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we are hiring teachers

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is adding teachers to its elementary and secondary occasional teacher rosters! Candidates may also be considered for long term assignments.

At HWDSB, we have a mission: to ensure every student experiences a sense of belonging and engages in dynamic learning to reach their potential and build their own future. We have more than 8,000 employees, and every one of them contributes to our student achievement in their own way. Imagine what you could do at HWDSB!

Internationally Educated Teachers

If you are an internationally educated teacher, the Ontario College of Teacher’s (OCT) has many resources to help you navigate the journey to become certified in Ontario. Among these resources, are information sessions for newly certified internationally trained teachers. In collaboration with OCT, HWDSB has prepared a video to help you prepare to apply for a teaching job in Ontario.

For information on upcoming information sessions hosted by OCT, please visit its Information Sessions for Teachers Educated Outside of Ontario webpage.

Please visit OCT’s Internationally Educated Teachers webpage for full information regarding the process to become OCT certified.

Teaching in Ontario Presentation

Elementary Secondary
Method of interview: Panel interviews via MS Teams platform. Panel interviews via MS Teams platform.
Posting close date: TBD TBD
Expectation of interview dates: TBD TBD

Please apply directly on Apply to Education. Mail-in applications will not be processed. When applying to HWDSB through Apply to Education, your application package must include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Practicum Assessments or Principal Evaluations
  • Copy of Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification (where possible).

We thank all applicants for their interest in HWDSB. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Elementary Requirements

  • Candidates must be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (in good standing). New graduates pending OCT certification are welcome to apply
  • Professional skills and attitudes including lived experiences, skill sets, backgrounds, and varied work experience that may be considered valuable to the position
  • Ability to speak multiple languages in addition to English and French
  • Working with diverse communities locally or abroad
  • Ability to lead a school band, theatre arts, lead extra-curricular activities, etc. as needed
  • Professional experience outside of the classroom
  • Additional qualifications and experience
  • Additional requirements that are outside of the regular OCT qualifications
  • Consideration of early career educators

Secondary Requirements

  • Candidates must be registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers
  • New graduates pending OCT certification are welcome to apply
  • Secondary Teachers must hold qualifications in Intermediate and/or Senior divisions
  • Availability and commitment to work a minimum of 10 full days per school year

During the shortlisting of applicants, consideration will be given to

  • diversity and equity;
  • merit and additional qualifications and experience; and
  • early career educators

Hourly Rates

Elementary: Daily rate of pay starts at $250.56 (includes 4% vacation pay). Individual wage for Long-Term Occasional work is based on QECO Rating Statement and Grid Placement.

Secondary: Daily rate of pay start at $248.50 (includes 4% vacation pay). Individual wage for Long-Term Occasional work is based on QECO Rating Statement and Grid Placement.


Hamilton and surrounding region (Ancaster, Binbrook, Dundas, Flamborough, Waterdown, Stoney Creek/Winona).

At HWDSB, we are proud of our staff, and we celebrate their work as well as their outside accomplishments. We encourage staff to grow as professionals and as leaders. Our Human Resources Department offers tremendous supports such as training, in-services, and mentoring. HWDSB also believes in a healthy workplace, and is always looking for ways to create a positive, supportive environment.

Employment Equity Statement

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is committed to building inclusive learning and working environments where students see themselves reflected in the curriculum, staff population, physical surroundings and the broader community.

HWDSB’s mission is to empower students to learn and grow to their full potential in a diverse world. Guided by this mission, HWDSB strives to build a workforce that embodies the values of human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion, while reflecting and welcoming the diverse and distinct identities, experiences and needs of our students and our communities.

HWDSB seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, and who will contribute to the vision of creating inclusive and equitable outcomes. HWDSB especially invites and welcomes applications from:

  • Indigenous Peoples (e.g. First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples;)
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin; (e.g. Black and racialized communities, immigrant communities, etc.)
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
  • Persons who identify as women; and
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. (i.e. Two-spirit and LGBTQIA+)

As part of HWDSB’s commitment to employment equity and removing barriers to groups that have faced and continue to face barriers in employment, we invite all applicants to complete a voluntary question(s) that collects identity-based information. The voluntary question(s) is on the Apply to Education application page for this position.

HWDSB is committed to providing accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection process, based on any human rights protected grounds. If you require accommodation, please notify us in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Land Acknowledgement

HWDSB is located on ancestral Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Confederacy land as determined by the Dish with One Spoon treaty. The Dish with One Spoon wampum belt represents the treaty relationship between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and Anishinaabe with respect to sharing the land and resources thereon. The intent of this agreement is for all nations sharing this territory to do so responsibly, respectfully and sustainably in perpetuity. We respect the longstanding relationships with the local Indigenous communities, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Six Nations of the Grand River.

Applicant Self-Identification Form

The information collected on this form is used to monitor HWDSB’s progress toward our equity goals including our commitment to diversity in HWDSB recruitment and hiring practices.

We are committed to the security and confidentiality of information under our control, and to the protection of privacy with respect to personal and confidential information that is collected, used, disclosed and retained in the system (Policy 1.6 – Privacy). Information on this form is collected pursuant to Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan (Ministry of Education) and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). Access to this form is restricted to specific individuals in Human Resources. The Research and Analytics Department will use aggregate data from all the forms (not individual data) for internal reporting. Their access and use of the data is governed by MFIPPA and ethical research practices. Applicant Self-Identification Forms will be maintained in the Human Resources job competition file and securely destroyed 1 year after the job posting for candidates not selected for an interview and 6 years after the job posting for candidates interviewed, in accordance with general records retention principles.

If you prefer not to answer any of the questions, you can select “prefer not to answer”. This in no way affects your application or the applicant selection process. If you have questions or concerns about this form please contact [email protected].

Updated on Tuesday, March 26, 2024.
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