Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

Implications for Canadian-Certified Teachers Wanting to Work in BC


The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into effect on July 1, 2017. The intent of the CFTA is to enable people to practice their professions across Canada without having to complete additional studies or exams.

If you hold a current, valid, unrestricted teaching certificate from another Canadian province or territory, you will likely qualify for a Professional Certificate under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.

As all teachers practising in BC must have a BC teaching certificate, teachers from other Canadian jurisdictions still need to apply to us for certification. We still require that all teachers meet our standards for fit and proper person and for language proficiency before we issue a certificate.

If you are ready to apply for a BC teaching certificate, please create a login in the Applicants' Area to begin the application process.

There are currently no related forms.