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Become a Host Family IES
Become a Host Family

YRDSB is one of the largest school boards in Canada offering education programs to visiting international students. These students are interested in a full immersion experience where they can improve their English skills and experience the Canadian culture first hand.

If you are interested in an enriching experience, by hosting an international visa student you will:

  • learn about other countries and cultures
  • learn about your own environment through a visitor's eyes
  • form new friendships
  • foster respect for our global community
  • recapture youthful energy

Can you provide?

  • custodianship support (YRDSB Homestay/Custodianship Program)
  • caring, comfortable accommodation for a student
  • an English speaking environment
  • opportunities for the student to participate in family life and local activities
  • integration of an international student into your family
  • a private room, three meals per day, plus snacks (it is recommended that Canada's Food Guide is followed to ensure that nutritious and well-balanced meals are provided)
  • easy access to a public secondary school in York Region on foot or by public transit

Role of the Host/Custodian

The host/custodian will provide regular care, support and supervision to the student at all times. This includes school-related, personal and medical emergencies as required.

How to Apply

You may apply to become a host for one of the following programs/organizations:

  • YRDSB Homestay/Custodianship Program - submit the Host Family Application and the Host Family Participation Agreement to If your application is approved, anyone living in the home, age 18 to 79 will be required to undergo a Police Vulnerable Sector Screeing Check (PVSC). The cost of the PVSC will be a the applicant's expense.
  •  MLI Homestay - visit the website for information on how to become a host family.

Please note, accommodations in basements and homes with tenants (renters/boarders) will not be considered.

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