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Senate (Senate)

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Parliament name Parliament of Canada - Parlement du Canada
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name Senate
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) House of Commons
Electoral Law 1 January 1985
Last amendment: 1999
Mode of designation appointed 105
Constituencies Regional representation:
- a total of 24 Senators from each of 4 regions (Ontario, Quebec, Maritime Provinces, Western provinces)
- 6 Senators from Newfoundland
- 1 Senator from the Northwest Territories
- 1 Senator from Nunavut
- 1 Senator from the Yukon
Voting system : Appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
Vacancies are filled by the Governor-General acting on the recommendation of the Cabinet.
Voter requirements (not applicable)
Eligibility - age: 30 years
- Canadian or British Commonwealth citizenship
- residence in the province for which appointed
- ownership of land free of encumbrances to the value of Can$ 4,000 within that same province
- real and personal property having a net worth of Can$ 4,000
- in Quebec: residence and property qualifications considered at the district level
- ineligibility: citizenship of another country, undischarged bankruptcy
Incompatibilities (not applicable)
Candidacy requirements - candidates nominated by political parties

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