Ontario is partnering with Teach For Canada to recruit teachers for northern communities, including remote First Nation reserves.
Teach For Canada is a non-profit organization that works with schools in remote communities to recruit, prepare, and retain committed teachers. Teach For Canada will recruit and select 40 teachers who will work in Northern Ontario schools. The project will:
- Cultivate a new generation of teacher-leaders with a passion for teaching in northern and Aboriginal communities.
- Develop Northern Ontario as a hub for rural teacher training.
- Create well-educated, highly-skilled and stable communities that are poised for economic growth.
Supporting northern and Aboriginal communities is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Ontario is supporting Teach For Canada by providing $70,000 support from the Rural Economic Development Program.
- Participating teachers will be selected based on criteria devised by Aboriginal leaders, community members and students in Northern Ontario.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $176 million in 528 Rural Economic Development-related projects, generating more than $1.2 billion in local economic activity and creating more than 36,000 jobs.
- Ontario is taking steps to improve outcomes for Aboriginal youth, including the Aboriginal Education Strategy, as well as the Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy, the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, the Feathers of Hope Forum, the Community Aboriginal Recreation Activator Program and partnerships with non-governmental organizations.