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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 Canada’s Constitution. They may also nominate or encourage another Canadian to apply.

If you applied within the past two years, you do not need to reapply but you can update your application at any time by replacing documents as required in the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system.

If you applied more than two years ago, you must submit a new application package with updated documents, as required.

The following table outlines when the Advisory Board plans to start reviewing applications for the current and upcoming Senate vacancies. Canadians are encouraged to apply before the start date in their province to ensure the Advisory Board considers the documentation for this cycle. Please note that applications from all Canadians are accepted at any time and are retained for two years.

Province Application review start date
Alberta To be determined
British Columbia April 20, 2022
Manitoba April 20, 2022
New Brunswick To be determined
Newfoundland and Labrador To be determined
Nova Scotia To be determined
Ontario April 20, 2022
Prince Edward Island To be determined
Saskatchewan April 20, 2022

Note: Information about current and upcoming Senate vacancies can be found on the Senate of Canada website.

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:

  • an application form;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • three reference letters; and
  • a Background Check Consent form.

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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