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District Overview

Pacific Rim School District 70 strives to ‘Improve Learning for All”, which includes the ongoing growth and development of students, employees and communities.

School District 70 operates in the picturesque communities of Port Alberni, Bamfield, Ucluelet, and Tofino.  The District hires year-round for teaching, exempt, and support staff in its board office and twelve schools.

Pacific Rim currently enrolls approximately 4,000 students and adult learners from Kindergarten through Grade 12.  The district also offers programs in Early and Late French Immersion.

Pacific Rim students

Specialty Programs

Our school district is committed to the success of all learners. Over 30 percent of our students are of Aboriginal ancestry, and we actively develop learning resources to support these students, including developing curriculum using Nuuchahnulth themes, hosting annual festivals and more. School district 70 also offers French Immersion, programs for adult learners, sports academies, support for students with unique learning needs and a distributed learning environment.

Pacific Rim Community

Community Culture

Regionally, the traditional emphasis has been on natural resource-based industries such as fishing and forestry, but is now giving way to an increasing focus on tourism and eco-tourism.  Recreational activities are woven into the fabric of each community and capitalize on the region’s unique and diverse natural features.

Regional Diversity

Land and sea meet on Vancouver Island’s west coast, a region renowned worldwide for its marine life, lush rainforests and scenic mountain vistas. The area has been inhabited by the Nuuchahnulth people for thousands of years and is a place of rugged natural beauty and incredible opportunities for outdoor recreation, including whale watching, surfing, beach walking, hiking, fishing, kayaking and mountain biking.

Draw for Employees

Educators are supported through a wide range of professional development activities that foster continuous professional growth.  The district further promotes and encourages teacher collaboration as a means to support teachers and to improve learning opportunities for 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.  Only employees working in the communities of Bamfield, Tofino, and Ucluelet are eligible for the remote and rural allowance.  Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool.

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