Ontario Teacher Hiring Freeze

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Last week, the provincial government of Ontario recommended a hiring freeze on all new school employees, including administrative and teaching staff. In a memo sent to school board heads on 28th February 2019, the deputy minister of education said:

“I am writing to you today to recommend that school boards exercise prudence in making hiring decisions in light of the upcoming Ontario budget and the recent consultation on class size and hiring practices… School boards are advised to defer the annual processes of filling vacancies for retirements and other leaves related to teachers and other staff until the minister of education provides an update to the sector on or before March 15th.”

The recommended hiring freeze in the run-up to the Ontario budget announcements comes in the wake of the announcement of the possibility of removing caps on class sizes for kindergarten to primary grades 1 to 3. Ontario kindergarten and primary grade classes are currently capped at 29 and 23 students respectively, to ensure that students receive the attention they require to develop throughout their educational lives.

Both announcements are obviously concerning for new teaching graduates in Ontario, and for the wider Canadian education community as a whole. Teachers currently in a educator role in Ontario are now facing larger classes, and will likely soon be expected to do more, with less resources. Furthermore, new teaching graduates are facing the prospect of not being able to find employment in their chosen vocation once they have graduated.

At Engage, it is our fundamental belief that in order for a society to function and grow, education needs to be generously funded and supported by the local and national government. Public spending cuts and hiring freezes to education put undue pressure on teachers to provide a quality education without the necessary support to do so. The ramifications of cuts to education services can be felt across a society for many years to come.

What should you do?

If you’re a teaching student who will be graduating this year, it’s not all doom and gloom for your teaching prospects. Instead, try to see this hiring freeze as an opportunity to get creative with your new teaching career.


Despite the hiring freeze, Ontario and the surrounding areas will still have some vacant positions in schools which have to be filled. In order to stand out as a teaching graduate in Ontario in the current climate, you can volunteer at after-school clubs or tutor disadvantaged students to gain extra teaching experience to add to your resumé.

Gain international experience

Some countries, including the UK, are experiencing a shortage of quality teachers. These countries are making it easier than ever for teachers to relocate and add valued international experience to their CV. These great English schools can also offer fast-tracked career progression due to the unsaturated market of teachers, and a focus on teacher training gives unrivalled learning opportunities.

At Engage, we take advantage of the easy relocation routes to the UK from Canada and other countries to ensure teachers get the most out of their careers, and so that students can benefit from the varied experiences of international teachers. We ensure that new teachers have complete support throughout the entire relocation process and beyond; starting with free flights and accommodation to attend our iday events in the UK. iday gets you face-to-face with fantastic schools in need of quality teachers, so you can find that perfect British teaching role before your move.

Once you arrive in the UK we will also support you in your new role, liaising with your school to work with you on feedback and suggestions, arranging social events with other Canadian teachers in the UK, offering continuing personal development opportunities, and providing free mental health and wellbeing support.

If you’re ready to start your teaching adventure in Europe, you can request a free consultation with one of our local Ontario experts, all of whom are ex-teachers from Ontario with experience of teaching in the UK and other international locations. Our expert consultants will be available to guide and assist you every step of the way, from finding your new teaching role to settling into your new home.

Ready to get started? Register today.

If you’re ready to start your teaching adventure in Europe, you can register with Engage. One of our local experts, all of whom are local ex-teachers from with experience of teaching in the UK and other international locations, will help you set up a personalised relocation and career plan.

Your personal consultant will be available to guide and assist you every step of the way, from finding your new teaching role to settling into your new home. We’ll even meet you off the plane!

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