Teaching is not only one of the most rewarding occupations but one of the most crucial ones, and Canada values and acknowledges the importance of their roles in today’s society.
With thousands of positions currently available in many of Canada’s provinces and territories and a shortage of educators to fill them, teachers have been added to many of the country’s high demand occupations lists, making it easier for qualified educators to immigrate to Canada and join one of the most renowned education systems in the world.
Mid-level educators can expect to earn up to $59,670 per year whilst highly skilled teachers, lecturers and university professors, with 10 years experience, can earn as much as $82,500 to $102,000 per annum. This makes Canada one of the most sought after countries to relocate to amongst foreign teachers.
Although the opportunities may be both lucrative and plentiful, so are the immigration options. With over 70 different programs to choose from, selecting the right visa option is imperative in order to be successful in your application.
So let's narrow down the best immigration options in 2019 and take a look a how to apply to move abroad as an educator.
Top Provinces to Teach in Canada
Besides the clear employment opportunities available in Canada, knowing where to position yourself before you apply, can help you to select the best immigration program in Canada.
Below, you’ll find the top provinces ranked according to income and demand.
|Top Provinces for Teachers in Canada|
|Provincial Nominee Program||Demand||Highest Income per Year|
|4. Nova Scotia||High||$94,607|
|6. British Columbia||High||$89,810|
|8. New Brunswick||No||$76,710|
What do I Need to Apply as an Educator in Canada?
Each province or territory has its own set of education and qualification requirements however listed below are the main criteria:
- Valid travel document;
- Clear criminal record;
- Teaching qualification;
- Job offer;
- Proficiency in English or French;
- 2 years work experience;
- Provincial or territorial teaching certificate.
Your teaching qualification requirements also depends on your position, for example, teachers of academic subjects or vocational (technical) instructors strictly require a bachelor's degree in education whereas an early childhood educator requires either a bachelor’s degree or diploma in early childhood education and an early childhood assistant would only require a high school diploma and experience in childcare.
It is therefore very important to check the requirements of not only your occupation but your provincial education department.
How Can I Immigrate?
The best way to immigrate to Canada as a teacher is through the Provincial Nominee Program. 11 out of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories have their own PNP, each with its own set of requirements.
Applying for permanent residence through a PNP is particularly beneficial as many of these PNPS also have Express Entry streams, which help to fast track the immigration process. The Express Entry System is a point-based system ranking applicants according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on factors such as their age, work experience and qualifications. The minimum CRS score to qualify for Express Entry is 67 out of a possible 100 however those who do not qualify for the minimum CRS score may be able to receive a provincial nomination if the province selects them from the Express Entry pool. Provinces are allowed to do this if the applicant’s occupation is in demand in the region.
Receiving a provincial nomination gives applicants an additional 600 points to add to their CRS score, which basically guarantees receiving an ITA.
This is why it is essential to express your interest in a particular province as it increases your chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
How We Can Help
The immigration process can be both complex and confusing. But by using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only optimize your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will receive expert immigration advice on which program category or stream is best for your personal needs. Our RCICs are registered with the ICCRC and are legally permitted to assist you by evaluating your eligibility, reviewing all documentation and submitting it to the Canadian government on your behalf. Don't risk your chances of living your Canadian dream. Let us make sure that all forms are completed correctly and sent in on time.