Project Overview

Project status

Project manager or
resource person

Partner organization(s)

Canadian School Boards Association
Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones
Regroupement national des directions générales de l'éducation
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Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA)

Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) / Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones

Putting Data to Work

The CSBA and the FNCSF, in collaboration with the CASSA, the RNDGE,  and the CLÉ, have partnered in the development of a nationwide technology framework allowing easy access to reliable standardized data from across Canada. This automated, scalable, pan-Canadian and sustainable database will help to better identify the extent of the shortage of French-language and French minority teachers in immersion and second-language programs across the country. In addition, the data will be used to inform decision-making in matters of recruitment, mobility and retention of French teachers. School system administrators, governments, professional associations and advocacy groups recognize the importance of addressing the shortage of French teachers and the challenges of recruitment and retention. These shortages impact FSL and FML programs in every provincial/territorial setting in Canada. While many stakeholders have gathered information independently to examine this issue, there remains a lack of standardized quantitative data to support coherent and cost-effective teacher recruitment and retention strategies at the local and national levels.

Targeted Results

Increased awareness of the state of recruitment and retention in FML schools and FI and FSL programs.
Between 2022 and 2024, school systems in 13 Canadian provinces and territories provide anonymous quantitative data on teacher recruitment in French First Language (FFL) schools and French Second Language (FSL) programs in English language schools.
Access to a pan-Canadian database will help education stakeholders understand, monitor and report on the state of recruitment and retention of FML and FSL teachers in order to develop policies, strategies and solutions in jurisdictions (local, regional, provincial/territorial or national) within FML schools and FSL programs. The cross-referencing of data leads to the development of dashboards that provide an accurate picture of the situation, support work planning and enable informed human resource decision-making.

Main takeaways (learnings)

  • It is interesting to include teachers of FSL programs and Francophone teachers in minority settings. Although school boards in both languages recruit from the same pools of professionals, the fact remains that they are all experiencing the effects of shortages. We need to work together to make data-driven decisions. It's a win-win situation.
  • It would be a good idea to bring together all stakeholders (universities, government sectors and associations) to discuss the reality of school systems and the impact of teacher shortages on them. This reinforces the need to undertake nationwide data collection.
  • The use of infographics has helped publicize the project and its activities to target audiences across the country. This is an effective way of explaining activities, encouraging participation and leading interested parties to consult reports and studies via hyperlinks.

Potential/desired collaborations

Any organization or government sector that undertakes data collection related to the shortage (e.g., ACUFC, ACPI, ministries of education).
  • Avoid duplication of effort
  • Put a more precise figure on the shortage
  • Present a more complete picture of what's happening in the field on a national scale
  • To better answer critical questions related to shortages and hiring.
The federal ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Facilitate recruitment of teachers from abroad
  • Facilitate workforce planning for school boards in terms of recruitment
Colleges of teachers and agencies that manage the certification of the teaching profession
  • Share data on new teachers (e.g., certification requests, international departures or requests from other provinces)
  • Sharing data to present a more global picture of the situation (e.g.: resignations within the first 5 years in the profession)

Digital platforms and documents for consultation or sharing

Digital platforms and documents for consultation or sharing

Tab on the CSBA website
Tab on the FNCSF website (French)
Tab on the CASSA website
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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