The Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Implications for Canadian-Certified Teachers Wanting to Work in BC
On October 29, 2009, the BC government passed Bill 11 in support of the AIT.
The intent of the AIT is to enable people to practice their professions across
Canada without having to complete additional studies or exams. Since the implementation
of the AIT in January of 2010, a new certificate called the Basic Certificate has been issued.
We issue the Basic Certificate to teachers who do not meet BC’s academic standards
for certification but who hold current, valid, unrestricted certificates in other Canadian
provinces or territories. The other Canadian certificate must be current, unrestricted,
and valid for teaching in public schools; a certificate that is suspended, cancelled, expired,
restricted, or invalid for any reason is not acceptable.
Teachers who receive our Basic Certificate have the option of completing coursework and
upgrading to a Professional Certificate at any time. To do so, they need to complete coursework
that fulfills BC’s academic standards for certification. We outline this optional coursework for
every applicant who qualifies for a Basic Certificate when we provide the application results.
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, teaching experience, and language
proficiency before we issue a certificate.
If you are ready to apply for a BC teaching certificate, please see the Becoming a Teacher section of our website for details about the application process and forms.
For more information about the AIT and the Basic Certificate, please see Frequently Asked Questions.