MLES Academic Teacher Benefits

Teachers are paid monthly over 12 months and funds are deposited directly to the teachers’ home bank account in Canadian dollars and a portion of salary deposited into a Chinese bank account in RMB for local spending.

Salary Scale

The 2020 – 2021 annual salary grid for teachers, in Canadian dollars. New teachers start at Step 1 and experienced teachers are placed on the scale with one step for each year of recognized teaching experience.

Annual Salary (CAD)$53,000$54,000$55,500$58,000$60,000$63,000$66,000$68,000$69,000$71,000


  • Master’s Degree: An additional $1,000 is added to the salary step for teachers who hold a recognized Master’s degree in their teachable subject.
  • Re-signing: Teachers who complete a two-year contract and renew for an additional two-years receive re-signing bonus of $1,000.

Maple Leaf provides support and reimbursement of fees for BC Certificate of Qualification


  • Assistance with all logistical arrangements including visa application, flights and settling assistance.
  • Annual $2000CAD airfare allowance and $100 extra baggage allowance for first time teachers.
  • Premium medical insurance with emergency coverage in Canada during the summer holidays.
  • Visa cost paid by MLES, including reimbursement up to $250CAD for required immunizations.
  • Salary paid over 12 months, with 6 weeks of summer holiday, 4 weeks of winter holiday, and one week each in October and May during Chinese national holidays.
  • Settling allowance of 5000RMB to assist with apartment set up.
  • Dependent spouse/children living with the teacher in China receive annual flights, visas, medical insurance and tuition reduction.

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