Northern British Columbia school districts are among the largest employers in education, and teaching in this region is one of the best kept secrets in the province. For early-career teachers, it’s the perfect place to launch your career, gain valuable experience, and grow under the direction of districts’ mentors. For teachers with families, Northern BC districts offer the affordability and the closeness characteristic of smaller communities. For teachers entering the twilight of their careers, it’s an opportunity to try something new, have an adventure and experience a real Canadian winter in a rural classroom.
What attracts many teachers to Northern BC school districts is the opportunity to spend more one-to-one time with students in a smaller classroom setting. In some districts, there is a 10:1 student to teacher ratio, which is modest compared to classrooms typical in larger metropolitan areas.
Northern BC also offers teachers the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. With a landmass that measures twice the size of the United Kingdom, it provides a spectacular backdrop for outdoor activities and fantastic day trips for exploring. Whether you’re an adrenaline loving-white water rafter, surfer or looking to explore indigenous culture or nature and wildlife, Northern BC is the perfect place for your next adventure.
Housing prices in the North are the most affordable in the province, which means fewer financial sacrifices, and more opportunity to enjoy fun activities like trips to the ancient Great Bear Rainforest, the Haida Gwaii Archipelago, or a getaway to Hawaii during Spring Break.
If you’re interested in teaching up North, you’ll also receive a variety of financial incentives, such as the remote and rural allowance, moving cost reimbursements and tuition reimbursements in some cases. In addition to the lifestyle and financial incentives, there is a wide range of opportunities currently available in the Northern. There are full-time positions for teachers that want their own classrooms, and temporary on-call positions for those not ready to make a long-term commitment to teaching and living in the North.
Learn more about a teaching career in Northern BC by joining Make a Future and four other school districts at the EdTalent Job Fair on November 8th in Toronto.
- Coast Mountains School District 82
- Nechako Lakes School District 49
- Prince Rupert School District 52
- Peace River North School District 60
For more information on job opportunities or what it’s like teaching up north, please contact Devon Frame, firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also connect you to recruiters and HR staff at these districts.