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Canada Job trends - Secondary School Teacher in 2023-24

By Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Why work in Canada as a Secondary School Teacher?

Here are the best reasons for you to migrate to and work in Canada as a secondary school teacher.

  • There’s a shortage of skilled teachers in Canada at all levels ranging from kindergarten to university. The highest crunch for skilled teachers is felt in Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.
  • The best teaching opportunities are present in Quebec. The average annual salary for secondary school teachers in Quebec is around CAD70,000.
  • If you are interested in a career progression to administrative positions including vice-principal, it’s possible with experience gained in Canada.
  • The pay scale for secondary school teachers is competitive across Canada and among the highest compared to other countries.

About Canada

Canada is well-known for its educational sector which delivers world-class services. The need for qualified and skilled teachers in Canada is high and immigration is a major source for professional educators for the secondary and post-secondary educational scene.

Canada is looking for bringing in skilled immigrants in large numbers. The number of teachers the country expects through skilled immigration programs is quite high. The whole demand for professionals is a key reason behind setting high targets for immigrants in the Canada immigration levels plan 2023-2025. As per the latest Plan, Canada aims to welcome 465,000 skilled newcomers in 2023. The number of newcomers expected in 2024 is 485,000. In 2025, Canada plans to welcome 500,000 new immigrants.

Canada is preferred above the USA for education for various reasons, which draws more students to Canadian educational institutions, which in turn creates more opportunities for well-trained and qualified foreign teachers. 

Here are the aspects in which Canada excels above the USA as an ideal educational destination:

  • Education in the USA is costlier than in Canada making it affordable to study in Canada.
  • Canada has better immigration policies along with affordable education to students which makes it more attractive than the USA, even if the US offers diverse options to study and opportunities for employment.
  • For international students, who form a large part of the student population in secondary schools in Canada, working part-time alongside studies is easier when compared to the USA. This is because there are more options for students to work in Canada.
  • Another advantage of studying in Canada is the easy availability of part-time work options, which is difficult for students studying in the US.

Job trends in Canada, 2023

The following Canadian provinces will have the highest demand for Secondary School teachers in the next three years:

  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Yukon

Other provinces that will have a moderately high demand for secondary school teachers include:

  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
Occupation NOC 2021 (TEER) Code
Secondary School Teacher 41220

Prevailing wages of Secondary School Teachers in Canada

The average annual salary for secondary school teachers in Canada is CAD84,840. Here are the current wages for this job in Canada’s provinces/territories/regions:

Community/Area Annual Median Salary (in CAD)
Alberta 88,320
British Columbia 78,720
Manitoba 80,640
New Brunswick 65,280
Newfoundland and Labrador 84,480
Northwest Territories 96,000
Nova Scotia 78,720
Nunavut 105,600
Ontario 92,160
Prince Edward Island 72,960
Quebec 76,800
Saskatchewan 82,560
Yukon Territory 92,160

Eligibility criteria for Secondary School Teacher

The following requirements have to be met if you want to work in Canada as a secondary school teacher:

  • If you teach academic subjects, you must have a bachelor's degree in education. Before obtaining that it’s often required to obtain a bachelor's degree in the sciences or arts.
  • If you teach technical or vocational subjects, you must obtain a bachelor's degree in education. Before obtaining that degree, you must have had experienced/specialized training in the subject.
  • If you are going to work as an instructor of trades in Quebec you will have to complete an apprenticeship training program as well as a trade/ industry certification.
  • If you are going to be a department head, in usual cases you will require many years of experience in teaching.
  • In order to specialize in English/French as a second language or special education you will need to get additional training.
  • You will need a provincial teaching certificate.
  • You may need to obtain membership in a provincial/territorial association of teachers or federation.

Before you start working as a teacher, you may be required of you to obtain a certification from a regulatory authority. Here’s a list of regulatory authorities in Canadian provinces/territories for secondary school teachers:

Location Regulatory body
Alberta Alberta Education, Teaching Excellence and Certification
New Brunswick Office of Teacher Certification, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Newfoundland and Labrador Registrar, Teacher Certification, Department of Education
Northwest Territories Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Registrar, Teacher Certification, Education and Early Childhood Development
Ontario Ontario College of Teachers
Prince Edward Island Office of the Registrar, Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board
Yukon Teacher Certification, Department of Education

Secondary School Teacher - Number of vacancies in Canada

As of now, the number of jobs in Canada for secondary school teachers as listed on the Canada Job Bank is close to 150. Keep checking the updates of job vacancies on this portal.

How can a Secondary School Teacher immigrate to Canada?

Here are the details of some immigration programs/pathways that skilled and qualified secondary school teachers can use to immigrate to Canada.

FSW program under Express Entry

Qualified and skilled teachers can immigrate to Canada through the FSW program. This immigration program under the Express Entry system is one of the most popular ones for skilled professionals to move to Canada. Under Express Entry, immigration applicants are picked for Canada PR on the basis of their CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score as well as the priority set by the government based on their occupation.

The CRS score assigned to every immigration candidate will be decided on factors including education, age, language proficiency, and work experience, among others. Candidates can also qualify for extra points in case they received a valid job offer from Canada, a PR nomination from a province or work experience/education gained earlier in Canada.

You may not get any extra points for participating in the FSW program as a teacher. However, if you get an ITA (Invitation to Apply) under FSW, you will acquire the flexibility of living in the province/territory of your choice.

PNP (Provincial Nominee Program)

Canadian provinces maintain their own Canada PNP. PNPs enable Canadian provinces to offer nominations to immigration applicants who meet their labor market requirements best.

You can choose the Canadian province to immigrate to and submit an EOI (Expression of Interest) and present yourself to be invited. Once invited, you can apply for a PR nomination, which if granted will fetch you the opportunity to apply for a Canada PR visa via the Express Entry round of invitations or directly to the province.

In many cases, the Canadian provinces use NOC (National Occupation Classification) code/s related to your work experience in the past. It’s possible then that you will have a better opportunity to qualify for permanent residence if your qualifications and experience as teachers meet the requirements of the province.

Here are the PNP streams each Canadian province has for teachers including secondary school teachers:

Province PNP streams for teachers
Alberta Alberta Express Entry Stream
British Columbia Skilled Worker Stream
Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas Stream
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream
New Brunswick ·        New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream ·        New Brunswick Express Entry Stream
Ontario ·        French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream ·        Human Capital Priorities Stream
Saskatchewan ·        Saskatchewan Express Entry Stream ·        Occupation In-demand Stream
Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream
Prince Edward Island ·        PEI Express Entry Stream ·        Skilled Workers Outside Canada Stream

AIP (Atlantic Immigration Program)

The AIP is one of Canada’s federal immigration programs that skilled foreign workers can use to immigrate to Canada. Even international students who studied in Canada can immigrate through this immigration program. Immigration candidates can settle in one of the following Atlantic provinces

  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island

To qualify for the AIP, you must have a minimum paid employment experience of 1,560 hours in the last 5 years (around 30 hours per week for a year). You must also satisfy the language requirements too.

A job offer from an employer in the Atlantic province is required to participate in the AIP. You have to get a license and a provincial teaching certificate from the province so that you can qualify for a teaching job in the province and apply for Canada PR via the AIP.

How to work in Canada as a teacher trained abroad?

Here are the basic requirements to meet prior to starting your career in teaching.

Get an ECA (Educational Credentials Assessment)

If you did your studies abroad, you will require an ECA. This is necessary to review your qualifications including degrees and diplomas so that it's verified that they have validity and are equivalent to Canadian qualifications.

Teachers at the secondary school level need to have a UG or bachelor’s degree in education in the subject they are going to teach in Canada.

Apply for a license and a provincial teaching certificate

In Canada, teaching is a regulated occupation. Hence, you have to be licensed by a province/territory so that you can work as a secondary school teacher.

In many cases, you have to apply for a Certificate of Qualification or a teaching certificate. For this, you have to submit your teaching certificate from your home country, academic transcripts, and a statement of professional standing.

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