Post # 1
My husband may be attending school in Canada for his PhD next Fall. I’m wondering if anyone has any experience moving from the US to Canada and finding work. I’m a teacher and hope to continue doing that in Canada, however, I’m concerned because I’m not fluent in French and we would likely be moving to Quebec (I don’t know how realistic it is to expect that I would be hired). I don’t really know where else to search for answers so any advice would be appreciated.
Post # 3
Copied from the BC Ministry of Education website:
Information from McGill University’s website re teaching in Quebec.
Post # 4
@julies1949: Great resources! Thank you so much.
Post # 5
It can be REALLY tricky. Quebec immigration rules in particularly are a lot more difficult compared to elsewhere in Canada.
I don’t want be discouraging, but it will be very difficult to get hired in Quebec, even in Montreal, without French. Even teachers in the English school boards are bilingual, and given the very strict language laws about language of business in Quebec (and the likelihood that the laws will become more strict with the results of the election in two days), I suspect that getting a job without French skills is going to be really tough.
You might find some helpful info for immigrating and job possibilities here – http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.html. I’m not sure what the rules are for you working as a dependent of someone on a work visa – the rules are very very strict for Canadians going to the US in this situation but it may be more simple for you coming here.
ETA – work permit-wise, it seems like you will be able to get a work permit relatively easily! That’s good news at least. You can read more about it here – http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-spouse.asp#step2
Post # 6
Working in Canada as an American Citizen is going to have its own issues… a lot will depend on your status when you are in Canada (example, are you married to a Canadian?).
Under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) some specialized careers are easier to transport across borders… without jumping thru an excessive amount of hoops (not sure if Teachers Qualify… )
Then you have the added issue of looking at residing in the Province of Quebec…
When it comes to Laws, Quebec is really the odd-man out in Canada as they use an entirely different process from the rest of the country (Quebec Civil Law styled after their French Ancestory, vs the rest of Canada & the USA that uses Common Law).
And as they are “technically” independent from the rest of the country in the legal sense… (known here as a country within a country) things are very different there on what goes, what doesn’t and how it is applied.
Quebec has both a French & English School System… albeit the English one is much much smaller… reflective of the population size… and consequently there would be fewer positions to begin with.
Something you might consider is if your Hubby is going to school in Montreal, is to look at Eastern Ontario if working is an absolute must for you (and you have access to a car).
The Province of Ontario is aprox 1 to 2 Hours (depending on traffic etc) West from the City of Montreal.
Hope this helps (somewhat),
Post # 7
Thanks for responding. I’m being very realistic about this search, and quite frankly, I wouldn’t hire me over a teacher who could fluently communicate in both English and French. I’m glad to know that there are some English schools, but I know I’ll need to devote a lot of energy into researching them.
I am also considering the possibility of us living in Quebec and me commuting to Northern New York to teach. We are originally from NY and I am still certified to teach there. I can foresee that the daily commute would be a challenge, particularly during winters, but I’m willing to investigate this.
Post # 8
@CapeBoundBride: The commute might be a bit brutal. In non-rush hour from Montreal to say Plattsburgh, it’s almost an hour and a half (not counting crossing the border). Traffic will obviously be higher during the peak times you’d be travelling to work. And the winters around here are pretty awful, as I’m sure you know if you’re from NY. I’d just worry that there would be an awful lot of days where you couldn’t make it across the border due to weather conditions.
There are at least two English school boards in Montreal as well as others elsewhere in the province (including in the Eastern Townships, which might be a living option for you guys if your husband is going to school in Montreal and doesn’t need to be there every day). If you’d like any more info about English schools in Montreal, let me know; my daughter’s in the English school system here.