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

As of October 25, 2018, the following school districts are in high need of teachers for the following positions.

Coast Mountains School District 82
Contract Teacher Teaching On Call
French Immersion Grade 8 & Other
HSS – Bio 11, Bio 12, Chem 11, Resource, Mosaic 9 & Other
Teacher Teaching On-Call
French Immersion Grade 8 Core

North Vancouver School District 44
Teacher Teaching On Call (TTOC) – Dance
Teacher Teaching On Call- Technological Education
Kindergarten French Immersion Teacher – 0.6 FTE Continuing
Elementary Learning Assistance / Learning Support Teachers – Contract positions available
Secondary Learning Assistance / Learning Support Teachers -Contract positions available for September
Grade 6 Late French Immersion Teacher – 0.4 FTE Continuing
Elementary French Immersion Teacher & District On Call Teacher (contract positions available)
Grade 7 French Immersion Teacher – 0.2 FTE Continuing
International Baccalaureate (IB) Teacher Teaching On Call (TTOC)
Learning Services & Grade 5 Teacher – 1.0 FTE Continuing (LST – 0.6 and Grade 5 – 0.4)
Physical Education (PE) Teacher Teaching On Call – Secondary

Prince George School District 57
Teacher PGSS ELL 0.8571 Limited Duration Position
Teacher Librarian Spruceland Learning Commons, Prep, ELL 1.0 Limited Duration Position
Teacher 2018/19 SSS Visually Impaired 1.0 Continuing Position
Teacher Automotive Technology 1.0 Position
Teacher Nusdeh Yoh K-7 ELL 0.8 Limited Duration Position
Teacher Malaspina Library & ELL 1.0 Limited Duration Position
Teacher ECHES French Imm Gr. 2 1.0 Limited Duration Position
Teacher 2018/19 Heather Park French Immersion Gr. 3/4 & 5/6 Part-Time Limited Duration Positions
Teacher PGSS Alt Ed & Math 10 and Fam Studies 0.2 (Fridays) Limited Duration
Robson Valley – Uncertified TTOCs (Teachers Teaching On Call) for Elem and Sec

Mission School District 75
Learning Specialist Teacher
TTOC on contract
Grade 5/6 French Immersion
Learning Support Teacher
Grade 1

Quesnel School District 28
18-044 Primary/Intermediate Teacher
18-114 Intermediate Teacher
18-112 Intermediate Teacher
18-108 Junior School Teacher
18-099 Primary/Intermediate Teacher
18-065 Temporary Intermediate Teacher – Grade 6/7
18-026 Resource Teacher/Learning Assistant
18-094 Primary Teacher – Kindergarten
18-064 French Immersion LART

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