Teach English Abroad in Canada

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Teaching Abroad in Canada


19 Teach Abroad Programs in Canada


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If you're looking for the perfect teaching abroad opportunity, then consider earning your TEFL certification with this in-classroom 20 hour course in Canada, and get yourself overseas quicker than you thought possible! If you want an entry level TEFL certificate that will introduce you to all the essential TEFL knowledge and give you the skills to run your first English class, this is the cours...


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When you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat. Just get on it fast... If you're longing to live abroad and get paid to travel, take the next best step and learn to teach English! Our internationally recognized, accredited 120 hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course will prepare you to teach English to anyone, anywhere. In fact, you could be on your way...


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UNI-Prep Institute's online TESOL certificate course is accredited and internationally recognized to qualify trainees to work as an English/ESL/EFL teacher anywhere in the world. The 120-hour course offers videos, tutor support, free shipping, and many other benefits. The institute also provides job support and exclusive placement opportunities in different cities and countries around the world...


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Earn your certificate with Teaching House CELTA. A member of Languages Canada and a certified Cambridge ESOL teaching training centre, the school has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1999. Situated in a charming Victorian building in the downtown area, the establishment comes with unique features like impressive woodwork and stained-glass windows. The school features 17 cla...


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Our highly trained, dynamic instructors focus on providing you with the practical classroom skills you need to become an effective ESL teacher. We cover a wide range of ESL teaching strategies. During the 60-hour in-class course, you will be exposed to a variety of concepts which include: interactive language teaching; principles of second language acquisition; multiple intelligence theory; cla...


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Become a home stay tutor and teach French or English as a Foreign Language with Eurolingua Institute in Canada. Based in Montreal and Quebec, the program requires 10 to 20 working hours per week with students from 16 to 75 years old. Aspiring tutors must be qualified teachers and hold a university degree or teaching diploma. The program is limited to Canadian individuals only.

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Teaching Abroad in Canada

Whether you’re headed to Vancouver, Quebec City, or somewhere in between, Canada offers a vast amount of opportunities to teach English abroad. Jobs teaching English in Canada are prevalent, whether as a teaching assistant, working at a language school, or as a private tutor. There are also opportunities to teach French, Canada’s second official language, as well as other academic subjects. Regardless of where or what you teach in Canada, the nation promises to offer diverse cultural experiences and seemingly endless natural landscapes to admire.


Vancouver. Mountains and beaches border this eclectic city that is known for world-renowned restaurants, an up-and-coming art scene, and charming neighborhoods. Opportunities to teach English in Vancouver are plentiful as the city is one of the most linguistically diverse in Canada, with over half of its residents having a first language other than English. Among the top cities in the world for quality of life, Vancouver provides a rich teaching experience - both professionally and culturally.

Montreal. Steeped in a history of European influence, Montreal has both impressive, historical architecture and an abundance of contemporary art. With over 250 theatre and dance companies, more than 90 annual festivals, and artists and musicians galore, Montreal is a booming artistic center. French is the city’s official language, with about 56 percent of inhabitants speaking both French and English at home, making Montreal a great place to teach either language, in addition to other subjects.

Toronto. Arguably the most culturally diverse city in Canada, or perhaps the world, almost half of Toronto’s residents were born outside of Canada, and there are around 140 languages spoken. Not only does this provide a plethora of opportunities for teaching language or other subjects, but it allows visitors to experience a true melting pot of cultures. An established hub for film production, ballet, and theatre, Toronto competes with Montreal when it comes to artistic variety and talent. 

Teaching in Canada

Teachers heading to Canada can find opportunities to teach English or French, or they can become accredited by the British Columbia Ministry of Education to teach a variety of subjects at Canada’s multitude of international schools.

Those looking to teach English in Canada can apply to be a teaching assistant, work at a language school, or even teach as a private tutor. Most language schools and teaching assistant positions require a Canadian TEFL Certification. It also helps to have prior experience in English teaching abroad, as the higher paid teaching jobs can be quite competitive.

Salaries & Costs

Accredited teachers can expect the annual starting rate for teaching jobs in Canada to average between about $41,000 and $61,000, depending on the province, to a maximum of about $95,000. Language assistants can expect to make around $18,500 annually, while tutoring salaries vary widely or may not be included if room and board is provided in a homestay.

The cost of living in Canada is similar to the United States; however, can vary by city. A McDonald’s combo meal is around $7, where a dozen eggs is just under $3 on average. Healthcare for non-Canadian citizens can be incredibly expensive so traveler’s insurance is highly recommended. 

Accommodation & Visas

If you’re teaching English in Canada through the assistance of a program provider, accommodations and visa assistance may be included; however, it’s important to check. Otherwise expect to secure your own housing while teaching in Canada.

Visa options and requirements vary based on the type of teaching job you obtain in Canada. You can obtain a Temporary Work Visa or apply for a long term visa with Arranged Employment in order to teach in Canada.

Benefits & Challenges

For those looking to teach English in Canada, there are many opportunities to get your TEFL certification in Canada prior to teaching, which is a great way to get a taste of the culture while getting a head start on your job search.

Accredited teachers should research employment options and locations for more or less competitive teaching jobs in Canada.

Teaching in Canada is sure to be an enriching experience, between the cultural smorgasbord that many cities offer and the friendly and accepting nature of Canadian people. Whether you’re spending weekends skiing, catching a show at the theatre, or exploring the many bars and pubs in the major cities, Canada is sure to provide an unforgettable backdrop for your teach abroad adventure.

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