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Teacher Employment Prospects

The BC government estimates that over 1,600 new teachers will be needed each year until 2026.


Of these positions, 60% would be in Kindergarten and elementary schools, while 40% would be in secondary schools. Most of the positions would be replacing existing teachers.

In recent years, the number of graduates from BC teacher education programs has fallen below the estimated new teachers needed.


After 2010–11, the number of graduates from BC teacher education programs fell from over 2,000 a year, to just over 1,500 a year. There are now fewer graduates than the estimated number of new teachers needed in the province every year. This, along with the increase in hiring necessary to restore the stripped provisions around class size, composition, and specialist teaching ratios, as mandated by the Supreme Court of Canada ruling, means employment prospects for new teachers in BC are very good.


1 Labour Market Information, BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, (2017). 2015-2025 Labour Market Outlook Occupations Job Openings for BC and Regions. Victoria: Government of British Columbia.

2 Association of BC Deans of Education, (2017). Number of Graduating Students from BC Teacher Education Programs, 2004 to 2017. Vancouver.

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