CO-OP STUDENTS or ALL CBU STUDENTS – Parliamentary Guides


Being a Parliamentary Guide is a unique and rewarding experience. You will:

  • Meet interesting people from across the country and around the world
  • Practice your second language every day
  • Forge new and lasting friendships
  • Have memorable professional and social experiences
  • Learn about Canada’s Parliament while in Parliament!

Why work for the Parliamentary Guide Program? Here’s what we have to offer:

  • A unique and memorable experience
  • A competitive hourly wage
  • Comprehensive training and skills development
  • Paid travel to and from the National Capital Region (summer program only)

Summer Program Details:

  • Early May to Labour Day
  • Parliamentary Guides work full-time, 35hrs/week
  • Open to bilingual university students across Canada
  • Extended hours of operation in May and June
  • Two-week training period beginning in late April

Applications to the Parliamentary Guide Program are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Relevant experience (interpretation and guiding, customer service, public speaking, etc.)
  • Breadth of experience (employment, volunteer and/or extracurricular experience in client services, interpersonal skills, teamwork, etc.)
  • Superior communication skills.
  • Parliamentary Guides offer tours and visitor services in English and French every day, so applicants must be able to speak both languages fluently.

Candidates are assessed according to the following criteria at various 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, as assessed by the House of Commons Language Assessment Centre.



In English and French, Parliamentary Guides:

  • Welcome visitors to Parliament
  • Lead guided tours of Centre Block, which houses
  • Canada’s Senate, House of Commons, and Library of Parliament
  • Greet visitors in the Peace Tower and Memorial Chamber
  • Offer guided tours of the restored historic rooms in East Block

For more information, visit the official website.

Application Details

To Apply:
You must also provide the following documents by email to before January 12, 2017 at 4pm:

  • Your curriculum vitae and a cover letter
  • A proof of registration, proof of payment, or proof of status confirming that you are a student
  • A photocopied proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.

Please note in the subject field: Parliamentary Guide Recruitment, Summer 2017, your name.

Note: Only complete applications (including the application form and all supplementary documents) will be considered.

Applicants interested in this position as a Co-op placement must meet the Co-op Program requirements for their degree. Click here to read more about the Co-op program at Cape Breton University. For further information, contact Jennifer Currie or Carly Turnbull: CBU Student Placement Officers.