Teacher Pay Scale Across Various provinces in Canada (Updated: 2021)


Periodically, I look how the different provinces’ rank in terms of paying for their teachers. When I started doing this comparison, I lived in Quebec. Then I updated the table in 2011, and shortly after that I moved to Alberta. (Sick and tired of getting the short end of the stick.) Now I’ve been working here in Alberta for the last 10 years, and finally I feel like I’m compensated properly, for all the work that I do.

Just to be consistent, I’m listing the salary for a teacher with 8 years of experience and a bachelor degree + 2 year teaching degree. Also, I am choosing jurisdictions in Canada that I wouldn’t mind moving to – mostly cities. But if you want to check your salary in the given province, the link should point you in the right direction.

Here are the teacher salaries in 2021.

ProvinceSalaryYearLink
British Columbia (Vancouver)$85,9802021BC’s Local Collective Agreements (2019 – 2021)
Alberta (Calgary)$94,0142020Alberta Teachers’ Association Collective agreements (2018 – 2020)
Saskatchewan$86,4292021Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Collective Agreement (2019- 2023)
Manitoba (Winnipeg)$91,4932018MTS Collective Agreements
Ontario (Toronto)$91,2392019Salary Grid for TDSB elementary teachers
Quebec (Montreal)$67,0692021Montreal Teachers’ Association Collective Agreement (2020-2021)
New Brunswick$80,1362021New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation Agreement (2016-2021)
Nova Scotia$81,6712019NSTU Collective Agreement (2015-2019)
P.E.I.$85,2402021PEI Teachers’ Federation Agreement (2018 – 2021)
Newfoundland$84,5982020NLTA Collective Agreement (2016-2020)

Here’s the table for the salary scale across Canada in 2011:

ProvinceSalaryYearLink
British Columbia (Vancouver)$73,9722011BC’s Local Collective Agreements (2006 – 2011)
Alberta (Calgary)$87,9542011Alberta Teachers’ Association Collective agreements (2006 – 2012)
Saskatchewan$72,4352010Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Collective Agreement (2007 – 2010)
Teachers in Saskatchewan are currently trying to negotiate another contract.
Manitoba (Winnipeg)$76,5472010MTS Collective Agreements
Ontario (Toronto)$83,8652011OSSTF Collective Agreement (2008 – 2012)
Quebec (Montreal)$52,4352011Montreal Teachers’ Association Collective Agreement (2010-2011)
New Brunswick$72,5362011New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation Agreement (2008-2012)
Nova Scotia$59,6442010NSTU Collective Agreement (2008-2010)
P.E.I.$64,6082011PEI Teachers’ Federation Agreement (2010 – 2013)
Newfoundland$69,9942011NLTA Collective Agreement (2008-2012)

Here’s the table for the salary scale across Canada in 2008:

ProvinceSalaryYearLink
British Columbia (Vancouver Island)$72,2422008Vancouver Island North Payscale
Alberta (Calgary)$74,2992007Collective agreement – ATA
Saskatchewan$67,2932007Collective Agreement – STF
Manitoba (Winnipeg)$74,3172008Collective Bargaining – MTS
Ontario (Toronto)$75,6882007Collective Agreement – OSSTF
Quebec$46,3412007Collective Agreement – QPAT
New Brunswick$57,1262008None – negotiations under way.
Nova Scotia (Halifax)$67,2772007Collective Agreement – NSTU
P.E.I.$60,2962008PEITF Handbook
Newfoundland$61,8992007Collective Agreement -NLTA

Further Reading:

Inside Track: Getting Hired to Teach in a Canadian School