Maple leaf
Maple leaf, a national symbol of Canada. Photo ©

Design_Miss_C, licensed under CC0 1.0 and adapted from the original.

Why choose French-speaking Canada?

Living in Quebec allows you 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 great country for exploring, and you can get involved in all sorts of activities – from whale watching to snow-shoeing, a visit to the sugar shacks or maple-tree-tapping in the spring. If you are a student or graduate with a thirst for a new Francophone culture, this is the place for you.

  • Posts are available in primary and secondary schools.
  • A small number of posts are also available in adult education centres.
  • Focusing mainly on spoken English, you'll help the teacher bring the language to life.
  • You will work with either the class teacher or on your own or with groups of between two and 15 pupils.
  • You will be in post from 1 September to 31 May and work around 18 hours per week.

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Canada, you must fulfil the general eligibility criteria (EU citizenship, native-level English, etc.).

Where can I go?

There are around 30 posts available each year in Quebec, Canada. Almost all the posts in Canada are in small towns (population of 5,000 – 15,000) and in 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 celsius are not unusual. What's more, intercity public transport is limited. This all makes it especially important to research Quebec before you apply.

How much will I be paid?

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

Will I be interviewed?

Candidates who pass the first stage of selection for posts in Canada will be invited to take part in a further assessment stage before being offered a post. This further assessment will take place on a rolling basis before April 2017.

When will I hear back?

  • January/February: You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.
  • April: You will find out whether you have been successful.
  • May: You will find out the location of your post from the British Council.

For more information, see our ELA Lifecycle document.

Will there be an induction course?

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

A former language assistant in Canada has written some answers to common questions about taking up a post in Quebec.

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