Each year, 15 individuals are chosen from hundreds of youth through a national competition to work as a Page for the Senate of Canada. Pages are primarily responsible for assisting Senators and table officers throughout sittings of the Senate by fulfilling various requests as well as those of various dignitaries, Supreme Court Justices, the Prime Minister, and the Governor General when visiting the Senate. Pages are responsible for numerous tasks in relation to Chamber and Committee duties such as: distribution of files and documents, relaying messages, and administrative and procedural duties. Pages attend to and assist with the proceedings of notable events such as Royal Assent, Speech from the Throne, and State Visits. They also share their experiences with youth participating in various National outreach programs such as Forum for Young Canadians and Encounters With Canada, and work to improve the Senate Page Program itself.
It is difficult to determine the origins of the Senate Page Program. The title "Page" first started to appear in the Journals of Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada in 1841. There are also reports indicating the presence of Pages in legislatures as early as 1765 and 1827. It is certain, however, that by 1868 the position of Page was a well established part of parliamentary life.
The basic requirement of a Senate Page following confederation was "to be a smart little boy." There were... Read More