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2022 Transition to Teaching report highlights continued teacher shortage amid low unemployment rates

August 14 2023

The College’s 2022 Transition to Teaching report shows Ontario teacher supply is not keeping pace with demand. There were several contributing factors, including increased teacher retirements, pandemic disruptions that caused teachers to leave the profession, enrolment growth in some regions and fewer new Ontario teachers certified in the years since 2015. Admissions to Ontario teacher education programs were approximately 4,500 in 2022, compared with more than 6,300 in 2014 and more than 7,600 in 2011.

Additional highlights of the 2022 Transition to Teaching report show:

  • Early-career unemployment fell once again, with just one per cent of Year 1 Ontario graduates reporting they could not find teaching employment in Ontario during the 2021-22 school year.
  • Eighteen per cent of internationally educated survey participants could not find teaching employment, down from 37 per cent in 2021.
  • This is the sixth consecutive year that our survey indicated zero or near-zero unemployment among first-year teachers who are French-language program graduates.
  • A total of 2,067 Ontario faculty of education candidates obtained Temporary Certificates of Qualification and Registration (TCQRs) by the time of the survey in May 2022. Ninety per cent of survey respondents who held a TCQR applied to teach and of this group, 82 per cent gained some paid teaching experience.

This is the final edition of Transition to Teaching, an annual survey which gathered information about employment patterns and experiences of early-career teachers in Ontario that was first published in 2002. It will be replaced in 2024 by Focus on Teaching: A Survey of Ontario Certified Teachers, a new study with updated questions for all members that will provide a more complete picture of teacher employment trends and demographic distribution.

Read the full 2022 Transition to Teaching report.

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