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Last Updated: 5/25/2022 8:02:37 PM EST

District Overview

Our mission is to inspire all students to embrace learning as a way of life and to become responsible citizens of the global community by creating quality learning environments, nurturing positive relationships and honouring individual student needs.

Regional Diversity

Approximately 25 percent of our student population is Aboriginal. These students are supported by the Aboriginal Education Department. The BC Human Rights Tribunal has granted our district a Special Program Exemption that allows us to hire support workers of Aboriginal ancestry.

Our international student program provides opportunities for students from other countries to live and study in Quesnel.

Quesnel School District employs teachers, educational leaders, management, and support staff in the communities of Quesnel and Wells.

Specialty Programs

Our district provides exceptional support to students with diverse needs through our inclusive classrooms and our support services department. Curricular support and mentorship in all areas are readily available for teachers K-12. Our focus areas include equity for Indigenous learners, early literacy, and supporting the redesigned curriculum.

Community Culture

The Quesnel region offers a full range of outdoor activities, from downhill and cross-country skiing to fishing, hunting and canoeing. Quesnel also has a vibrant arts community and a full range of organized sports leagues. Housing is affordable with a good quality starter home beginning at $120,000.

Draw for Employees

Teachers on contracts are offered full tuition reimbursement for coursework taken towards higher categorization. We also provide career advancement opportunities to both teachers and support staff.


Quesnel is a welcoming, vibrant community with so many professional opportunities for educators, new and veteran, to grow and stretch their practice. I feel so fortunate to know I have an incredible amount of support and encouragement from staff and administration for the learning risks I take with my students. The other big personal draw to living in the community of Quesnel is the affordability and accessibility. We love our home and community we have built for ourselves and our son. We love that we are five to ten minutes from kayaking on several lakes, hiking and biking forest trails, running the river walk, and a bit further down the highway, skiing at our awesome local ski hill. (Only in the winter months of course…please note, we do not have snow year round!)” — Sarah Guest, Grade 5/6/7 Teacher at Kersley Elementary

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