How To Relocate and Work In Canada As A Teacher

Are teachers in demand in Canada? This is the right question anyone who desires to move to Canada as a teacher should ask. The demand for this occupation will determine the number of immigrants that are going to be accepted, and how fast they can move to Canada.

It is no more new to our ears that Canada has stood out as one of the top countries in the world with high demand of skilled and unskilled laborers. In particular, there is high demand of school teachers in the country and with the requirements you as a teacher could possibly see yourself in Canada in no time.

Below are steps that will guide you making the right move to Canada as a teacher…

Finding The Right NOC Code

Firstly, it is very much important to know the right NOC code for your appropriate skill set, it will help you make the right decision at the right time. One of the most common and effective ways to relocate to Canada as a teacher is under the Skilled Worker Program, which is a Federal program managed by Express Entry.
To qualify under the Express Entry program, you must obtain the required Comprehensive Ranking System scores based on
Age, qualification, Language proficiency and work experience.

The NOC code for secondary teacher is 4031 and the following occupations falls under it.

  • ELS teacher
  • biology teacher
  • Supply teacher
  • Librarian
  • Teaching assistant
  • Remedial aid
  • Teaching aid
  • Educational resource assistant among others.

Chose Your Desired Province

Secondly, you can’t start applying for a job outside your country without putting in consideration, the province you intend settling in. Canadian provinces and territories have different regulations for employing teachers, and with the required qualification and skill you could get Provincial Nomination Sponsorship.

A Provincial Nomination gives your Express Entry profile a big boost by additional 600 points.


To be eligible to wok as a teacher in Canada you must meet-up with the following criteria,

  • A bachelor’s degree in Education
  • Recent teaching experience
  • Language proficiency
  • Fitness to teach
  • No criminal records
  • You must be familiar with Canadian educational system curriculum

Secondary teachers are required to complete a major in one teachable subject and a minor in another teachable subject which includes: languages, Sciences, Business and Social studies.

The Immigration Process

Employment Offer: Having a job offer is a speedy way of moving to Canada, with 20 to 200 points awarded for valid job offers under the Express Entry program. If you don’t have a job offer yet, you can use Canada’s job bank or other relevant job sites to look for available jobs that suit your qualification, and With determined efforts, you can get lucky.

Once you have a job offer, you will have to be patient for the Express Entry draw, once selected you will receive an ITA. (invitation To Apply) Once you have received the ITA, you have 90 days to apply for a PR Visa with the IRCC.

Note: Certain applications may be denied due to the following reasons.

  • If you have been found guilty of violating international or human rights
  • You have a criminal record
  • DUI convictions
  • Criminal ties
  • If you are a carrier of a contagious disease
  • Misrepresentation in your application
  • You are not complying with the Canada Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)
  • Inadmissibility or you are relations to someone who is termed inadmissible into Canada
  • Insufficient funds

How much can a teacher earn in a year in Canada?

When it comes to salaries paid to teachers in Canada, one thing is certain, you can only earn more than what is expected from other countries.

So, given the sheer geographical size of Canada as a country and the political power that each province holds, it is somewhat misleading to try and pick an average salary for teaching jobs across Canada. That said, recent research indicates that of major Canadian cities, Winnipeg is the city with the highest teacher’s salary at approximately $102,000 per year (usually for teaching jobs with around ten years experience), while Montreal is the lowest with qualified candidates with around 10 years experience receiving $82,500 per year to teach in this part of Canada.

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