Economics 101 for teachers


To the editor;

Isn’t it amazing our school teachers don’t have any understanding of economics?

In British Columbia, the average salary for a school teacher is a high of $71,831 in the Kootenay Columbia School District to a low of $63,869 in the Vancouver Island West School District.

Ontario pays the highest average salary at $75,688; Alberta is second at $74,299; and B.C. is third at $72,242.

Alberta placed number 1 in literacy scores and B.C. came in second (info from kt012.cabc_teachers_wages and from

Susan Lambert, of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, says B.C. teachers are underpaid to that of Ontario and Alberta.

Now here is the economics.

Ontario’s tax rate is 5.05 per cent, the lowest in Canada with a population of 13,210,667.

B.C.’s tax rate is 5.06 per cent, second lowest in Canada with a population of 4,510,858.

The reason B.C. does not pay the same is because Ontario has 8,699,809 more taxpayers.

Alberta’s tax rate is 10 per cent with a population of 3,724,832. Alberta collects much more in taxes from taxpayers than B.C. does.

Lambert must realize it is the taxpayers who pay school teacher wages.

If she thinks the present government in B.C. should adjust the teachers’ wages to that of Ontario and Alberta, then the B.C. taxpayers just have to pay more taxes. She has to realize that.

The average B.C. working person needs to know the following facts.

On average, B.C. teachers are paid $63,869 to $71,831, with a total working days of 188 after all professional days, stat holidays, Christmas and Easter breaks, and summer holidays are taken into account.

The average worker on the other hand will work 238 days after stat holidays, and an average of 15 days vacation time are taken into account, with nowhere near the amount of these salaries.

Now review the above, and think to yourselves, is it fair that you the taxpayer should sweeten the teachers’ pay package with higher taxes?

In summary, Ms. Lambert has to take into account, that with the present salary structure, they also get all that time off without ever affecting the paycheque.

It is amazing these university graduates are teaching our children and yet they cannot understand the above economics.

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan, B.C.


Just Posted

NTFFRA looking for 2018 Ambassador Candidates

North Thompson Valley Grade 9 to 11 students eligible to participate

Should grade 7s be moved to high school?

Parents and students attend public meeting regarding moving grade 7 students to Barriere Secondary

Barriere family loses home to fire

North Thompson Star/Journal A Barriere family have lost their home to a… Continue reading

RCMP Report: Trucker drags sign

Tractor-trailer driver goes over highway meridian at Vavenby, drags sign to Little Fort

TNRD survey looks at economic impact of 2017 wildfires

457 of the 492 businesses in the study area were affected “in some way” by the 2017 wildfires

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. Scientists witness first-ever documented killer whale infanticide

“It’s horrifying and fascinating at the same time.”

Okanagan Falls winery showing international photo project

Liquidity Wines will be sole Canadian show of National Geographic’s Photo Ark

Lawyer for one suspect in beating of man with autism says he’s not guilty

Ronjot Singh Dhami will turn himself in, lawyer said

Liberals awarded $100,000 contract to man at centre of Facebook data controversy

Christopher Wylie says his voter-profiling company collected private information from 50 million Facebook users

Facebook’s Zuckerberg admits mistakes in privacy scandal

Zuckerberg admits to privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, but no apology

UPDATE: Former B.C. city councillor sentenced nine months for sexual assault

Dave Murray, convicted this past fall, hired a private investigator to intrude on the victim’s life.

Online threat to U.S. high school traced to Canadian teen

A 14-year-old girl has been charged in connection with an online threat against a high school

Most Read