There are normally 105 senators in the Senate of Canada, the upper house of the Parliament of Canada. Canadian senators are not elected. They are appointed by the Governor General of Canada on the advice of the Prime Minister of Canada.
2013-14 Salaries of Canadian Senators
The salaries and allowances of Canadian senators are adjusted on April 1 each year, although senators salaries had been frozen since 2009 as an austerity measure. The increase to senators salaries is based on an index of wage increases from major settlements of private-sector bargaining units which is maintained by the federal Department of Human Resources and Skills Development.
Base Salary of Canadian Senators
All Canadian Senators make a basic salary of $135,200.
Extra Compensation for Additional Responsibilities
Senators who have extra responsibilities, such as the Speaker of the Senate, the Leader of the Government and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, government and opposition whips, and chairs of Senate committees, receive additional compensation. (See chart below.)
|Title||Additional Salary||Total Salary|
|Speaker of the Senate*||$ 56,000||$191,200|
|Leader of the Government in the Senate*||$ 76,700||$211,900|
|Leader of the Opposition in the Senate||$ 36,500||$171,700|
|Government Whip||$ 11,200||$146,400|
|Opposition Whip||$ 6,600||$141,800|
|Government Caucus Chair||$ 6,600||$141,800|
|Opposition Caucus Chair||$ 5,600||$140,800|
|Senate Committee Chair||$ 11,200||$146,400|
|Senate Committee vice-Chair||$ 5,600||$140,800|
|*The Speaker of the Senate and the Leader of the Government in the Senate also get a car allowance.|