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Recruiting Teachers in Northern Ontario and Aboriginal Communities

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Recruiting Teachers in Northern Ontario and Aboriginal Communities

Province Supporting Education in Northern Ontario

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

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.
Supporting northern and Aboriginal communities is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

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“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.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“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.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“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.”

Mark Podlasly

Chair of the Board of Directors, Teach For Canada

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