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Homestay Programs

The Our Kids guide to billeting programs in Canada.

 

Homestay is an informal term that schools use in reference to billeting programs. It is an alternative form of student accommodation, and while popular with international students, is available to domestic students as well. Most typically, schools will offer homestay options when they don't have on-campus boarding, though at times it is offered in addition to on-campus boarding.

Through homestay programs, students stay with a host family living near the school. Often, the program is organized and managed by the school administration—the school recruits host families, assigns students to them, and maintains frequent, direct contact with the families and students throughout the school year. Host families apply to be part of the program, and are screened by the school. Further, host families are required to adhere to provincial homestay guidelines, including a police screen for any person resident within the home who is 18 years of age or older. 

Homestay programs are attractive to:

  • Parents who would like to send a child to a school that isn’t within their local community that doesn’t offer boarding.
  • Parents sending a child to Canada to study and who would like the child to have an authentic cultural experience, including an authentic language immersion experience outside of formal language instruction.

What does homestay include? 

Students are provided a room, meals, and otherwise participate in the life of the family. Often homestay families have an association with the school, including having their own children enrolled there, though that isn't typically a requirement of a host family. 

The experience of living in a homestay setting is familial, and the student lives with the same host family for the entire school year. In a majority of cases, only one student is billeted with a family, and families offer a room in their home out of an interest in supporting a learner while also forging a relationship with someone from away. As such, the benefits are reciprocal: the visiting student wishes to have a safe, personal accommodation in the host community, while the billeting family is interested in meeting and getting to know someone from another culture. 

Visiting students are responsible to abide by the rules of the home, and to respect the families space, just as the family is responsible to respect theirs. The homestay parents are also responsible for providing healthy meals, and to ensure that they arrive at school each day on time and prepared to learn. The host parents will also provide guidance, just as they would to their own children, so it's important for families to be aware of the values held within the home, and also share them. 

International students

Custodianship

While host families provide daily support, and respond to any needs as they arise, they are not automatically designated as the student’s legal custodian. Should the host family agree, they may be approached to provide legal custodianship, though that designation can also be handled separately, either by the student's family or through school administration. 

Children 17 years of age or younger and not arriving with a parent or legal guardian are required to be in the care of a responsible adult while they are in Canada. This person is known as a custodian. The custodian must be designated prior to your arrival in Canada through the completion of a notarized Custodianship Declaration (IMM 5646). The custodian must live in Canada and be older than 19 years of age. Often the custodian is connected to the family as a family friend or relative. Otherwise, the admissions officer of the school that you plan to attend can help if you need to find someone eligible to act as a custodian.

Travel requirements for international students

NOTE: For up-to-date legal information regarding travel requirements, please refer to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or the Citizenship Act, as applicable.

All international students who wish to study in Canada for more than six consecutive months must obtain a study permit. To apply, students must first be accepted and have a letter of acceptance in hand.

Citizens of some countries also require a temporary resident visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) in order to travel to Canada. For more information on travel documentation requirements, and to find out if you need either a visa or an eTA in order to travel to Canada visit the Government of Canada, office of immigration and citizenship website.

Health and medical insurance

International students need to arrange for their own health and dental coverage while in Canada. Students who hold official landed immigrant status or permanent residency status should apply for provincial health coverage from the province where they will be studying. Students who are not eligible for provincial health insurance must provide documentation to the school showing that they have medical coverage through their parents or otherwise have purchased an international student medical plan. The admissions officer at the school can provide guidance and advice on obtaining a medical plan.

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Hawthorn School (est. 1989)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Girls/Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
  • Day school
Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$14,500 to $36,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Day Girls Coed 14500

Lynn-Rose College (est. 1997)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (300 students)
Lynn-Rose College is an accredited IB World School that offers a university prep program for students grades 7 to 12. Our students have the option of advanced study in our reach ahead program. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$15,000 to $19,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 15000

Alexander Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (150 students)
  • Day school (150 students)
Alexander Academy is a private World IB School offering the Diploma Programme and approved to offer the BC Ministry of Education curriculum in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,500 to $22,800


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 16500

Hillfield Strathallan College (est. 1901)  

  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (1190 students)
Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering programs to students 18 months through Grade 12 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$8,423 to $49,606

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 8423

Brock Academy (est. 2008)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • eSchool school (15 students)
  • Day school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (10 students)
Brock Academy is offers programs for Grades 7-12 in St. Catharines, with small class sizes, individualized learning and a focus on STEM as well as IEP students. We offer both onsite/online credits towards OSSD. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$9,500 to $14,100


MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Homestay Coed 9500

Hamilton District Christian High (est. 1956)  

  • Ancaster, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (425 students)
At Hamilton District Christian High we believe exceptional learning is for every student. Our aim is to differentiate learning so that each student can reach their full potential through Project-Based learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$12,510 to $16,800


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 12510

Hanson International Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (50 students)
Hanson International Academy is a private high school in Toronto established in 2001. It offers Ontario curriculum of grade 9 through 12 focusing on preparing the students for admission to the top Canadian universities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$2,350 /course


HighSchools Homestay Coed 2350

Country Garden Montessori Academy (est. 1995)  

  • Newmarket, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (100 students)
Situated on seven acres of rolling parkland and gardens, Country Garden Montessori Academy in Newmarket is a co-ed private day school for students in grades PS-12. The school provides a family atmosphere and is committed the intellectual growth and emotional well-being of students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,200 to $25,900


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 7200

UMC High School (est. 2008)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (500 students)
UMC provides programs from Grade 6 to Grade 12 and junior summer camp in Toronto. Most of UMC's graduates were accepted to many well-known universities in Canada and overseas. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$6,500 to $28,000

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MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 6500

Glenlyon Norfolk School (est. 1913)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (690 students)
  • Homestay school (50 students)
Glenlyon Norfolk School, an independent school in Victoria, BC, provides International Baccalaureate programs from JK to Grade 12. GNS offers 5- and 7-day Family Boarding for students who are not residents of Victoria. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$17,135 to $49,635


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 17135

Vaughan College Private School (est. 2009)  

  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (70 students)
  • Homestay school (20 students)
An Ontario ministry inspected private secondary school in Woodbridge, Vaughan. We accept International Students, have small class sizes, low tuition, high university acceptance rate. AP Courses also available! [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$8,900 to $23,500


HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 8900

Blyth Academy London (est. 2013)  

  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (64 students)
  • Homestay school (13 students)
  • Boarding school (5 students)
We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$15,995 to $20,795


HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed 15995

Ashbury College (est. 1891)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (592 students)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
  • Boarding school (108 students)
This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $23,600 to $58,300. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$27,750 to $66,970


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed 27750

Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. (est. 1984)  

  • Oshawa, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
Our schools offer a maximum class size of 16 students for ages 4 & up. Tours are offered daily and new students are welcome to visit for a day. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$9,700 to $11,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed 9700

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)  

  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$2,700 to $4,500


HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 2700

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) (est. 2000)  

  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (1 students)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$1 /program


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 1

King's Christian Collegiate   

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (670 students)
  • Homestay school (40 students)
King’s Christian Collegiate is an independent Christian high school providing superb instruction in a safe, stimulating academic environment. Caring staff set the tone for a positive, up-beat culture. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$15,800 to $52,000


HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 15800

Webtree International School of Excellence (W.I.S.E.) (est. 2016)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (50 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
Webtree offers individualized education programs which fully supports a student’s academic needs, and helps them achieve educational and personal goals. Small class sizes are designed to inspire and engage students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$18,000


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 18000

Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)  

  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (80 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,800 to $27,800


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 14800

Xyna International School (est. 2010)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Girls/Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (10 students)
Xyna International School offers programs from Gr 9 - 12 in Brampton(Co-ed) and 6-12 in Woodbridge(Girls only). At Xyna students have many opportunities to develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Homestay Girls Coed 7000

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate (est. 1945)  

  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (275 students)
  • Homestay school (30 students)
Incorporating academic excellence, service and peacemaking, Rockway is a diverse learning community of 265 students in Grades 7 to 12 including a dynamic international student exchange program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,530 to $35,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 16530

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)   

  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (1 students)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$1 /program


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 1

Toronto District Christian High School (est. 1963)  

  • Woodbridge, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (50 students)
  • Day school (351 students)
We believe in project-based learning, enfolding, engaging and empowering students, and fantastic parent-teacher communication. We offer family friendly tuition with transportation included. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$15,500 to $20,190

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HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 15500

British Columbia Christian Academy (est. 1992)  

  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$4,200 to $13,150


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 4200

Great Lakes Christian High School (est. 1952)  

  • Beamsville, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed/Boys
  • Day school (62 students)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (52 students)
  • Homestay school (16 students)
Great Lakes Christian High School offers programs for grades nine through 12 in Beamsville. It accepts day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$10,300 to $40,400


HighSchools Day Boarding Boarding Homestay Coed Boys 10300

Rosthern Junior College (est. 1905)  

  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (3 students)
  • Boarding school (38 students)
  • Day school (29 students)
RJC is a grades 10-12 private, boarding school accredited by the SK Ministry of Education. RJC’s International Student Program focuses on English language immersion, educational excellence, and cultural experience. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,500 to $26,000

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Homestay Boarding Day Coed 7500

OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology (est. 2013)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (15 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
OAT is a high school in Toronto specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Full credit courses, Booster programs and Reach Ahead programs designed to give students the support they need to excel. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$12,000 to $14,000

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HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 12000

Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)  

  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • Day school (270 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
  • Traditional
$2,980 to $28,570


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed 2980

Lycée Louis Pasteur (est. 1966)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Homestay school (10 students)
Lycée Louis Pasteur is the only school in Calgary to teach the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. Three years old to Grade 12. All linguistic backgrounds welcome. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,600 to $15,200

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 13600

Princeton Academy of Canada (est. 2000)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Homestay school (50 students)
Princeton Academy is a reputable private high school that offers high school credits from grades 9-12 to those who are working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The average class size is about 8-15 students [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,000 to $18,800


HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed 10000

Woodland Christian High School (est. 1976)  

  • Breslau, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (345 students)
Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$10,760 to $27,680

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HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 10760

Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2018)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • Homestay school (1 students)
  • Day school (28 students)
Odyssey Heights School starts at 10:30am; Six Overnight Outdoor Ecological Experiential Ed trips (24+days), Equestrian Program, & DELF French Ministry of Education French are included in tuition, and "No Homework Ever!". [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$15,250 to $27,825

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MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Girls 15250

Toronto International Academy (est. 2004)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school
  • Day school
  • Homestay school
TIA offers a wide range of educational programs such as High School courses, ESL, TOEFL/IELTS/AP Prep., Tutoring, Summer & Night School with a flexible admission schedule for both Canadian and International students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,400 to $16,800


HighSchools Day Day Homestay Coed 10400

North Toronto Christian School (est. 1981)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (385 students)
  • Homestay school (8 students)
North Toronto Christian School offers a full day program from junior kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,512


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 10512

Niagara Christian Collegiate (est. 1932)  

  • Fort Erie, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school
  • Homestay school
Niagara Christian Collegiate offers both middle school and secondary school programs from Grades 6-12. Graduating students achieve top university placements around the world. We accept both day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$33,050 to $41,050


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Coed 33050

Vancouver Waldorf School (est. 1971)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (30 students)
  • Day school (300 students)
Vancouver Waldorf School offers programs from pre-school through to grade 12 in North Vancouver, BC. Its average class size is 12 to 25 students. [View profile]
  • Waldorf
$8,500 to $14,170


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 8500

Lowell Academy   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (10 students)
At Lowell Academy, we focus on the individual child, the whole person and a balanced life. We give each student transformative learning experiences rooted in inquiry. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$18,000 to $37,000


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 18000

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