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District Overview

We provide many varied opportunities for students to learn and develop their potential. Programs of choice and alternative educational pathways develop learners’ skills, attitudes and abilities. Our core values – respect, integrity and compassion – are reflected in our schools’ activities.

“We are committed to ensuring that learners become self-assured, self-sufficient, caring, wise, flexible and able to live successfully in an ever-changing environment.”

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Specialty Programs

Our district offers exceptional opportunities for professional development. Teachers can join district research teams for SmartReading and math, which continue to refine learning practices. Practical classroom research develops effective teaching and learning strategies. In elementary, programs of choice include early and late French immersion and Montessori. At the senior school, we offer French immersion, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs.

Regional Diversity

Historically, New Westminster was the capital of BC and the crossroads of the Lower Mainland. It is still a hub, with a rich multicultural mix of students and a strong Aboriginal presence. Many New Westminster families have grandparents, parents and children who have all attended the same elementary school. Students learn together at the district’s only secondary school, New Westminster Secondary School.

Draw for Employees

We support teachers and staff to be the best that they can. A personal touch develops connections among staff throughout the district. Professional development in SmartReading and the opportunity to bring all children to high levels of achievement make ours an exciting district in which to work.

The Board of Education for School District 40 (New Westminster) and the New Westminster Teachers’ Union are committed to improving the educational experience and achievement results of Indigenous students in the district and to pursuing strategies to increase the number of Teachers of Indigenous ancestry employed by the District.

We have secured approval from the BC Human Rights Tribunal under section 42 for a “special program” that would serve to attract and retain Indigenous employees.

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Community Culture

New Westminster has the feel of a large family. In this medium-sized district, staff, parents and students come to know and understand one another. It is a caring district, offering exceptional services for students with special and alternative needs and a wide variety of programming for all students.

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 New Westminster’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to the School District No. 40 collective agreement on the BCPSEA website.