District Overview

Education is the shared responsibility of the home, school and community. In a caring, cooperative and safe environment, every student will prepare for lifelong learning and living in a diverse society.

Regional Diversity

Experience the ideal west coast lifestyle! Our district is located on the east coast of central Vancouver Island and encompasses the charming beachfront cities of Qualicum Beach and Parksville. Sheltered by Mount Arrowsmith, this area enjoys the mildest year-round climate in Canada, offers a spectacular natural environment and is home to a wonderful blend of young families and active seniors.

Specialty Programs

Schools have strong arts and athletics programs, and the district provides choice and alternatives, including French immersion, career education, distributed learning, an alternate program and the early reading program. The International Student Program welcomes students from many countries to our community. The district also collaborates with government and community agencies in such exemplary programs as the Building Learning Together community literacy project.

Community Culture

Sandy beaches, forests, farmland and mountains are all within easy reach. The area offers many outdoor pursuits such as fishing, golfing, boating, gardening and hiking. There is an active and vibrant local arts community — craftspeople and fine artists, writers’ groups and musicians — whose talents are showcased in local galleries, theatres and performance venues.

Draw for Employees

We offer a respectful working environment, innovative programs and a culture of collaboration. Our community is a safe and caring place in which to raise a family. Community members and volunteers work hard to ensure there are varied opportunities for residents to enjoy the outdoors, sports and the arts.

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.

Allowances

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 Qualicum’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

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Preparing today's learners for tomorrow's world