Several factors contributing to Canada’s teacher shortage: MacDonald

January 11, 2019

A mounting teacher shortage is being felt by schools throughout the country, reports Moira MacDonald, with retirements, increased enrolments, cuts to teacher education programs, and lower applicant rates being significant factors. The author investigates responses by provincial governments to address the shortage, such as a campaign promise by the Quebec government to increase wages for new teachers and an influx of cash for teacher education from the Government of British Columbia. Kirk Anderson, President of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education and a Dean at Memorial University, stated that university education faculties need more detailed data to assess the demand  for teachers throughout the country. University Affairs (National)