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YRDSB Homestay/Custodianship Program IES
YRDSB Homestay/Custodianship Program

Our Commitment 

Understanding the personal well-being of our international students is crucial to their academic success while studying abroad. The Homestay/Custodianship Program takes pride in its commitment to providing caring, reliable and trust-worthy homestay families for its visiting students.

If homestay is required, a homestay application must be submitted along with the academic ​application​​.

We are unable to accommodate nor guarantee all homestay requests; but we will notify you once a Homestay decision has been confirmed.


The Homestay/Custodianship Program is available to students attending Grade 9 to Grade 12.

Visiting Students

Accommodations for visiting students will be arranged in safe and secure family homes, within close proximity to your child's schools and public transportation.


  • Security-checked families
  • Host family electronic profiles
  • Maximum two YRDSB students per home
  • Three meals per day
  • Safe and secure environment
  • Close proximity to schools
  • Warm, caring English-speaking environment
  • Dedicated YRDSB staff to monitor students regularly in school and in the home
  • A toll-free, 24-hour emergency telephone number available to all students and  host families 

Selection Process

  • Family members: All homestay families undergo a detailed interview in their homes designed to evaluate their suitability for hosting international students.

  • Home environment: General living spaces including bedroom, bathroom, and laundry facilities are inspected and photographed.

  • Limited hosted students: Only YRDSB students can be hosted in the home.

  • Police Vulnerable Sector Screening: All homestay family members 18 years and older undergo a police check by the York Regional Police to ensure they have no criminal record of any type.

Matching Students with Families

International students and hosts are matched according to their personal needs and preferences.


Routine monitoring of the student and host family ensures that they are adapting well. A toll-free, 24-hour emergency telephone number is provided to both the student and their hosting family.​​​​​​​​​​​



 Contact Details


International Education Services
Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning
36 Regatta Avenue
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 4R1
T 905 884 2046 ext. 237​



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