First Steps

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New Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) receive help from caucus staff and colleagues who have experience in setting up an office or with the services available at the Legislative Assembly. As well, Assembly staff are happy to assist and have compiled a list of resources to make your transition to life as an MLA as smooth as possible.

Members of the 40th Parliament

Members of the 40th Parliament, including official photographs and biographies, are listed on the Legislative Assembly website under Members. Individual MLAs can be searched by name, constituency, community, and postal code, by using Find My MLA.

Orientation sessions

Orientation sessions are typically held for new Members and all constituency office staff following a provincial general election. Dates are confirmed via email updates from the Clerk. Up-to-date information on all upcoming events is also posted on the main homepage.

Oath ceremony

All MLAs are required to take and subscribe to the oath of allegiance prior to sitting or voting in the House. Further information on the oath ceremony is available here »

Initial travel expenses

Travel, accommodation, and meal expenses will be reimbursed for initial trips to attend caucus meetings and events at the Legislative Assembly. Please save and submit detailed receipts for reimbursement.

Assembly email accounts

New and returning Members are provided with Assembly email accounts. Caucus staff will notify MLAs when the accounts are set up.

Constituency office set-up

As a new Member, your first steps will be to find and lease office space, to open an office bank account, and to hire staff.

Lease negotiations: the Legislative Assembly has arranged to provide the services of a Leasing Consultant to assist MLAs with lease negotiations.

Constituency office bank account: to receive funding for constituency office operations, each MLA is required to open an account at a local financial institution under the name of the riding.

Staffing: each MLA is responsible for hiring constituency office staff. Salary and benefits are paid from the constituency office allowance, and a formal employment contract is recommended.

Please contact Financial Services for more information on constituency office set-up.

Detailed information on first steps is available in Managing your Constituency Office.

Last Updated: March 08, 2017