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Salaries of Canadian Senators 2014-15

Basic Salary and Extra Compensation for Canadian Senators

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Updated: 04/02/2014

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.

Salaries of Canadian Senators 2014-15

The salaries and allowances of Canadian senators are adjusted on April 1 each year. 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 Labour Program in the federal Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Base Salary of Canadian Senators

All Canadian Senators make a basic salary of $138,700, up from $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
Senator   $138,700
Speaker of the Senate* $ 57,200 $195,900
Leader of the Government in the Senate* $ 78,300 $217,000
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate $ 37,300 $176,000
Government Whip $ 11,400 $150,100
Opposition Whip $  6,700 $145,400
Government Caucus Chair $  6,700 $145,400
Opposition Caucus Chair $  5,700 $144,400
Senate Committee Chair $ 11,400 $150,100
Senate Committee vice-Chair $  5,700 $144,400
*The Speaker of the Senate and the Leader of the Government in the Senate also get a car allowance.

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