TESOL Jobs in Canada

Job Market

TESOL jobs Canada Most TESOL jobs in Canada are found in private language schools.  These schools offer ESL lessons to international students who come from all over the world to learn English in Canada, for periods ranging from three weeks to 12 months.  Canada’s ESL market is the largest among English-speaking countries because the country enjoys a prosperous economy and its cities are some of the most modern and peaceful in the world. Furthermore, most of its ESL institutes are recognized by Languages Canada, which sets the standards for management and instruction in Canada, and requires that all teaching staff hold TESL Canada accreditation.
The largest ESL markets are in Toronto and Vancouver. Smaller yet significant markets are located in Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, and Halifax.

Immigrating to Canada is very difficult; therefore, most teachers are Canadian.


ESL teachers earn from $18 to $40 per hour, depending on their qualifications and experience.

The Best Time to Apply for TESOL Jobs in Canada

Language schools cater to international students from a wide range of countries and the majority of students come to Canada in the winter and summer seasons. It is highly recommended to apply for your TESOL job in January or May.

Cost of Living

Since most ESL teachers in Canada are nationals, language schools do not pay for accommodation. A standard one bedroom apartment in a large Canadian city costs between $800 and $1,200 per month.

Health Insurance

Canadian residents and citizens receive free health insurance.


Primary and secondary education is free in Canada. Most school boards even provide textbooks for free.