The province of Ontario has announced it will hire thousands more teachers in the coming months, as part of an effort to boost its workforce.
About a million people across the country are now employed in schools, according to the Ontario Ministry of Education.
The government announced Monday that it is increasing the number of teachers by 10 per cent each year through 2020.
“We’re continuing to invest in Ontario schools, but we also know that we can’t afford to lose more teachers,” Education Minister Liz Sandals said in a news release.
Ontario has seen a massive influx of new teachers in recent years, with more than half a million new teachers being hired between 2014 and 2016.
With the increase in teachers, the number working in the province is expected to increase by 20 per cent in 2020.
That’s a big jump from about 2.6 million teachers in 2019.
Ontario also announced that it will also hire about 2,500 new teachers over the next three years, as well as an additional 1,000 additional teachers in 2020 and 2021.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities also said that it would invest $4.6 billion over three years in new teaching and professional development positions.
The province will also expand the number that can earn a teaching certificate from one to two, and increase the amount of teaching and development experience that is required from one year to two years.