Teaching in Canada, Salary, Qualifications & Teacher Requirements

Teaching in Canada, Salary, Qualifications & Teacher RequirementsA country actively seeking new people, teaching in Canada could offer you a chance to settle in a new country with the vast amount of opportunities the country has to offer. Choosing teaching jobs in Canada at school provides similarities to other western countries.

Work visa and permission eligibility to stay permanently are granted fairly easily to teachers through a points system depending on factors including, age, qualifications, language and of teacher job offer in Canada.

Canada teaching jobs for foreigners are available for teachers from USA, South Africa, Ireland, Australia, UK, France and other countries.


School teacher salary Canada

Each of the ten provinces has they’re own salary scale in Canada and teacher benefits according to school district.

Teaching jobs in Canada salary is according to qualifications, experience and additional school responsibilities.

Canada minimum & maximum category 5 school teacher qualifications salary 2021:


Minimum to maximum Canada school teacher salary 2021 

Quebec                                                       $46,115 – $127,282

British Columbia                                         $53,260 – $85,761

Nova Scotia                                                $55,160 – $78,728

New Brunswick                                           $53,372 – $82,296

Yukon                                                         $80,766 – $116,672

Newfoundland and Labrador                    $53,755 –  $70,391

Manitoba                                                   $60,469 –  $92,614

Northwest Territories                                $86,516 –  $127,282

Saskatchewan                                            $60,338 –  $92,797

Alberta                                                       $63,210 –  $97,734

Prince Edward Island                                 $56,644 –  $81,861

Nunavut                                                    $82,147 –  $118,142

Ontario (Elementary – ETFO)                     $55,745 –  $96,557



Requirements for school teachers in Canada

State schools have their own recruitment teaching requirements in Canada depending on province, although all have similar qualification and qualified teacher license standards:

  • Police background clearance certificate (Enhanced Disclosure Scotland, DBS) issue date 6 months or less
  • Work visa issued by Canada immigration department, if required
  • Fluent command of English or French language for Quebec province
  • Bachelor degree in the specialist teaching subject
  • 2 good school teaching references from present or former employers
  • Teaching certification (K12) such as PGDE, PGCE or bachelor of education undergraduate degree for school pupils age, elementary 5 to 12 or 11 to 18-year-old high school students.
  • Teacher registration for the Canada province

International applicant work and residence permit to stay and work in Canada you’ll require all documentation authenticated and a possible full medical.


Teacher assessment boards Canada for qualifications & experience

All foreign teachers and people working in education require having their qualifications checked and assessed for the appropriate age of learner.

The following are the assessment boards for Canada, where your employer will be able to help in the process:

World Education Services (WES) – Ontario
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – Alberta
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) – British Columbia
The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)
The Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada

Each province recognizes certain qualifications as a certified teacher for state schools for teachers in Canada.

For teaching in Quebec, you should also be competent in the French language.


Can I immigrate to Canada as a foreign teacher in 2021?

You can immigrate to Canada in 2021 as a secondary school teacher for example even without a teaching job offer. Visa requirement is that you gain a good CRS score for the express entry visa application for school teachers and be awarded at least 67 points threshold by Canadian immigration for a Federal Skilled Worker Visa.


Canada opportunities for teachers

State Schools: Teaching in public schools in Canada from cities, towns, and rural areas from nursery, primary, 5-11 years, to sixth form (K12).

Fee Paying School: As like the UK there are an abundance of private schools from nursery level to pupils of school leaving age.

International Schools: Schools have opened for 5-year old’s to sixth form pupils in cities across Canada.

Education departments advertise jobs for teachers in Canada where they employ experienced people at adviser and management level, as well as teachers in city and rural locations.



Which subject teachers are in demand in Canadian Schools?

Specific high school subject teachers in demand for Canada schools 2021:

  • Special education teachers
  • Science: Physics, chemistry, biology
  • Mathematics
  • Computing
  • French language immersion

Canada is looking for teachers, although in some towns & cities in Canada there is no shortage of school teachers and you will face competition from local teachers for job vacancies.

Some subject teachers will find it more difficult to find and secure a full time teacher position in 2021 as no shortage in subjects such as physical education, history or business exists in some Canadian cities.


Provinces & territories in Canada

Canada’s provinces & territories: The ten provinces making up Canada are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

Three territories in Canada: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.



Canada country facts

Population: 33.1 million approximately

Area size: 9976140 SQ km (3851809 SQ miles) approximately

Currency: Dollar (Can)

Language: English and French

Time: -6 hours GMT + More

International dialing code: 00 + 1

Climate: October to May cold and snow. June to September warm with some rain fall.


Moving around Canada

You can lease a car or buy and drive a car, with the proper local driving licence.

For many countries driving licenses can be exchanged for a Canadian license, although restrictions apply.

Good idea to check this information out before relocating.


Canada health care system

A few employers provide health care, although you should obtain your own cover before moving abroad to Canada.


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