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Identifying the best cities to find teaching jobs in Canada, requires knowledge of the national and local labour market. Therefore, you need to know how to conduct this research and what kind of information you require.


In addition to conducting research, you also need to know what other factors determine the demand for teachers. For instance, is the city experiencing population growth that would increase the demand for teachers? As well, the number of available teaching jobs is dependent on other factors such as:

  • classroom size
  • and, student enrollment.

And, while teaching jobs are available across Canada, the outlook for teaching jobs varies by region, for example, in Ontario, teaching jobs are limited. So, it’s important to do your research. When you explore best cities for teaching jobs, it’s best to start looking at the job outlook for the province or territory that you are thinking about living in.

You may find the outlook for teaching jobs is fair at the provincial level. However, you may find regions within the province where the outlook is good. So, you can explore the best cities to find teaching jobs within those regions.

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Based on the government of Canada research, the provincial job outlook is rated as:


  • Limited ☆☆
  • Fair ☆☆
  • Good☆☆☆

Therefore, when you conduct research, you want to: 

  • identify what provinces have a fair or good outlook for teaching jobs
  • Identify what regions within the province have a good outlook

In addition, teaching jobs can often be found in smaller cities that are located outside of large cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal. 

How to research the best cities for teaching jobs

To find out what the teaching labour market is like across Canada, you can start by looking at the provincial labour market for your teaching level. A useful resource is the Government of Canada’s Labour Market Information (LMI) site.

The LMI  provides regional labour market conditions by occupation. You can research labour market information for various teaching roles using either the title or the National Occupation Classification (NOC provides job descriptions and occupational statistics), for example:  

  • Secondary school teacher (NOC 21220)
  • Elementary school teacher and kindergarten teacher (NOC 41221)


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Employment potential by province, region and city

Using the LMI, you can then explore the teaching employment potential by region within the province. As an example, the labour market potential for secondary school teachers in British Columbia for 2018 – 2020 is fair.

While the outlook for the province is rated as fair, there are three regions within BC where the outlook potential is rated as good.

So, you may want to explore teaching jobs that are available in cities within this region such as:     

Factors that influence the outlook for teaching jobs

There are a number of factors that contribute to the number of teaching jobs available in Canadian cities. This can include:  

  • The projected employment growth based on population growth, student enrollment, and classroom size
  • The number of teaching positions that will become available due to teachers retiring from the workforce
  • The unemployment rate for teachers with recent experience in the city.

How to become a teacher in Canada

With a rapidly ageing population in Canada, job vacancies will likely increase as teachers plan to retire over the next five years. Teaching jobs will always be in demand. So, if you’re passionate about teaching, you’ll likely be able to secure a job. Also, if you’re willing to move to where an opportunity exists, you may find it easier to land a teaching job. As mentioned before, you may find greater job opportunities outside of large cities.

Provincial Outlook for Secondary School Teachers

The following provinces have identified a good employment outlook for secondary school teachers: 

British Columbia  Ι   Quebec  Ι   Yukon

The following provinces have identified a fair employment outlook for secondary school teachers: 

Alberta  Ι   Manitoba  Ι   New Brunswick  Ι   Newfoundland & Labrador  Ι   Nova Scotia  Ι   Prince Edward Island  Ι   Saskatchewan  Ι   Nunavut  Ι   Northwest Territories

The outlook for teaching jobs in Ontario is limited.

The employment outlook will be good for Secondary school teachers (NOC 4031) in British Columbia for the 2018-2020 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this


Key takeaways for the best cities to find teaching jobs in Canada

  1. It’s important to know what factors contribute to the demand for teachers such as population growth; classroom size; and student enrollment.

2. A good starting point is to research what the labour market outlook is for the province or territory where you intend to settle.

3. You can find important labour market information through the Government of Canada.

4. When you source provinces where the outlook for teaching jobs is fair – good, you can conduct further research. Within the provinces, you can identify the regions and best cities to find teaching jobs in Canada. You can even check out our Rentals for Newcomers site to get information about rental prices across Canada and make it easier to find housing.

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