Teaching grads face obstacles to work despite shortages

CBC reports that many new teaching graduates are facing obstacles to gaining stable work, even amid teacher shortages. In Ontario, many graduates have only received temporary certification from the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), making it difficult for them to get stable teaching work. The OCT has stated that this is mostly due to “incomplete applications,” and that recent graduates will be certified within 30 business days of receiving the completed application. In British Columbia, issues such as lower wages and higher living costs are exacerbating teacher shortages, and the problem is reportedly worse in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities that are far from urban centres. BC is taking a number of steps to address the issue through moves such as adding seats in education programs and increasing the number of Indigenous and French-language teachers. CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.