The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

The JET Programme was established with the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations, promoting the internationalisation of Japan's local communities by helping to improve foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.

The JET Programme is an international teaching and exchange program funded by the Government of Japan. Thousands of participants from different countries, including Canada, are invited to teach foreign languages in Japanese public schools, becoming ALTs (Assistant Language Teacher), or to support and maintain internationalization at a grassroots level as CIRs (Coordinator for International Relations) in local Japanese communities.


Application Process

JETAA (Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association)

Contact Information and Links


In order to be eligible for the JET Programme, applicants must:

  • in principle, be between 18 and around 40 years of age at the time of departure
  • hold a Bachelor's Degree at the time of departure
  • have excellent English skills
    Applicants whose mother tongue is not English are welcome to apply. Japanese diplomatic missions in Canada are not recruiting French teaching JET positions at this time.
  • be Canadian citizens
    Applicants must go through the selection process of their country of citizenship.

Countries that participate in the JET Programme are listed on the official JET Programme (International) website. If you are not a Canadian citizen, please contact a Japanese diplomatic mission in your country of citizenship for more information on their application process, as deadlines and departure dates may vary.

Japanese Embassies and Consulates Abroad

For more details about eligibility criteria, please visit the official Canadian JET Programme website.

What we look for in our candidates:

  • Self-motivation to learn as well as to teach
  • Desire to interact and ability to work well with youth
  • A good sense of initiative and involvement in one’s everyday environment and the community at large
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • A friendly and outgoing disposition
  • Professionalism and courtesy

Application Process

Late September

The application period for the JET Programme begins in September each year.

Application deadlines are habitually in late November for the following departure year. Since the application process is lengthy and requires supporting documentation, interested candidates are encouraged to begin their preparations early.

For details about the current year’s application deadline, or to access the JET Programme Online Application Form, please visit

At the time of your application, you must choose the location of your interview/departure. All Canadian interview locations are part of JET Group B.

Canadian Interview & Departure Locations for the JET Programme

  • 5010 Ottawa
  • 5020 Montreal
  • 5021 Halifax
  • 5030 Toronto
  • 5050 Calgary
  • 5051 Winnipeg
  • 5060 Vancouver
  • Tokyo* (departure only)

*For candidates already residing in Japan, interviews will nonetheless take place in applicant's country of citizenship.


Representatives from the Consulate undertake a major promotional tour, visiting numerous universities in Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces.

To find out the dates and locations of upcoming JET sessions, please visit


Application deadline. All applications are processed by the Embassy of Japan, in Ottawa.


Interview invitations are sent by the Embassy.


Interviews are held. Montreal/Halifax interview dates are not flexible, and no phone or videoconferencing interviews are offered.

Early to Mid-April

The Consulate announces interview results in early or mid-April.


The Consulate offers successful applicants Japanese classes, workshops, and opportunities to meet with former JET Participants during various orientations. Applicants are encouraged to keep their summer schedules flexible in order to make the most of these training activities.

End of July or early August

Departure for Japan.


The acronym JETAA stands for Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association. Established in 1989, this international association aims to reunite past participants of the JET Programme. The association is divided into three levels:

Since its inception, JETAA has strived to maintain the following goals:

  • Promote internationalization in local communities
  • Establish a network of past participants who wish to help others find work or pursue their studies after they return to their home country
  • Maintain a means of communication between all past participants
  • Contribute to the promotion and selection process of the JET Programme

The JETAA Quebec / Atlantic chapter invites all past JET participants currently residing in Quebec or the Atlantic Provinces to join them in their activities, regardless of their province or country of origin. The Quebec / Atlantic chapter was inaugurated in 1990 and includes members from the four corners of Eastern Canada. Still very active today, it hosted the 2013 National JETAA Conference.

To communicate with JETAA Quebec / Atlantic or for more information on their activities, please visit or email them.

We strongly encourage former JET Participants to get in touch with the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission and JETAA chapter upon their return from Japan.

Contact Information and Links

For more information about the JET Programme, visit the following websites:

JET Programme (Canada) website

JET Programme (International) website

JETAA Quebec / Atlantic

JETAA Canada

JETAA International

To speak with a JET Coordinator, please contact the Japanese diplomatic mission nearest you:

Embassy of Japan in Ottawa

Consulate General of Japan in Montreal (Quebec and Atlantic Provinces)

Consulate General of Japan in Toronto

Consulate General of Japan in Calgary

Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver

If you live in Quebec or in the Atlantic provinces and are interested in the JET Programme, please contact the JET Coordinator by email or by phone at (514) 866-3429.