Apply to be a Student Parliamentary Guide in 2016

The Library of Parliament is now accepting applications for the Summer 2016 Parliamentary Guide Program.

Being a Parliamentary Guide is a unique and rewarding experience. Guides have the chance t0 meet interesting people from across the country and around the world, practice their second language, forge new and lasting friendships, and learn about Canada’s Parliament. In English and French, Parliamentary Guides welcome visitors to Parliament and lead guided tours of Centre Block, which houses Canada’s Senate, House of Commons, and Library of Parliament, and of restored historic rooms in East Block.

The summer Parliamentary Guide Program runs from early May to Labour Day. Guides will work 35 h/week for a competitive hourly wage, and will take part in a two-week training program in late April. Parliamentary guides receive paid travel to and from the National Capital Region.

Applicants must be:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Full-time university students;
  • Bilingual in English and French; and
  • Passionate about Canada’s history and democracy.

Candidates will be assessed according to the following criteria at subsequent steps in the selection process:

  • Knowledge of the Canadian legislative process and the history of Parliament;
  • Superior oral communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Professionalism and judgement;
  • Creativity, adaptability, confidence, and a capacity to engage;
  • Initiative, focus, and teamwork;
  • Ability to converse clearly, coherently, and accurately, and to convey and understand a message easily in their second language at a superior level, as assessed by the House of Commons Language Assessment Centre.

Applicants must submit the online application form by Friday, January 15, 2016. By that date, applicants must also send a resume and cover letter, proof of registration, payment, or status as a full-time student, and proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency to [email protected]. Please note in the subject field: Parliamentary Guide Recruitment, Summer 2016, your name.

Students are encouraged to apply online and visit for program information and other details.

Completed applications and supporting documentation must be sent no later than January 15, 2016.