Things to Consider

Some items you may want to consider, in no particular order, before accepting a teaching position in the Northwest Territories. You may wish to ask the employer or do online research to find answers to make an informed decision before accepting a job offer:

  • Staff - turnover rate of staff, supports available for students
  • Student Makeup - grade levels and student population, student needs
  • School - size/teaching material on-site/class size/number of teachers at the school/special accomplishments
  • Relocation/Ultimate Removal Allowances - understand what is/is not included in your job offer
  • Housing - availability to rent/purchase, number of landlords, Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Market Housing Zones, cost, utilities cost included/extra, condition, repairs contact access/speed, pets allowed
  • Childcare - accessibility/cost
  • Community Accessibility - is there road access - year-round and/or ice road in winter? frequency and cost of flights? direct access to a large centre community with national airlines?
  • Community information - population, are loose dogs a concern, prominent leaders of the community/region
  • Basic Aboriginal Language handbook/information
  • Security of the Position - is it term/indeterminate - what does that mean?
  • Pension/Benefits
  • Isolation - near total darkness in winter
  • Activities/Community Services - fitness facilities, sports, community halls, amenities, what is there to do for fun?
  • Role/Expectations in Community - schools are often the community gathering space
  • Internet - access, speed, cost
  • Television/Cable - access, cost
  • Mobile/Cellular Phone - access, carriers, cost
  • Cost of Living
  • Grocery Store - options in a community, distance to closest, cost
  • Gas Station - distance to closest, cost
  • Stores - clothing, shoes, teacher resources
  • Online Purchases Shipping Cost
  • Medical Facilities - does the community have a hospital, health clinic, pharmacy, doctor, nurse?
  • School Calendar - there is no common NWT-wide school year calendar
  • RCMP - does the community have police presence? what is the crime rate (violent & non-violent?)
  • District Education Authorities (DEAs) - what is their role?
  • Substitute Teacher availability
  • Pets - veterinary availability, extreme cold for outdoor pet safety