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Canadians may apply for appointment to the Senate at any time through an open application process based on transparent, merit-based criteria and requirements under the Constitution. They may also nominate and encourage another Canadian to apply.

Currently, we are looking for Canadians to fill current and upcoming Senate vacancies in the following provinces and territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. Applications may also be sent for every other province or territory. However, only applications for the listed provinces and territories will be reviewed. For this applications review cycle, the Advisory Board will review applications that are submitted by April 3, 2018. The Advisory Board will retain applications received after this date for consideration for future opportunities.

In addition, all applications will now be retained for a two-year period, beginning from the time of application. If you have already applied in the past two years, you do not need to reapply. You can however update your documents by using the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system.

How to apply

Step 1: Review information about the role of the Senate and the assessment criteria and consider how well you meet each of the criteria and requirements.

Step 2: Gather the necessary supporting documents. A complete application package includes the following:

Step 3: Click the opportunity link for your province or territory in the list below. The opportunity page will display.

Step 4: Click the "Apply Online" link at the bottom of the opportunity page.

Step 5: If you are not logged in, the "Applicant Login" page will display. Create a profile or log into the system.

Step 6: If you are logged in, the "New Application" page will display. Follow the instructions and upload your documents. The system automatically saves your draft application as you upload your documents. You can log out, and return at any time to add new documents or replace documents with updated versions.

Step 7: Submit your application once it is complete.

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