In the last three months, headlines such as the following dominated the media landscape:
- "Teacher shortage ongoing and will be for some time" – CFJC Today Kamloops
- "Still not enough teachers in Maple-Ridge Pitt meadows schools" – Maple Ridge News
- "Still 400 vacant BC teacher positions, over a month into the school year" – CityNews Vancouver
- "New Westminster's school board looks to track teacher-on-call shortage" – The Record (New Westminster)
- "BC schools get record funding, but teacher shortage remains" – CBC.ca
- "As teacher shortage bites, BC school district hires non-certified replacements" – CBC.ca
As of today, 414 job postings exist on Makeafuture.ca. The majority are in teaching positions in school districts across the province. Although several BC districts are reporting improved levels of staffing since last year, there are still a number of opportunities available right now.
As such, 13 BC school districts will be in Toronto on October 26, 2018, recruiting teachers at the EdTalent Fall Job Fair. School districts from the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Okanagan, North and Central BC regions will be recruiting and interviewing teachers for specialized teaching role, replenishing their on-call teaching pools, and hiring for positions that can start as soon as next week.
British Columbia has always been a popular destination for Ontario teachers. With our favourable labour market, beautiful natural landscapes, mild weather, and considerable lifestyle advantage, British Columbia is quickly becoming the preferred destination for all Canadian teachers. The process for Ontario-certified teachers applying for a BC teaching certificate is reasonably straightforward as well. Under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, Canadian-certified teachers can obtain a BC teaching certificate without having to complete additional coursework. In theory, Ontario teachers that interview for a job in Britsh Columbia could start teaching in a matter of weeks or months, depending on how soon a complete application is submitted to BC's Teacher Regulation Branch. Learn more about the process here.
If you're still considering British Columbia as a place to teach, read more about our school districts, diverse communities, and the unique lifestyle advantages our province has to offer.
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Originally published Oct 25, 2018, updated Nov 26 2018.