FAQs about the Page Program
Who is eligible?
Ontario students attending grade 7 or grade 8 with a minimum level 4 or 80 % academic average are eligible. Students in Grade 6 are not eligible, and their application will not be considered.
Are there other requirements?
In addition to a strong academic record, applicants must demonstrate leadership, responsibility and involvement in a variety of extra-curricular activities, both in and outside of school. Students should also show an interest in current affairs and get along well with both their peers and adults.
When are the deadlines for applying?
June 15th (Fall Parliamentary Session); November 15th (Spring Parliamentary Session of the following year).
When can I apply?
Grade 7 students may apply for both the June & November deadlines; and Grade 8 students may only apply for the November deadline. Applications are only accepted during the following recruitment periods: April 15th to June 15th and September 15th to November 15th.
Is the process competitive?
Yes. The program receives hundreds of applications for each round of selections. There is limited space and Page positions are distributed between boys and girls who live throughout the 124 ridings represented in the Legislature. All applications go through an anonymous screening process to ensure fairness.
What if I live far away?
Where you live does not affect your eligibility. We encourage all Ontario students to apply, even if your riding is far from Toronto. We help defray some of the costs associated with travelling to and from your home town and Queen's Park.
The Page Program is a non-residential program. It is up to the Page to find housing within commuting distance of Toronto for the duration of their term of duty. Most applicants are able to secure accommodation with extended family, friends or through other Pages in their group.
How long will I serve as a Page?
A typical term of duty lasts between 2 and 4 weeks, which may be shortened or lengthened if there are changes to the Parliamentary Calendar. Pages work in the Legislative Chamber from Monday to Thursday and on Fridays there are special activities!
What is a typical day like as a Page?
Each day is different at the Legislature, but here is a sample of a day in the life of a Page:
8:00 am Arrive to the Page Quarters.
8:15 am Ready for class in uniform.
9:00 am Order! Serve in the House and perform special duties. Some Pages will have legislative process class.
1:00 pm Serve in the House and perform special duties as assigned. Some Pages will have math class.
4:30 pm Early dismissal for Pages in math class.
6:00 pm Late dismissal for Pages on House duty.
Pages will also have the opportunity to meet with their MPP and key Parliamentary Players (i.e. Lieutenant Governor, Speaker, Clerk, Premier etc.)
Do Pages get paid?
Pages receive a $15.00 per day honorarium and are reimbursed their public transit costs from Monday to Friday.
If I am selected as a Page, can I still participate in extra-curricular activities during my term?
Yes, as long as your activities do not interfere with your responsibilities or duties as a Legislative Page. We as for your commitment to the program from Monday to Friday. In the past, Pages have missed class trips, sporting matches and tournaments, performances, music lessons etc.
What is the application process?
There are three steps to the application process. Applicants start the online application process by registering, creating a profile and completing the application form (including an essay). Finally, you have to complete the Consent Form, have it signed by a parent/guardian, your homeroom teacher and principal. This form must be submitted by the school directly to the Page Program by email to pageapplication.ola.org. Read the eligibility requirements and the application information on this website carefully.
How do I apply?
You can apply online on this web site follow the links to Apply Now. (*Note this link is only active during the recruitment periods.)
For more information please contact the Legislative Page Program at 416-325-7457 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.