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Become a Host Family IES
Become a Host Family
YRDSB operates a robust homestay program where hundreds of international visa students are placed each semester for their study duration. These students are interested in a full immersion experience where they can improve their English skills and experience 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? 
  • 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, 3 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 school in York Region on foot or by public transit
Once the host family application is received, and it is determined that the requirements are met, you will be contacted and an interview and visit arranged at your home. Once approved, anyone living in the home, age 18+ will be required to undergo a Police Vulnerable Sector Screen Check (PVSC). The cost of the PVSC is at the applicant's expense. 

The following home accommodations will not be considered:
  • basement
  • homes with tenants (renters/boarders)
Role of 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.



 Contact Details

International Education Services
36 Regatta Avenue
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 4R1
T 905 884 2046
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