Canada

Why choose Canada?

Living in Quebec gives you a really unique opportunity to experience a French-speaking region in a North American setting. It’s also the largest Canadian province and offers a diversity of settings, from rural snowscapes to the European-style capital city.
Canada is a fantastic country for exploring, and you’ll also be in a good position to travel to across the United States and wander around cities such as New York or Boston.

What will I do?

Posts are available in primary (students aged 6-11) and secondary (students aged 12-17) schools. A small number of posts are also available in adult education centres for undergraduates and graduates. Focusing mainly on spoken English, you'll help the teacher bring the language to life. You will work either the class teacher or on your own or with groups of between two and 15 pupils.

How does it all work?

You will be in post from 1 September to 31 May and work around 18 hours per week.

What will I be paid?

You can expect to earn approximately CAN$1,700 net per month.

Where can I go in Canada?

There are around 30 posts available each year in Canada. Almost all the posts in Canada are in small towns (population of 5,000 – 15,000) and in very rural areas of Quebec near/along the St Lawrence River and on the Gaspé Peninsula. These areas are not bilingual, and the only language spoken is French.

A post in Canada can be a very rewarding experience, but you need to think carefully about whether living in such a rural location is for you. The long and extreme winter makes a significant difference to the lifestyle, and temperatures of -25 degrees are not unusual. What's more, intercity public transport is limited. This all makes it especially important to research Quebec before you apply.

Will I be interviewed?

Shortlisted candidates may be requested to attend an assessment day at one of the British Council offices in the UK at the beginning of March. These are normally held in Scotland and England and we do our best to invite you to the nearest assessment day to you.

When will I hear back?

January/February - you will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.

March - you will find out if you have been successful.

May - you will find out the location of your post from the British Council.

June - you will be invited to attend a preparatory briefing in London at the British Council headquarters. This is a great opportunity for you to meet other assistants, get advice on personal safety and other topics, and ask former assistants about life in Québec.

Will there be an induction course?

To help you prepare for life as language assistant, there is also a compulsory two-day training course in Montreal in early September. The course will cover all the necessary administration required for living in Quebec and give you the opportunity to learn and practise teaching skills too. Accommodation and meals will be provided.

A former Language Assistant in Canada has written some helpful answers to common questions you might have about taking up a post in Quebec. They are available to download below.