One of the biggest impacts of the pandemic on the Canadian job market was early retirements. Many working Canadians in the 55-64 age demographic, especially in health care and education, retired earlier than they’d originally intended. This has created many job opportunities for teachers.

In addition to early retirements, a long-term labour trend has also created greater demand for teachers. In the early 00s, there was an oversupply of students graduating with education degrees, creating a large number of unemployed teachers. Discouraged by a lack of job opportunities, many students avoided education degrees.

However, this trend has led to a deficit of teachers. In Ontario, for instance, teacher unemployment dropped from nearly 40 per cent in 2013 to 14 per cent in 2017, and by 2019, even before the pandemic, that number was in the single digits.

Here’s what you need to know to take advantage of these opportunities.

Where Are the Job Opportunities for Teachers?

If you’re looking to maximize your salary, teachers in Nunavut can earn up to $122,360 in addition to a yearly living allowance of $15,016 to $34,455. Nunavut’s 44 public schools and 9,000 students need elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

Newfoundland and Labrador also offers teachers allowances of $2,825 to $3,558 plus $975 to $1,015 for travel in addition to an average salary of nearly $60,000.

For teachers looking to work somewhere less remote, there is a great demand for elementary and secondary teacher’s assistants in BC. Teacher’s assistants can expect to earn approximately $51,000 in BC.

As for post-secondary education, Alberta and Saskatchewan are looking for university professors and lecturers. These positions have an average salary of $85,000 to $87,000. Applicants will likely require a Ph.D. in order to be considered.

And if you speak French fluently, Quebec needs college and vocational instructors. Here, college and vocational instructors can expect to earn around $66,000.

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