Teach English in Canada

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Kirsten Colquhoun
July 18, 2023

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Introduction
Teaching opportunities
Teaching requirements
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How to begin teaching in Canada

Canada is a country that offers everything: big cities, the great outdoors, international culture. There are not many countries which can boast such a vast, untouched landscape – Canada is the second-largest country in the world and a lot of it is undeveloped.

Though there are so many places to visit in Canada, there are a few that stand out. Halifax is known for its historic beauty with beautiful architecture. Prince Edward Island is a quaint little town made famous by Anne of Green Gables. Toronto is Canada’s biggest city and is a good cosmopolitan city for tourists to enjoy. Vancouver is a vibrant, modern city where you can spend the day on the beach or on the ski slopes. Finally, Montreal in the east is uniquely francophone and known for its maple syrup.

For the outdoorsy types, there are opportunities for whale and bear watching in the nature reserves. A visit to Niagara Falls is a must for everyone, but especially honeymooners! Culturally speaking, there are many different music, theatre, literature and film festivals throughout the year.

Canadians are warm, friendly and generous and testament to this is the number of foreigners living in their cities. So, if you’re looking for a safe, clean country to live in that offers outdoor as well as cultural activities, consider teaching in Canada.

Teaching opportunities

English and French are the two official languages in Canada, but only about a quarter of the population are fully bilingual. Subsequently there are many language schools around the country offering both English and French lessons to Canadians and immigrants, but teaching opportunities are better in Vancouver and Montreal. As is the case with all language schools, teachers are paid an hourly wage and hours may vary. As with the US, getting a work visa is not easy and there is competition for positions from Canadian teachers.

Teaching requirements in Canada

A degree is required to work in Canada, and the typical contract length is 3 to 12 months, with peak hiring seasons year-round, particularly in March and April.

A work permit is required for foreign workers, and the average monthly cost of living is between CAD 1,600 – CAD 2,300. The average monthly salary for professionals in Canada is between CAD 1,800 – CAD 3,000.

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Contents

How to begin teaching in Canada

Canada is a country that offers everything: big cities, the great outdoors, international culture. There are not many countries which can boast such a vast, untouched landscape – Canada is the second-largest country in the world and a lot of it is undeveloped.

Though there are so many places to visit in Canada, there are a few that stand out. Halifax is known for its historic beauty with beautiful architecture. Prince Edward Island is a quaint little town made famous by Anne of Green Gables. Toronto is Canada’s biggest city and is a good cosmopolitan city for tourists to enjoy. Vancouver is a vibrant, modern city where you can spend the day on the beach or on the ski slopes. Finally, Montreal in the east is uniquely francophone and known for its maple syrup.

For the outdoorsy types, there are opportunities for whale and bear watching in the nature reserves. A visit to Niagara Falls is a must for everyone, but especially honeymooners! Culturally speaking, there are many different music, theatre, literature and film festivals throughout the year.

Canadians are warm, friendly and generous and testament to this is the number of foreigners living in their cities. So, if you’re looking for a safe, clean country to live in that offers outdoor as well as cultural activities, consider teaching in Canada.

Teaching opportunities

English and French are the two official languages in Canada, but only about a quarter of the population are fully bilingual. Subsequently there are many language schools around the country offering both English and French lessons to Canadians and immigrants, but teaching opportunities are better in Vancouver and Montreal. As is the case with all language schools, teachers are paid an hourly wage and hours may vary. As with the US, getting a work visa is not easy and there is competition for positions from Canadian teachers.

Teaching requirements in Canada

A degree is required to work in Canada, and the typical contract length is 3 to 12 months, with peak hiring seasons year-round, particularly in March and April.

A work permit is required for foreign workers, and the average monthly cost of living is between CAD 1,600 – CAD 2,300. The average monthly salary for professionals in Canada is between CAD 1,800 – CAD 3,000.

Start your TEFL journey with The TEFL Academy

Would you like to teach English as a foreign language around the world? Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board.

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