family, etc.); and
  • experience communicating and collaborating with peers (e.g. teamwork, conflict resolution, etc.).

Asset

As an asset, candidates may:

  • Demonstrate interest in learning about the Canadian parliamentary system and its history.

Application Process

The page program application process runs from September until the end of March. As a first step, candidates must submit their completed online application by the deadline: November 7, 2021.

Step 1

Application submission

September 27, 2021 – November 7, 2021

Candidates must submit their application through the House of Commons career portal by the deadline.

To be considered complete, applications must include the following:

  • proof of enrolment confirming your current or past student status (i.e. unofficial transcript, official transcript or report card from a high school or CEGEP);
  • a curriculum vitae (maximum of two pages); and
  • a cover letter including detailed examples that clearly demonstrate how you meet the eligibility, experience, and asset criteria.

Step 2

Screening of applications

November 2021

Applications are being reviewed and evaluated. Selected candidates will be invited by email to the next step in the process. Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified by email.

Step 3

Second language evaluations and interviews

December 2021 – January 2022

Selected applicants will be invited to undergo a second-language evaluation (SLE), which takes place over the telephone. Candidates who pass their SLE will be invited to an interview.

Interviews begin in January and will be conducted in person for those who live in the national capital region and by video conference for those outside the region.

Candidates are expected to be available for the interview at the date, time and place indicated by the House of Commons.

Step 4

Reference check

February 2022

At the time of the interview, candidates must provide contact information for two references. A reference may be a teacher, school principal, guidance counsellor, administrator of an academic institution or someone who is not a family member and who has supervised the candidate during a paid or volunteer activity. It is the candidate’s responsibility to inform the individual about the possibility of receiving a reference call.

Step 5

Selection and notice of results of the selection process

March 2022

During the final selection process, the results of reference checks, as well as provincial representation, diversity and gender balance are taken into consideration.

Selected candidates will be contacted via email to confirm their interest in joining the page program and will receive a formal letter of offer by the end of March. Those not selected will also be notified by email.