Resources - Canada


Basic salary scales and fringe benefits are established through negotiations between the teachers' association and representatives of the government. In some cases, supplementary negotiations take place at the school board level concerning additional fringe benefits and conditions of work.

Other Benefits:

  • compassionate leave
  • supplementary medical insurance
  • cumulative sick leave
  • longterm disability insurance
  • maternity leave
  • retirement gratuities
  • sabbatical and study leave
  • life insurance
  • dental insurance

General Social Security

As citizens of Canada, teachers are required to participate in the social security programs of the federal government. These include Unemployment Insurance and the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan. The Unemployment Insurance plan provides benefits to persons who are unemployed through maternity or illness, as well as through general unavailability of suitable work. The Canada/Quebec Pension Plan provides a basic minimum retirement allowance and, in addition, some disability and survivors' benefits.


Here you will find links to information and resources we have researched and made available for your use.  We are always looking for more resources to add, so if you have an idea or would like to see something in particular, please e-mail us and let us know.  All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

International (Non-Canadian)

This section will help you to determine your options for obtaining a work permit. Generally speaking, if you have a specialized skill that is in short supply, you’ll have an easier time with the application process. There are many different ways to get a work permit and the goal is to find the most efficient and most appropriate option for you.

The main factors used to determine the options are citizenship, experience, education and the position being filled. The work permit types relevant to positions that are common to the education sector include:

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

Labour Market Opinion (LMO)

The Skilled Worker program is one method of of obtaining permanent residency in Canada, this program uses a points-based system where applicants receive points for a variety of areas including education, work experience, language skills in English/French, arranged employment and more. Please see the Citizen and Immigration Canada website for more details including a self-assessment. Employer involvement is not required to apply as a Skilled Worker.

If you are already an employee working with a work permit, you may request a letter from the Employer confirming employment to accompany the application. 

 These not-for-profit agencies offer programs to help immigrants.




Teacher Development and Certification

Alberta Education

10044-108 Street NW

Edmonton, Alberta,


T5J 5E6

Click here for information on Alberta teaching certification requirements or to apply on-line.

Teacher Qualification Service

The Alberta Teachers'


Barnett House

11010 - 142 Street NW

Edmonton, Alberta

T5N 2R1

For more information visit their web site 


Provincial Examinations, Student

and Teacher Services

Saskatchewan Education

1500 - 4th Avenue

Regina, Saskatchewan

S4P 3V7

Secretary, Teacher Classification Board Teacher Services

Saskatchewan Education

1500 – 4th Avenue

Regina, SK

S4P 3V7.

Professional Certification Unit and Student Records

402 Main Street

PO Box 700

Russell, MB

R0J 1W0

For more information visit Manitoba Education & Training.

Ontario College of Teachers

101 Bloor Street West

Toronto Ontario

M5S 0A1

Phone: (416) 961-8800

Toll-free: (888) 534-2222 (Ontario only)

Fax: (416) 961-8822



Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Le ministre de l'Éducation

Monsieur François Legault

Certfication in Montreal:

Ministêre de l'éducation

600, rue Fullum

10e étage

Montréal (Québec)

H2K 4L1

Téléphone : (514) 873-4630

Certification in Quebec City

Ministère de l'Éducation

1035, rue De La Chevrotière

28e étage

Québec (Québec)

G1R 5A5

Téléphone : (418) 643-2948

Teacher Certification

Department of Education

P.O. Box 578

Halifax, Nova Scotia

B3J 2S9

Department of Education and Human Resources

P.O. Box 2000

Charlottetown, P.E.I.

C1A 7N8

Tel: (902) 368-4600

Fax: (902) 368-4663

Teacher Certification Unit - (902) 368-4650

For more information visit the Ministry of Education's. 

Registrar, Teacher Certification and Records Section

Division of School Services

Department of Education

Confederation Building, West

Block, P.O. Box 8700

St. John's, NF

A1B 4J6

Telephone: (709) 729-3023

Facsimile: (709) 729-2096 

Registrar, Teacher Certification Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the NWT

P.O. Box 1320

Yellowknife, NT

X1A 2L9

Tel: (867) 873-7392

Fax: (867) 873-0338


Nunavut Educators' Certification Service Early Childhood and School Services Division

Department of Education Government of Nunavut

Arviat, NU

X0C 0E0

Tel: (867) 857-3081

Fax: (867) 873-0338


1. Determine Resume Focus

What types of jobs are you applying for or interested in securing?

Assess your skills, accomplishments and capabilities that relate to your focus.

Brainstorm your career objectives and what you are expecting in complying your resume.

2. List Out Experience

Teaching placements, full and part time employment, volunteer, student teaching, internships, skills, honors, awards.

List all your accomplishments and experiences on a piece of paper and determine their importance to the opportunity you are interested in.

3. Decide On Format

Chronological: Most applicable for recent graduates. Lists positions in reverse chronological order. Job responsibilities and skills are listed under each position held. Calls attention to growth and progression into positions of increased responsibility. Lists dates of employment at the top of each job description. Presents job duties and experience under headings by job title and company. Easy for employer to determine what work was performed at each company.

Functional: Most applicable for candidates who are out of work, history of being unemployed, job hoppers, career changers, or had a reduction in responsibility. Headings consist of functions or skills, then responsibilities and accomplishments are described under each applicable heading. Employment dates are given at the end of the resume, after employers had a chance to read about skills and successes. Shortcomings in job history have less of an emphasis.

Combination: This type of resume combines aspects of both the chronological and functional resume formats. This format will highlight your relevant skills and accomplishments while, at the same time, providing your background information, including employment history, in a chronological framework. 

4. Plan Your Layout

Look at a variety of other resumes to determine a layout you like. Make it easy to read. Use margins, white space, lines, bold or italics for emphasis without overusing. Remember: appearance counts! 

5. Use Action Verbs and Statements

See Words & Phrases 

6. Select Key Words and Phrase

Communicate your knowledge of the field - use terminology and language that fits you discipline. 

7. Prepare Your First Draft

Develop a template and fill in the blanks

Check out the templates in your word processor, online or from print resources. 

8. Edit and Proofread

Ask professionals in your field and/or career counselors to help you fine-tune your resume. 

Skill and Ability Words


































Accomplishment Words and Phrases

    Ability to



















    Ability to analyze and reorganize corporate administrative         procedures.

    Experienced in most aspects of _____ with emphasis on _____.

    Comprehensive experience in the ______.

    Accomplished in organizing efficient production of ______.

    Able to bring effective solutions to complex problems ______.

    Author of program to expedite ______.

    Experienced in managing sales, personnel, training, recruiting, etc.

    Ability to utilize all techniques to stimulate sales, etc. 


Make it brief, using short phrases,

Use action verbs such as created, initiated, organized,

Include internships, summer and part-time employment,

Emphasize skills, strengths and accomplishments,

List major awards, achievements and publications,

Organize education and employment in reverse chronological order,

Give attention to the attractiveness and clarity of the resume,

Have your resume critiqued for style, impact and spelling,

Consider the tone of your resume,

Use the language/jargon of your chosen field,

Remove all personalization: "I," "me," "my," "we."

Relate the information given to your career objective,

Check for consistency: do all jobs listed include city/state and the location of the company? Are all job titles listed and underlined under the company name?

Check for formatting issues: spacing; awkward page breaks; margins too big/little; general presentation,



Make the resume longer than 1-2 pages

Use negative words

Include present salary or salary desired

Mention high school degrees and activities

Use abbreviations

Use common introductory phrases such as "My duties included" or "I was responsible for"

Sell yourself short

Include personal information (e.g., height, weight, birth date, marital status, children or religion)

Use fancy fonts or too many different fonts. Keep it simple, Times Roman or Arial should suffice. Your resume should look clean.

Be afraid to brag without making it obvious.

Forget to PROOF READ!!! 

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Academic Background


Activities & Interests

Additional Experience

Additional Skills

Additional Training



Career Goal

Career Objective

Coaching Experience Achievements

Community Involvement

Community Service

Computer Skills

Conferences Attended



Employment History

Employment Objective



Highlights of Qualifications

Hobbies & Interests

Honours & Awards

Language Skills

Memberships Extracurricular Activities


Personal Achievements


Professional Activities

Professional Background

Professional Education

Professional Development

Professional Qualifications Academic Training

Professional Skills



Related Activities

Related Experience

Relevant Experience

Relevant Skills

Scholarships & Awards


Special Skills

Summary of Qualifications

Teaching Experience

Teaching Objective

Teaching Philosophy

Volunteer Activities

Volunteer Experience

Volunteer Work

Cover Letters - General Considerations and Tips

A cover letter is a necessary business letter that accompanies your resume whether you mail, email, or fax your application and/or resume. Its purpose is to introduce your resume, express your personality and enthusiasm for the position, and provide support for your candidacy that is not covered by your resume. Writing a cover letter can be a challenging and time-consuming task, especially when you must customize it towards each organization. The following suggestions are offered when writing a cover letter:

If sending via snail mail make sure that each letter uses the same font and high quality paper as the resume.

If printing out use 1 inch margins all the way around, and print on high quality resume paper (8" x 11") using a laser printer or high quality bubble-jet.

Please be sure to proof your letter for grammar and spelling errors! Or have someone else proof it for you. There's nothing worse than a spelling mistake or typo on a job application!

Be brief and concise; the cover letter/e-mail should be approximately 1 page in length.

Expand on your resume, rather than repeat the resume's content.

Individualize and target each cover letter to the position you seek; remember you are trying to convince someone why you're the best person for that particular job.

Be sure to market yourself. Explain what you can offer the company; not what the company can do for you.

Always include a cover letter with your resume, whether it is mailed, e-mailed, or faxed!

If mailed or faxed remember to sign the cover letter.

If e-mailing your cover letter remember to "attach" your resume and any other documentation as outlined by the employer in their application instructions. If they want your resume as an ASCII text file then send it that way. If you can't follow their instructions, they probably won't hire you 

Cover Letters - The Whole Purpose

Your cover letter should explain why you are sending your resume. Never send a resume without a cover letter, unless you are explicitly asked not to by an employer's application instructions. Don't make the reader guess what you are asking for - be specific! Tell the employer you are writing about the part-time summer elementary opportunity or the permanent position in secondary science advertised on the Education Canada Network site. Or are writing because you didn't see any positions in grade 4 physical education on the Education Canada Network and you would like to know of any upcoming opportunities in school district.

Always state specifically how you learned about the position or the organization -- the Education Canada Network, your university academic advisor, your neighbor Mrs. Blake. It is always appropriate to mention the name of someone who suggested that you write.

Remember you are trying to convince the reader to look at your resume. The cover letter is the first impression - there are no second chances for a first impression! The cover letter must be well written and targeted specifically to the employer you are writing.

Call attention to the highlights of your background -- education, experience, leadership roles -- which are relevant to the position you are applying for. Be specific and use examples.

States exactly what is enclosed or attached -- resume, practicum report, list of references, transcripts forthcoming etc., so that the employer knows what you included in your application package.

Provides additional information not referred to or requested in the application such as your availability date for an interview and/or start date and when you will follow up via mail/e-mail or telephone.

The following are samples of resumes. Use these samples as guidelines when planning and producing your own resume.

The following samples are general sampless of two types of resumes: chronological and combined. Use these samples to get the general idea of what each type of resume looks like.

Sample - Chronological Resume

Sample - Combined Resume

Below are some education-specific resumes.

Sample - Art/English Teacher

Sample - Elementary Teacher

Sample - Math Teacher

Book Suggestions for resume planning and writing your education related resume:

101 Grade a Resumes for Teachers by Rebecca Anthony, Gerald Roe Roe

Inside Secrets of Finding a Teaching Job by Jack Warner, Clyde Bryan, Diane Warner

Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae by Acy L. Jackson

How to Develop a Professional Portfolio: A Manual for Teachers by Dorothy M. Campbell (Editor)

Resumes for Education Careers by Vgm Career Horizons (Editor) 

Document Checklist

When applying for a job opportunity, remember to include the following documents. This is only a guideline, each school or school district has their own requirements.

Cover letter


Teachers Certificate

List of references / reference letters

Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) Category Card

Practicum reports and evaluations

Official academic transcripts (require scanned electronic copies, photocopies are not acceptable)

Post-secondary diplomas and /or certificates

Work permit (only required from non-Canadian residents)