District Overview

The core business of SD No. 59 is ensuring a Quality Education for each Learner with the core value of Continuous Learning for All.

The Peace River South School District (SD No. 59) is a progressive, forward thinking district located in the Northeast region of British Columbia near the Alberta border.  The district offices are centered in Dawson Creek and also include the communities of Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge. SD No. 59 offers K-12 programs at 20 schools with an enrolment of approximately 3,600 students.

We have a strong belief in developing teachers, meeting students where they are, and providing a rich meaningful experience for all learners.

Regional Diversity

Our district, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, was first settled by Aboriginal people who saw potential in the area. Today, students with indigenous ancestry represent approximately 30% of our population. Rich culture and diversity are seen in each of our schools. Included within School District No. 59 are two Hutterite colonies which add richness to our cultural base.

Specialty Programs

School District No. 59 is recognized for its work in elementary literacy and aboriginal education. Our work in collaboration with Dr. Janet Mort and Margo Southall have helped out our students achieve positive successes in literacy development. Career Education and positive community relationships flourish across the district. In additional to school based instruction and learning facilities, we have an Outdoor Education facility – which includes a world class climbing wall – that is truly the envy of the North.

Community Culture

Each community offers many possibilities to explore diverse interests. You may discover dinosaur fossils in Tumbler Ridge or learn chainsaw carving in Chetwynd. A vibrant performing arts scene exists within Dawson Creek and particularly within Dawson Creek Secondary School. The South Peace Arts Society is home to choral singing, songwriting, painting, genealogy, poetry clubs and much, much more.

Draw for Employees

Recreational opportunities are abundant!  From the activities housed at community multiplexes and the many sports clubs to the incredible wilderness landscapes, streams and lakes, there is something for everyone. Activities abound, with opportunities to downhill ski in the Rocky Mountains, watch world class sporting events like the 2019 World Junior A Hockey Challenge and to running in the annual Emperor’s Challenge. Photography, quilting, dancing, potting and Cross-fit are only a few of the many activities people in the Peace engage in. There is something for everyone living in the Peace.

Learn more about SD No. 59 from these employee testimonials (PDF – 522 kb).

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.


Northern Travel Allowance:  A Great Benefit at Tax Time!

All SD No. 59 employees are eligible for the Northern Travel allowance which allows employees to claim up to a total of $4,000 for two out of region trips.

“An amount of up to $4,000.00 of the salary paid to the employee shall be designated as a Northern Allowance Travel benefit. This allowance shall be in effect within the guidelines of Revenue Canada as they exist and are changed by Revenue Canada from year to year and shall end when the Revenue Canada program ends. Regular part-time employees’ allowance will be prorated proportionately to the hours worked.”

Remote and Rural Allowance

Teachers working in SD No. 59 schools are eligible to receive a remote and rural allowance, which is both an adjustment to the salary grid and an annual allowance of approximately $2,519 per FTE. Teachers teaching on call (TTOCs) are not eligible to receive this allowance.

Teachers in positions with special responsibilities, e.g. department heads, teacher consultants, teacher coordinators, counsellors, psychologists, speech pathologists, may receive a financial allowance of $2,000-$4,000 annually. Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool.

For specific details about Peace River South’s compensation and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

District Map

Whatever it Takes… One Student at a Time