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House of Commons Page Program

Each year 40 students are selected from high schools across Canada to work as pages in the House of Commons. Those hired as pages work on a part-time basis (15 hours per week) during their first year of study at one of the universities in the National Capital Region. The salary is $14,152 over a twelve-month period with a bonus of $1200 at the end of the program. Transportation costs to and from Ottawa at the beginning and end of the program are covered. Pages play a key role in the communications network on Parliament Hill. Delivering important messages and research papers to Members, linking MPs to their Hill offices, and serving House officials in various capacities, House of Commons pages are an important part of government services in the nation’s capital.

To qualify, you must:

• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
• Be graduating from a high school and commencing full-time studies at a university in the National Capital Region in September 2015;
• Have an overall academic average of at least 80%;
• Speak both official languages at a superior level;
• Be accepted at one of the following universities: Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Saint-Paul University, or Universite du Quebec en Outaouais;
• Possess superior interpersonal skills; show sound judgment; be reliable, tactful, and courteous; demonstrate an interest in the Canadian parliamentary system.

The deadline for applications is Monday, December 8. You may apply on-line at here. You will need to provide a transcript and the names and contact information for two referees; you must also include a CV and an essay explaining why you would be a good fit for the program. You should request a transcript from Ms Berndsen no later than Friday, November 28.