A Canadian Teacher’s Guide to Teaching in BC

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Why move to BC?

The hiring spree in BC schools is not the only reason why Canadian teachers choose British Columbia as the place to start and grow their careers. Aside from the 204 full-time teaching opportunities, and even more part-time and on-call roles, teachers come to British Columbia because of location and lifestyle.

According to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey, Vancouver is the fifth most livable city in the world. The Conference Board of Canada’s City Health Monitor Report also reports that “Vancouver distinguishes itself from the other cities by ranking 1st in the population health and the healthy lifestyle categories.”

Because BC’s climate is warmer than other provinces, residents can enjoy the outdoors year-round. The average annual temperature in our coldest region is -13 degrees Celsius. BC’s warmest region averages temperatures between -1 degrees Celsius to 28. Aside from spending time outside, British Columbians benefit from our rich cultural diversity. And if you’re a foodie, there are endless options for authentic ethnic dining.

If a warmer climate, beautiful landscapes, year-round outdoor recreation, delicious food, and excellent job prospects interests you, check out our guide to moving to BC.

A Guide To Moving To BC

Decide where to live and work

There are seven regions in British Columbia and 60 public school districts to choose from. The Regions & School Districts section highlights individual BC school districts and their communities. As you consider a move to BC, take the time to learn more about the communities, lifestyle advantages, and recreational opportunities unique to each region. Although the salaries among school districts are quite similar, you might want to take note that rural and remote school districts can offer additional recruitment incentives, such as a remote recruitment and retention allowance, moving allowance and  relocation allowance, that other urban districts can’t.

Explore the big ideas in BC’s new curriculum

Learn more about BC’s new curriculum and how it prepares our students for the 21st century. Visit the BC Ministry of Education’s website.

Apply to for a BC teaching certificate

If you’re a teacher certified in another province, apply to the BC Ministry of Education’s Teacher Regulation Branch to obtain your certificate of qualification. Learn How to Apply for a BC Teaching Certificate.

Move to BC

If you’re looking for information about moving, finding a place to live and connecting with services that can help you settle in BC, check out our Moving to BC web page.

Find a job for your partner/spouse

Our job board features career opportunities in teaching and non-teaching position categories. If you have a partner or spouse, there may be opportunities for them under the “Management/Professional” or “Support Staff” position categories.

Consider these job openings

Updated January 9, 2019.

The following school districts are in high need of teachers for the following positions.

Abbotsford School District #34
Grade 1 French Immersion (FIM)
Grade 2/3 French Immersion
Grade 6 & 7 Late French Immersion
Grade 5

Cariboo-Chilcotin School District #27
Grades 4-7 & Senior Electives
Elementary Band – South
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader T-2018-105

New Westminster School District #40
Learning Support Teacher – Resource
Learning Support Teacher – Resource
Learning Support Teacher – Resource
Learning Support Teacher – Resource
Learning Support Teacher – ELL
District Resource Teacher

Prince George School Districdt #57
Teacher Sem 2 DPSS PE, AWMa11, CLE10, FS12 1.0 Limited Duration Position
Teacher Sem 2 KRSS PE8, SC8, Sc for Cit 8, Ent & Mark 10 1.0 Limited Duration
Teacher Automotive Technology 1.0 Position
Teacher Edgewood Gr. 3/4 1.0 Limited Duration (6 weeks)
Teacher Blackburn Gr. 5/6 1.0 Limited Duration Position
Teacher Vanway Gr. 6/7 1.0 Limited Duration Position
Teacher Morfee Support K-6 1.0 Limited Duration
Teacher MSS TTOC 1.0 Limited Duration
Teacher ECHES French Imm Gr. 2 1.0 Limited Duration Position
Teacher MSS Alt Ed/Library 1.0 Limited Duration Position
Teacher 2018/19 SSS Visually Impaired 1.0 Continuing Position

Quesnel School District #28
18-126 Teacher – Teaching On-Call
18-127 Teacher – Teaching On-Call
18-044 Primary/Intermediate Teacher
18-123 Secondary Teacher On-Call
18-040 Intermediate Teacher
18-124 Teacher – Teaching On-Call
18-125 Teacher – Teaching On-Call

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