Questions and Answers

Senate Appointments Process

General inquiries about applications

Senate Appointments Self-Serve System

Interpretation and Clarification of Criteria

Residents of Quebec

Winter 2017 Cycle

Summer 2016 Cycle

Senate Appointments Process

1. Why has the Government introduced an independent Senate appointments process?

The process is designed to restore public trust in the Senate and move towards a less partisan and more independent Senate. These changes will help the Senate to play its intended roles of “sober, second thought” when reviewing proposed legislation, and of representing regional and minority interests in Parliament.

2. What is the independent Senate appointments process?

Canadians have the opportunity to apply directly for a Senate appointment on a year-round basis through an open application process based on merit-based criteria and requirements under the Constitution.

Applications are retained for a two-year period beginning from the time of application.

Applications are reviewed by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments (the Advisory Board), an independent and non-partisan body established in 2016 to provide advice to the Prime Minister on candidates for Senate appointments. The Advisory Board, when convened by the Prime Minister, reviews applications in provinces and territories where there are planned or current vacancies.

Organizations and individuals are also encouraged to nominate high quality individuals whom they consider to be potential candidates for appointment to the Senate and whom they feel meet the assessment criteria. Individuals who are nominated for a Senate appointment are still required to submit an online application.

3. Are the provinces and territories included in the process?

Two of the five Advisory Board members are selected from the province or territory in which a vacancy arises. Provinces and territories are given an opportunity to engage in the process by providing a list of individuals for consideration as provincial or territorial members for the Advisory Board.

4. Does the Senate appointments process require a constitutional amendment?

No. Under the Constitution, the power to appoint Senators rests with the Governor General. By constitutional convention, the Governor General’s power is exercised on the advice of the Prime Minister.

5. Where can I find information regarding the current senators and upcoming Senate vacancies?

Information regarding the upcoming Senate vacancies due to the mandatory age retirement, as well as information about the current Senators, such as their name and biography, can be found on the Senate of Canada website.

6. What are the requirements to become a Senator?

To become a Senator, you must meet all the requirements per the Constitution Act, 1867. You must also demonstrate how you meet the merit-based criteria defined by the Government.

7. I do not meet one or more of the assessment criteria. Can I still apply for a Senate appointment?

Only you can decide whether you should apply for a Senate appointment, depending on your circumstances. However, you must meet all requirements per the Constitution Act, 1867 to be appointed. You must also demonstrate how you meet the merit-based criteria defined by the Government to be appointed as a senator.

8. Can I apply to become a Senator in more than one province or territory?

You may only apply to become a Senator in your province or territory of residency. More information on residency requirements is available in the assessment criteria section of the Advisory Board’s website.

9. Is there a Senate vacancy in my province or territory of residency?

Information regarding the Senate vacancies can be found in the Senators section of the Senate of Canada’s website.

If there is no vacancy in your province or territory of residency at this time, you may still submit your application for a Senate appointment. Applications are held for a period of two years beginning at the time of your application. If a seat in the Senate becomes vacant in your province or territory of residency during the retention period, your application will be provided to the Advisory Board for their consideration.

10. How do I nominate an individual for a Senate appointment?

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to nominate individuals whom they consider to be high quality candidates for appointment to the Senate and whom they feel meet the assessment criteria. To nominate an individual for a Senate appointment, go to the nomination page.

A nominee still needs to apply through the online process. Nominations will not be considered by the Advisory Board unless a completed application is submitted by the nominee.

You can also quickly and easily share information about the Senate appointments process with potential applicants by email or on social media using the “Share” button on the Advisory Board’s website.

11. I was nominated by an organization or an individual for a Senate appointment. Do I need to submit an application?

Yes. In fairness to all applicants, you must submit an online application. Nominations will not be considered unless the Advisory Board receives the complete application from the nominee.

12. What happens to my application once I submit it?

You will receive an acknowledgment email confirming that the Advisory Board has received your application. If there is a vacancy in your province or territory of residency, your application will be presented to the Advisory Board for assessment.

13. How long is my application retained?

Your application will be retained for two years. If a seat becomes vacant during the retention period in your province or territory of residency, your application will be provided to the Advisory Board for their consideration.

You will be notified by email at the end of the two-year retention period. You will then have the option to update your supporting documents and submit a new application, or advise the Advisory Board that you no longer wish to be considered for a Senate appointment.

14. How are applications screened?

The Advisory Board members review each application, applying the assessment criteria, to identify potential candidates for recommendation to the Prime Minister. The Advisory Board prepares a non-binding short-list of five candidates for the Prime Minister’s consideration, for each vacancy to be filled.

15. When can I expect to be contacted regarding my application?

Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted regarding the next stages of the process. Others will receive an email from the Advisory Board after the Prime Minister has announced the appointments.

16. Will face-to-face interviews be conducted?

Interviews may be conducted as deemed necessary by the Advisory Board.

17. Will you cover my travel expenses, should I be called to an interview?

If you are asked to travel to attend an interview as part of the Senate appointments process, you will be reimbursed for expenses, in accordance with the National Joint Council Travel Directive.

18. Will I be advised if the Advisory Board recommends me to the Prime Minister?

Advice to the Prime Minister is confidential and will not be disclosed.

19. Are the recommendations for Senate appointment made public?

Advice to the Prime Minister is confidential and will not be disclosed.

20. Are the recommendations for Senate appointment binding?

No. The decision to recommend to the Governor General persons for appointment to the Senate rests with the Prime Minister, as per the constitutional convention.

21. What happens once the Advisory Board provides its recommendations to the Prime Minister?

The Prime Minister considers the names recommended by the Advisory Board and subsequently provides his recommendations for appointment to the Senate to the Governor General.

Persons recommended to the Prime Minister as well as persons designated by the Prime Minister for a possible recommendation to the Governor General are subject to due diligence, including security and constitutional requirements checks.

22. My candidacy was not retained for a Senate appointment and I would like to receive feedback on my application. Who do I contact?

Feedback will not be provided on individual applications. Applicants who were not selected for an appointment to the Senate may reapply for future vacancies. In the meantime, we encourage you to review the assessment criteria and ‎ensure that the information provided in your application demonstrates how you meet each of the criteria.

23. What is the term of appointment for senators?

There is no fixed term of appointment for senators in Canada. Senators must retire on or prior to their 75th birthday.

General inquiries about applications

24. How do I apply for a Senate appointment?

The first step is to review information about the role of the Senate and the assessment criteria and consider how well you meet each of the criteria and requirements.

The following steps, the opportunities and additional information can be found on the Apply now page.

25. How long will it take to prepare my application?

It will take some time and effort to prepare your application. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as it is ready.

26. Where can I get the forms and templates I need to prepare my application?

The forms and templates are available on the Advisory Board’s website.

You should carefully review the assessment criteria and consider how well you meet each of the constitutional requirements and merit-based criteria before you start filling out the forms.

27. Do I have to use the forms and templates available on the Advisory Board’s website?

The application form and the Background Check Consent form are mandatory; you must use them.

You are strongly encouraged to use the curriculum vitae template and to have your referees use the reference letter template. Using these templates will help ensure that all the necessary information is provided for the Advisory Board’s consideration and that your application is complete. Note: You may use a different format; however, if any required information is missing, your application may not be retained for further consideration.

28. Do I have to create a profile in the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system and submit my application online?

Yes. Creating a profile will allow you to take advantage of the benefits of the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system. You can view your submitted applications and update your profile when you are logged onto the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system. You can also upload and save documents to your application, or update your application, at any time. If your contact information changes, you can log in and update your profile to ensure that the Advisory Board has accurate contact information. You can access the system from a computer, smartphone or tablet.

29. I am unable to submit an online application due to accessibility issues. How should I proceed?

If you are unable to submit your application online using the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system, please contact us toll-free at 1-888-854-1806 (toll-free in North America; TTY 1 800-465-7735) to discuss options for submitting your application.

30. How do I update my application?

To update your supporting documents, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your profile through the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system. All previously submitted applications will be listed on the main page.
  2. Click on “Replace file”.
  3. Locate and select the document you wish to submit. Press “Open” to upload it.
  4. An icon will appear to the right of the document once it is uploaded. By clicking the icon, you will be able to review your uploaded document and verify its accuracy.
  5. Click on “Submit” when your application is complete.

31. Can I update my application after the application review deadline?

You can change your application after the application review deadline; however, it may not be considered by the Advisory Board.

You can also update your profile information or withdraw your application at any time.

32. Can I submit additional material in support of my application (e.g., cover letter, articles, etc.)?

You do not need to provide any information or documentation other than what is required for your application to be considered complete, specifically a completed application form, curriculum vitae, three signed and completed reference letters, and a completed and signed Background Check Consent Form. It is recommended that you use the templates provided, and we ask that you follow guidelines on the content and length. The Senate Appointments Self-Serve system does not accept additional documents.

33. Who should I choose as a referee?

A referee can provide a reference letter to support your application either as an individual or on behalf of an organization. Referees must have known you for a minimum of five years and cannot be a close family member. Referees are asked to describe their connection to you.

You are also encouraged to identify referees from your province or territory; however, the Advisory Board will accept referees from outside your province or territory as well. Only you can decide who to choose as a referee depending on your circumstances.

Referees are strongly encouraged to use the reference letter template to ensure that all information required by the Advisory Board to fully consider an application is provided.

34. How many reference letters do I need to provide?

You are required to provide three reference letters from individuals attesting to your suitability for a Senate appointment. Referees may be contacted during the course of the process; therefore, contact information must be included.

35. Can I provide more than three reference letters?

The Senate Appointments Self-Serve system will accept only three reference letters. Therefore, if you have more than three reference letters, you should submit those that best describe your suitability for appointment as a senator.

36. I only have two reference letters. Can I submit my application?

You must provide three reference letters in order for your application to be considered complete. The Senate Appointments Self-Serve system will not accept an incomplete application.

37. Can the referees submit the reference letters on my behalf?

You must submit the letters of reference as part of your application. You may send the template to your referees and ask them to return the completed form in order for you to upload it to your profile on the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system. Referees should print, sign and scan their completed reference letter prior to sending it back to you.

38. Can a referee provide a reference letter to more than one applicant?

Yes. A referee may provide reference letters for multiple applicants provided that the requirements for a referee are met. A referee must have known you for a minimum of five years and cannot be a close family member. You are also encouraged to identify referees from your province or territory; however, the Advisory Board will accept referees from outside your province or territory as well.

39. Can I include a previously submitted reference letter as part of my application package?

Yes.

40. The contact information for one of my referees is changing. How do I notify the Advisory Board?

Please notify the Advisory Board by filling out the Questions and comments form available in the Contact us section of the website. Include in the message your name, your contact information, the name of your referee, his/her new contact information, and the date on which the change takes effect.

41. What types of security checks are required to become a Senator?

You must complete a Background Check Consent Form and submit a signed copy as part of your application. Initial security checks are required prior to the Advisory Board recommending candidates to the Prime Minister, and additional security checks are required prior to the Prime Minister providing recommendations to the Governor General.

42. I hold a valid security clearance from a federal department and/or provincial department, etc. Am I still required to undergo another security check to be appointed to the Senate?

Yes.

43. Which signature format is permitted for the supporting documents?

The signature format permitted for the supporting documents is either a handwritten signature or a scanned handwritten signature.

Cursive fonts and digital signatures, such as Adobe digital identifications, are not permitted.

Senate Appointments Self-Serve System

44. How do I create a profile?

You can create a new profile by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Applicant login page.
  2. Click on the hyperlink “Register” above the “Email address” field.
  3. Read and accept the Terms and conditions. Click on “Submit”.
  4. Fill out the Registration form.
  5. Click on “Register” at the bottom of the page after you have filled out all mandatory fields. Be sure to take note of your username/email address, password, security question and your answer to your security question for future reference. The above noted fields are case sensitive.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link within the email to activate your account.
  7. Your account is now created.

45. How long will it take to create my profile?

On average, it takes about 15 minutes to create a profile in the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system.

46. When can I create my profile in the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system?

You can create your profile in the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system at any time. Once you have entered your profile information, you will receive an email to confirm and activate your account.

47. Why did I receive a verification email after I created my profile?

This step allows the system administrator to validate that the profile is coming from a valid source. If you have not already done so, select the link in the verification email to activate your account. Once your account is active, you can select a process and submit your application.

48. I created my profile in the system but I did not receive a validation email. What should I do?

When you create your account, you will receive a validation email containing instructions on how to validate your account. The validation email will include, as part of the instructions, a website address link.

If you have not received this email, please check your SPAM folder or contact your email administrator to review blocked email addresses.

If the problem persists, please contact us toll-free at 1-888-854-1806 (toll-free in North America; TTY 1-800-465-7735) for technical assistance.

49. How do I change my username/email address?

To change your username/email address:

  1. While logged in, navigate to the “Accounts settings” page by clicking on the “My profile” button.
  2. Click on the “Change Email Address” button.
  3. Enter your password and your new username/email address.
  4. Click on the “Change Email Address” button.
  5. You will receive an email. Click on the confirmation link in the email to complete the change request.

50. I forgot my password. How do I reset it?

To reset your password:

  1. Navigate to the Applicant login page.
  2. Click on “Forgot your password?” just above the “Log in” button.
  3. Enter your email address (the one you used to register) and click on the “Submit” button.
  4. Answer your Security Question and click on the “Submit” button.
  5. Enter a new password. Enter it a second time to confirm the change and click on the “New password” button.
  6. Your password has now been reset. You will receive a confirmation email.

Note: Forgot the answer to your security question? Contact us.

51. How do I change my password?

To change your password:

  1. While logged in, navigate to the “Accounts settings” page by clicking on the “My profile” button.
  2. Click on the “Change my password” button.
  3. Enter a new password. Enter it a second time to confirm the change and click on the “New password” button.
  4. Your password has now been changed. You will receive a confirmation email.

52. What are the password criteria?

A password must include a capital letter, a number and a special character (e.g. #, $, %, ?, &; some computers do not accept the asterisk*) and must have a minimum of six characters.

53. My account is locked for 24 hours due to too many unsuccessful logins. How should I proceed?

For security reasons, accounts will be locked for 24 hours on the Senate Appointments Self-Service system after five unsuccessful login attempts.

If you have forgotten your password, please follow the steps below to reset it:

  1. Navigate to the Applicant login page.
  2. Click on “Forgot your password?” just above the “Log in” button.
  3. Enter your email address (the one you used to register) and click on the “Submit” button.
  4. Answer your Security Question and click on the “Submit” button.
  5. Enter a new password. Enter it a second time to confirm the change and click on the “New password” button.
  6. Your password has now been reset. You will receive a confirmation email.

Note: Forgot the answer to your security question? Contact us.

54. My contact information is changing. How do I notify the Advisory Board?

You should update your contact information by accessing the profile you created in the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system. The Advisory Board will be informed of the changes.

55. How do I update my profile?

To update your profile:

  1. While logged in, navigate to the “Accounts settings” page by clicking on the “My profile” button.
  2. Click on the “Update my profile” button.
  3. Enter updates required in any of the fields.
  4. Click on “Update”.
  5. Your personal information is now updated and current. Open your profile to confirm or correct the updates.

56. I submitted my application for a Senate appointments process, but I have changed my mind. How do I withdraw my application?

To withdraw your application from further consideration:

  1. Log into your profile in Senate Appointments Self-Serve system;
  2. View your application on the profile screen; and
  3. Click on the “Withdraw” button to withdraw your application.

Your profile will remain active but your application will be withdrawn. If you have not submitted your application, it will not be processed and you can delete your profile.

57. What happens if I withdraw my application?

If you withdraw your application, it remains in the Senate Appointments Self-Serve system but it will not be given to the Advisory Board for their consideration. Your profile remains active.

58. I withdrew my application, but I changed my mind. Do I have to reapply?

To reapply, simply navigate to your “Account settings” page by clicking on the “My profile” button and click on the “Reapply” button beside the applicable selection process.

If you reapply after the application review date has passed, your application may not be considered by the Advisory Board.

59. How do I delete my profile?

To delete your profile:

  1. While logged in, navigate to the “Accounts settings” page by clicking on the “My profile” button.
  2. Click on the “Delete my account” button.
  3. A pop up window will open.
  4. Click on “OK”.
  5. Your account has been deleted.

Important – If you delete your account, any previously submitted applications will continue to be processed. If you no longer wish to be considered, you must withdraw your application prior to deleting your account.

60. What format do my documents have to be in?

Your supporting documents must be in PDF format. The Senate Appointments Self-Serve system will not accept other formats.

61. How do I download a PDF form?

You need Adobe Reader 10 or higher to use forms in PDF format. Adobe Reader can be downloaded free from the Adobe website. It is available for Windows and Mac computers.

Important - Some web browsers do not open PDF files in Adobe Reader; they use other software. If you have problems opening a PDF on our website, download the file to your own computer by following the download instructions below. Then, open the file from your computer.

Downloading PDF forms on our website

For PC users

  1. Right-click the link.
  2. Select “Save target as” or “Save link as”.
  3. Choose the location on your computer where you would like to save the file.
  4. Select “Save”.

For Mac users

  1. Press the Control (ctrl) key and click on the link.
  2. When the option menu appears, choose “Download link to disk” or “Download linked file”.
  3. Choose the location on your computer where you would like to store the file. Your computer will start the download once you have selected a location.

Opening PDF forms on your computer

If you have downloaded a PDF form and it is not opening properly, follow these instructions:

  1. Right click on the PDF.
  2. Select “Open with”.
  3. Select “Choose program”.
  4. Select “Adobe Acrobat Reader”.
  5. Make sure to check the box “Always use this program to open these files”.
  6. Select “OK”.

If a PDF document opens up blank, or you get an error message, you can try:

  • opening the document using a different browser; or
  • installing the latest version of Internet Explorer.

62. How do I create a PDF of my supporting documents?

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed by Adobe Corporation and it is used to easily transfer documents via the Internet.

PDF files are protected from changes and retain the exact elements of a presentation thereby avoiding problems like missing fonts or broken layouts. PDF files can be viewed by using Adobe Acrobat Reader, an easily downloadable application supported by all OS-Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

The forms and templates provided on the Advisory Board’s website are fillable PDFs. There are several options if you need to convert another electronic document to PDF.

Converting word processor documents to PDF using Save As option (Windows)

  1. Open your word processor document (ex. MSWord), choose “File” then “Save as”.
  2. Select “Save as Type PDF (*.pdf)”.
  3. Click on “Save”.

Converting word processor documents to PDF using Mac OS X

Converting documents to PDF in Mac OS X is very similar to conversion in Windows. However, you do not need a document converter on Mac OS X for converting MS Word documents to PDF. Follow the steps below to convert your file:

  1. Open your file in your text editor.
  2. Click “File” then “Print”.
  3. In the Print window, click the “PDF” button at the bottom-left then select “Save as PDF…” option.
  4. Choose the location, rename your PDF file, then click “Save”.

Converting word processor documents to PDF using a Document Converter

Converting word processor files to PDF is just a matter of choosing your document converter as your printer.

  1. Open the document in your word processor.
  2. Choose “File” then “Print”.
  3. Choose your document converter (Adobe PDF, Universal Document Converter, CutePDF, etc.).
  4. If you’re using Adobe PDF or CutePDF, you can just click OK, specify the file name and location for your PDF file, then Save it. If you’re using the Universal Document Converter, click “Properties” then choose “Document to PDF”, “Color”, “Multipage” in the scroll bar. Click “OK” then “Print”.

63. How do I ensure that my PDF is less than 2.5MB?

  1. When converting your document from MSWord, you can select “Minimum size” to reduce the size of your file.
  2. To find out the size of your document, open the folder using your file browser.
  3. You can also view the size of your document from Adobe. Open your PDF file, click on “File” then “Properties”. You can view the details, including the File size.
  4. When scanning a document, select the lowest resolution option, usually “text only” or “black and white” , no colors.

64. I am respecting the word limit allowed in the box provided on the PDF form; however, I am unable to submit the text in the required field. How should I proceed?

You can adjust the formatting of your text in order to fit it fully into the expandable box provided. For example, you can join two short paragraphs together to limit the empty spaces in the text box as they count towards your limit allowed.

65. I require an alternate format of the forms in order to complete my application. What should I do?

If you have accessibility issues, please contact us. You can either complete the Questions and comments form or call us at 1-888-854-1806 (toll-free in North America; TTY 1-800-465-7735).

Interpretation and Clarification of Criteria

66. What documents do I need to provide as proof of age and citizenship?

If asked, you would be expected to provide scanned copies of government-issued identification proving your age and your citizenship, for example a passport, birth certificate, and/or certificate of Canadian citizenship.

67. What documents do I need to provide as proof of residency?

If asked, you would be expected to provide scanned copies of government-issued identification and/or other documentation as proof of residency that is at least two years old in the province or territory for which you applied, for example, a driver’s license, a health card, or a utility bill or statement indicating your name and home address that is at least two years old. Since they are not necessarily evidence of residence, mortgage statements, tax assessments and title documents for real property are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.

If you wanted to seek an exception to the two year residency requirement, you would be asked to provide proof of residency in the province or territory more than two years before the date of application, plus:

  • Letter of acceptance, on letterhead, from the educational institution outside of the province or territory in your name, indicating the length of program/period of study; or
  • Confirmation of employment, on letterhead, from employer outside of province or territory in your name indicating term of employment; and/or
  • Such other supporting documentation as may be required to prove that you fit within the exception.

68. What documents do I need to provide as proof of real property ownership?

If asked, you would be expected to provide scanned copies of documentation proving that you own real property with a net value of $4,000 in the province for which you applied, such as the following:

  • Copy of registered deed/transfer of land in your name, indicating type of ownership (e.g. fee simple);
  • Current copy of land title register/abstract;
  • Current property tax assessment of your real property; and
  • Current mortgage statements, if applicable; in the event that there is no mortgage registered against the property, a statement to that effect signed by you.

Note: if necessary, further documentation may be requested.

69. For the property ownership requirement, can this include joint ownership of a property, such as owning a residence with a spouse?

Joint ownership of real property with another person is permitted.

70. My property is in the name of my spouse. Is that an issue?

Real property in the name of a spouse only is not sufficient to satisfy the property ownership requirement.

71. What if my property has a mortgage on it?

The presence of a mortgage on the real property is not a bar, provided the value of the property less the mortgage and other encumbrances is $4,000 or more.

72. Does real property include a leased apartment?

Generally, a leased apartment which is leasehold, as opposed to freehold is not sufficient to satisfy the constitutional requirement.

73. What documentation do I need to provide as proof that I have a net worth of at least $4,000?

If asked, you would be expected to provide documentation proving that you have an overall net worth of $4,000 in real and personal property as well as a signed statement from you or your financial advisor or bank indicating net worth of $4,000 or more. Please note that since this relates to your global assets as compared to global liabilities, a copy of a bank, investment or credit line statement will not satisfy this requirement.

74. Will the fact that I previously claimed bankruptcy disqualify me?

An individual who has declared bankruptcy and who is no longer bankrupt (i.e. has received a discharge from bankruptcy) is not barred from applying for the Senate, provided that they can prove that they meet all requirements. An undischarged bankruptcy could act as an impediment to being appointed as there may be issues surrounding the applicant’s ability to meet the required property and net worth requirements.

75. When will individuals need to meet the net worth in real and personal property requirement?

An individual must meet the net worth in real and personal property requirements at the time of appointment to the Senate.

76. Do I have to submit proof of residency, net worth, citizenship, age and/or property ownership with my application?

You do not have to submit proof of the constitutional requirements with your application.

Proof of these constitutional requirements will be collected, as needed, at a later stage of the appointment process.

Residents of Quebec

77. Are there different rules that apply to Quebec residents?

Individuals must be a resident in the province or territory of vacancy and own property with a net value of $4,000 in the province or territory for which he or she is appointed, and have an overall net worth of $4,000 in real and personal property.

In the case of Quebec residents, the individual must have his or her real property qualification in the electoral division for which he or she is appointed, or be resident in that electoral division.

78. Why are there different requirements for Quebec applicants?

The requirements are defined in the Constitution Act, 1867.

79. What are the Quebec electoral divisions?

There are 24 electoral divisions in Quebec. Consult the Electoral divisions of Quebec map to find out which electoral division you reside in.

Winter 2017 Cycle

80. How many vacancies were to be filled in the Senate through the Winter 2017 cycle?

There were initially six vacancies to be filled in the Senate through the winter 2017 cycle: one in New Brunswick, three in Nova Scotia and three in Ontario. Two more vacancies for Ontario were added in May and November 2017 respectively.

81. What was the deadline to apply to become a Senator through the Winter 2017 cycle?

The application deadline for the winter 2017 cycle was January 25, 2017 at 23:59 Eastern Time.

82. When were the results of the Winter 2017 cycle released?

Announcements are posted on the Advisory Board’s website.

83. How many applications were received for the Winter 2017 cycle?

The Advisory Board provided this information in its report to the Prime Minister.

Summer 2016 Cycle

84. Who was appointed to the Senate for the Summer 2016 cycle?

The Prime Minister announced his intention to recommend the appointment of nine new Senators to fill vacancies in the Senate for the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island on October 27, 2016.

The Prime Minister made a subsequent announcement on October 31, 2016, of his intention to recommend the appointment of six new Senators to fill vacancies in the Senate for the province of Ontario.

The Prime Minister made a third announcement on November 2, 2016, of his intention to recommend the appointment of six new Senators to fill vacancies in the Senate for the province of Quebec.

85. How many applications were received for the Summer 2016 cycle?

More than 2,700 applications were received from Canadians. The Advisory Board provided additional information on the process in its report to the Prime Minister.

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