District Overview

Our mission is “to deliver learning opportunities that ensure the individual success of all students within a safe, caring and supportive environment.” We believe that this is best achieved through shared responsibility of the school, home and community.

Regional Diversity

The Cowichan Valley is a multicultural region with a proud First Nations heritage. Cowichan (Quw’utsun’) means ‘land warmed by the sun’ in the Coast Salish language. We are located on Vancouver Island midway between Nanaimo and Victoria and we have the warmest average temperatures in Canada. Spectacular scenery, lakes, mountains and ocean (as well as great outdoor recreation opportunities) await you.

Community Culture

The Cowichan Valley consists of many small and welcoming rural communities. Harrowsmith Country Life magazine has described our idyllic setting as the best spot for rural living in Canada. Art and music are tightly woven into the cultural fabric of the region, and residents’ pride in their community.

Specialty Programs

Our district offers a variety of program choices, from preschool through to dual credit post-secondary. These include StrongStart centers, early learning programs, Aboriginal language and culture, French Immersion, self-paced secondary school, progressive integration of technology, comprehensive athletics and fine arts opportunities, and a variety of specialized trades programs.

Draw for Employees

Cowichan Valley offers a serene, easy-going lifestyle amid magnificent forests, mountains, lakes, rivers and ocean inlets. Our surroundings, community and dedication to learning and living support individual and team success. Come share our aspirations to create caring, responsible and accomplished learners.

Salary and Benefits

Teachers typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • medical, dental, and extended health plans;
  • group life insurance benefits;
  • teachers’ pension;
  • extended health benefits for dependents of deceased employees;
  • accidental disability insurance;
  • salary indemnity plan benefit;
  • supplemental employment benefits on maternity leave;
  • employee and family assistance programs.


Teachers in positions with special responsibilities, e.g. department heads, teacher consultants, teacher coordinators, counsellors, psychologists, alternate school teachers, speech pathologists, may receive a financial allowance of $2,000-$4,000 annually.

Teachers working in remote and rural schools may also receive a recruitment allowance, and an annual retention allowance. Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool.

For specific details about Cowichan Valley’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

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