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There were slightly over 329,000 educators2 in Canadian public schools in 2005/2006, an increase of 2.5% from six years earlier.

Full-time-equivalent educator data is available for all jurisdictions and all years, except for Alberta data prior to 2004/2005. Full-time-equivalent educator data in Alberta represent generally about 11% of all Full-time-equivalent educators in Canada. Compared with 1999/2000, a total of eight jurisdictions had an increase in educators since 1999/2000 versus five that had a decrease. This figure fluctuated widely during this six year period (Table A.10).

Between 1999/2000 and 2005/2006, the number of educators based on full-time equivalents varied by less than 6% in all jurisdictions, except three – The Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador (Chart 4 and Table A.10). The number of educators increased by 33.1% in Nunavut (since 1999/2000), by 15.4% in Northwest Territories and fell by 13.9% in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Chart 4
Percentage change in the number of educators (full-time equivalent) between 1999/2000 and 2005/2006, Canada, provinces and territories, excluding Alberta

Newfoundland and Labrador is the only jurisdiction where the number of educators has not increased in any year since 1999/2000. In New Brunswick, the number of educators has been increasing since 2001/2002. The numbers of educators in Manitoba have been increasing since 2002/2003 (Table A.10).

Between 2004/2005 and 2005/2006, the number of educators, based on full-time equivalents, varied by 1% or less in six jurisdictions. A slightly more significant variation was observed in seven jurisdictions; Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Alberta,Yukon, Ontario and Nunavut.

The number of educators decreased by 2.6% in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2% in Prince Edward Island, increased by 1.7% in British Columbia, 1.8% in Alberta, 2.1% in the Yukon, 2.6% in Ontario and 14.5% in Nunavut (Chart 5, Table A.10).

The educator occupational group, based on headcounts, was female-dominated in Canadian public schools in 2005/2006, with 71% of educators being women. The proportion of women in this occupational group has increased steadily over the 1999/2000 to 2005/2006 period. In 1999/2000, the proportion of educators was 67% female. This upward trend in the proportion of female educators was also observed across all provinces.

Chart 5
Percentage change in the number of educators (full-time equivalent) between 2004/2005 and 2005/2006, Canada, provinces and territories