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 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 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 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.
- Senator for Alberta
- Senator for British Columbia
- Senator for Manitoba
- Senator for New Brunswick
- Senator for Newfoundland and Labrador
- Senator for Northwest Territories
- Senator for Nova Scotia
- Senator for Nunavut
- Senator for Ontario
- Senator for Prince Edward Island
- Senator for Quebec
- Senator for Saskatchewan
- Senator for Yukon
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