Recruiting Teachers in Northern Ontario and Aboriginal Communities
Province Supporting Education in Northern Ontario
Ontario is partnering with Teach For Canada to recruit teachers for northern communities, including remote First Nation reserves.
Teach For Canada is a non-profit organization that works with schools in remote communities to recruit, prepare, and retain committed teachers. Teach For Canada will recruit and select 40 teachers who will work in Northern Ontario schools. The project will:
- Cultivate a new generation of teacher-leaders with a passion for teaching in northern and Aboriginal communities.
- Develop Northern Ontario as a hub for rural teacher training.
- Create well-educated, highly-skilled and stable communities that are poised for economic growth.
- Ontario is supporting Teach For Canada by providing $70,000 support from the Rural Economic Development Program.
- Participating teachers will be selected based on criteria devised by Aboriginal leaders, community members and students in Northern Ontario.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $176 million in 528 Rural Economic Development-related projects, generating more than $1.2 billion in local economic activity and creating more than 36,000 jobs.
- Ontario is taking steps to improve outcomes for Aboriginal youth, including the Aboriginal Education Strategy, as well as the Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy, the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, the Feathers of Hope Forum, the Community Aboriginal Recreation Activator Program and partnerships with non-governmental organizations.
“Recruiting and retaining qualified teachers is a challenge for many schools in Northern Ontario, especially those in Aboriginal communities. This project by Teach For Canada will help address that issue, as well as help students in northern and Aboriginal communities succeed in the classroom and beyond.”
“A strong, prosperous Ontario includes vibrant, economically diverse rural communities. By providing economic development support at both the local and regional level, the Rural Economic Development program helps create jobs and strengthens rural communities across Ontario.”
“We’re proud to work with the government of Ontario, motivated by our shared belief that recruitment, preparation and support of northern educators can make a huge difference in the lives of students.”