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requirements to work as a teacher in canada

Requirements to work as a teacher in Canada

Finding a job in Canada may be different than in your home country and you may need help finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.

We have prepared a teaching ebook full of valuable information that will make the process of becoming a teacher in Canada as smooth a process as possible.


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The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s reference for occupations. It provides job descriptions, occupational statistics and labour market information. The NOC classifies the following teaching occupations in Canada:

University Professors and Assistants:
University Professors
Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants

College and Other Vocational Instructors:
College and Other Vocational Instructors

Secondary and Elementary School Teachers and Educational Counselors:
Secondary School Teachers
Elementary School and Kindergarten
Teachers Educational Counselors

Credentials recognition

One of the first things you need to do is to find out the requirements to work as a teacher in Canada. Therefore, after you get your immigration visa, get in touch with the regulatory body that governs the teaching profession in the province or territory where you intend to settle in Canada. They will advise you about the required documentation and the fees for assessment. It is highly recommended that you take this step before you arrive in Canada. It’s also important not to rush your application and only do that once you are fully aware of the licensure procedure and the regulatory body’s expectations from you.

Credentials assessment services 

If you are planning to enroll in a college or university program to upgrade your skills, contact the institution in which you plan to study and find out the steps you should take and the credential assessment agency you should use.

World Education Services (WES) – Ontario
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – Alberta
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) – British Columbia

To find more organizations and agencies providing credential evaluation, assessment and qualification recognition services click here. You can also visit the Foreign Credentials Referral Office for information, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help internationally trained professionals like you succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.

Best locations

There are hundreds of schools, colleges, universities and teaching centres across Canada and you may find job opportunities in every city or town. However, finding a job today may be a challenge if you want to work in the provinces of Ontario, B.C. and Nova Scotia, where the supply exceeds the demand. It will be helpful for you to focus on the cities and provinces that are having the most population growth in the country or are welcoming a big number of immigrants. Demand for the expansion of academic institutions in these areas and thus a need for more teachers will be higher.

The figures from the last census in 2011 show that of the 10 fastest-growing census metropolitan areas in Canada, seven are in Alberta, and all the rest are in Western Canada — one each in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Other areas to focus on and where the shortage of teachers will likely be more severe are the historically under-served northern and rural areas of the country. With the boom in skilled trades, there’s also a need for instructors at community colleges, technical institutes and vocational schools.

Also readBest cities to find teaching jobs in Canada

Major employers

You can view a list of provincial school boards associations that represent just over 250 school boards in Canada by visiting the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) website.

You can also visit Canada’s Best Diversity Employers website. This special designation recognizes Canada’s best employers for recent immigrants. These employers offer interesting programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.

The starting rate for teachers averages between about $41,000 and $61,000 depending on the province, to a maximum of about $95,000.

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