How to Get a Teaching Job in Canada If You Are a Non-Resident

Migrating to another country is a long and tiring process that requires a lot of documentation and understanding of the policies enacted by each country. Since each country has different policies, this process can get complicated very quickly. 

Getting a teaching job in Canada may be one such hurdle. Like other countries, there are unique policies for migration, citizenship, and jobs for migrants. Make sure that you understand each of these before applying.

Thankfully, skilled workers are typically in high demand, or at least preferred over other workers. So if you have the qualifications, a teaching job in Canada may end up being easier for you to get.

One of the first things you must do is find out the requirements to work as a teacher in Canada. After you learn about that, you will need your immigration visa. You can get in touch with the people who govern the teaching sector where you intend to settle in Canada for more information about how to send or receive documents that the government may require before applying for your visa.

Once you have applied for the job, the organization advises you about all the required documents and the fees for the assessment, and anything else. Hiring foreign workers is a less simple process, and not all companies are willing to go through the process, so along with your resume and cover letter to make sure that it is clear you are applying from an outside country. 

As such, it is recommended that you do all this before you make a move to Canada because the application and approval processes can take a long time and may result in delays.  

It is also important not to rush your application. Take the time to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be. Any error could disqualify you or further delay things. Also, continually update your prospective employer about how things are moving.

Now, you also need to understand that in Canada, provincial and territorial governments get to regulate the education systems and thus have their policies implemented. For instance, the requirements in Ontario are slightly different than at Nova Scotia. However, there are some of the policies that are common everywhere.

Some of those factors that can get you a job in Canada include:

  • Highest level of education completed; it is preferable if it’s higher than a high school diploma
  • Must be fluent in French and English (both spoken in Canada)
  • Work experience should at least be one full year of employment that must fall into one of the following categories: managerial, professional, or technical/skilled.
  • Overall adaptability, which is usually tested through an assessment quiz.
  • Age.
  • Your current state of employment.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Education and a provincial certificate is also a requirement for teaching in Canada. 

Other factors that may help:

  • Familiarity with the culture and the curriculum of Canada.
  • Clear criminal records.
  • References.

These factors may result in disqualification:

  • Violation of human/international rights.
  • A criminal history.
  • Showing bad or contagious health conditions.
  • Lacking financial security or lacking proof of it.
  • Discrepancies on your applications.

These are some of the factors to be mindful of and may affect if you will get the job. We hope you find the job you are looking for!