Minister Gould announces improvements to the Senate appointments process – applications open now!
“The strength of our democracy depends on Canadians from all backgrounds actively participating in our democratic institutions. I am pleased that the Government of Canada is improving the Senate application process in order to ensure that we can reach the highest calibre candidates for appointment. I encourage all qualified and interested Canadians to take advantage of this opportunity by applying for a Senate seat themselves or by nominating a potential candidate.”
‑ The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions
For the next applications review cycle, the Independent Advisory Board will review applications that are submitted by April 3, 2018. The Board will retain applications received after this date for consideration for future opportunities.
Under the Canadian Constitution, the Governor General appoints individuals to the Senate. By convention, Senators are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Since 2016, the selection process for Senators has allowed all Canadians to apply. Candidate submissions are reviewed by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, which provides the Prime Minister with recommendations. The Prime Minister selects the individuals he wishes to recommend to the Governor General for appointment to the Senate.
The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments is guided by public, transparent, non-partisan and merit-based criteria to identify highly qualified candidates.
Since the establishment of the new Senate appointments process in 2016, 32 independent senators have been appointed.
There are currently 12 vacancies in the Senate.
At present, 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.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Democratic Institutions
Privy Council Office
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