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Homestay Programs

The Our Kids guide to billeting programs in Canada.

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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. Read more


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  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Boul Elkas/Rue Houde
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $12,850 to $18,528

This academically re-known French & English bilingual serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $15,000 to $18,00 . Boarding is available.

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Académie Marie-Claire 12850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Langley, British Columbia
    Glover/Logan
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $4,900 to $19,500

Whytecliff is a safe, empathetic & supportive place for teens with a diverse range of learning needs / personal challenges. Our positive community & high-growth environment pulls each child up to be their very best!

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 4900 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Garth Street/Fennell Avenue West
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,213 to $50,230

Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering academic programs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Hillfield Strathallan College 8213 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $14,000

We go beyond curriculum expectations to provide opportunities for students to earn admission into their choice of university using our AP accreditation, staff expertise and individual goal setting in small classes.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology 12500 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • NS to 12 Girls/Coed
  • $14,100 to $25,250

Hawthorn School is located in Toronto. We offer a co-ed toddler-SK program and an all girls program for grade 1- grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to help students reach their full potential.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Hawthorn School 14100 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Homestay Girls Coed
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Townline Rd./Niagara Parkway
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $11,205 to $49,675

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.

  • Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
Niagara Christian Collegiate 11205 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    De Maisonneuve West/Park Row West
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $19,750 to $40,000

At Kells, flexibility is the key. We develop programs allowing students to work within their comfort zone, which may be above, below or at grade level. The result is students who outperform even their own expectations.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Kells Academy 19750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $8,000 to $12,000

Craving the space to explore and innovate, students relish their small learning centres. With direct access to teachers, success is within reach. Local and global students all embrace Signet as a home away from home.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Signet Christian School 8000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $29,130 to $69,290

This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $29,130 to $69,290.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashbury College 29130 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    West Hastings St./Granville St.
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $22,800

Alexander Academy is a private World IB School offering the Diploma Programme and the BC Dogwood Diploma in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Alexander Academy 16500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Windsor, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $9,500 to $42,000

A21 students are empowered to create their OWN opportunities. PREPared to Say "Yes" to University prep, "Yes" to personal freedom through financial literacy and real-life skills, and "Yes" to athletics and wellbeing.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
A21 Academy 9500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Ancaster, Ontario
    Rymal Road West/Glancaster Road
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,700 to $16,130

At HDCH, our mission is to cultivate character through learning for a life of service to God. Our vision is to see all HDCH graduates become a faithful presence in the communities that they serve.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Hamilton District Christian High 12700 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $32,000

At Vaughan College instructions are embedded with strategies appropriate to the students' unique needs. We develop students' confidence and their urge to do better, which results in a high university acceptance rate.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Vaughan College Private School 10000 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

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.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Garrison Blvd SW/33 Ave SW
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,300 to $16,000

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. Small class sizes.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Lycée Louis Pasteur 15300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    16th Ave South/Leslie St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $20,000

Elton High School is an independent full-time high school that offers grades 9-12. High-quality academic courses, rich and useful extra-curricular activities, a unique one-to-one after-school tutoring system.

  • eSchool/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Elton Academy 10000 HighSchools eSchool Homestay Day Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Harbourside Drive/
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $25,250 to $47,725

Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a boarding school that enrolls 650 students. Tuition starts at $21,500. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school's motto is "Strength in Diversity."

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Bodwell High School 25250 HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Kamloops, British Columbia
    Summit/McGill
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $22,950 to $38,750

MLWS offers a unique university school model - a high school located on a university campus. We offer university pathway with “Dual acceptance” opportunity, and students share the state-of-the-art university facilities.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22950 Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Neuchâtel, Other
  • 12 Coed
  • SF 30,000 to SF 56,000

Neuchâtel Junior College, in safe and breath-taking Switzerland, offers students Canadian Grade 12 curriculum and AP exams while enjoying being immersed in an authentic French language and Swiss cultural experience.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Neuchâtel Junior College 30000 Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Keele St/Dundas St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,160 to $18,900

Reputed Diverse Traditional Day School. 100% of students graduate and move on to excel in their Post Secondary Education and life. Extremely positive, caring, and knowledgeable teaching staff.

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
Great Lakes College of Toronto 8160 HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

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.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,126

LCH is the only full-service independent high school in London. Through a Christian worldview, we offer the OSSD, OFSAA sports, extracurriculars, travel opportunities, and authentic learning experiences.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
London Christian High 16126 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/Newpark Blvd
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $7,600 to $25,900

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.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Montessori
Country Garden Montessori Academy 7600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Oshawa, Ontario
    Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $9,750 to $11,500

At G.B.MS, D.E.P.S and Durham Academy Secondary school focus is on each individual student and helping them meet their unique potential and goals. We believe in excellent customer service and families have a voice. Throughout the year we enhance our programs through program enhancement and enrichment. We also offer March Break and Summer Camps for working parents.

  • Day/Homestay/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 9750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed
  • Woodbridge, Ontario
    Kipling/Highway 7
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,810

We believe in project-based learning, enfolding, engaging and empowering students, and fantastic parent-student-teacher communication. We offer family friendly tuition with transportation included.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Toronto District Christian High School 15810 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Breslau, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,850 to $18,175

Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Woodland Christian High School 17850 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Main St. W./Longwood Rd. S.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $2,700 /course

Columbia International College is Canada’s largest private boarding school, offering Grade 9 to 12 programs. #1 in scholarships awarded by universities. The University of Toronto's official Global Partner School.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Columbia International College 2700 HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Franklin Ave/Yonge St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,200 to $14,800

Don Valley Academy is a private high school whose primary aim is to prepare our students for post-secondary studies. We are dedicated to providing educational programs that meet the individual needs of each student.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Don Valley Academy 13200 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,165 to $51,775

GNS is an independent JK-12 International Baccalaureate day-school in Victoria, BC, that challenges and supports each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 18165 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Thetford, Vermont(USA)
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • US $17,998 to US $46,891

TA’s award-winning faculty are recognized for their innovative teaching practices, learners are engaged, and diversity is celebrated. TA students work collaboratively and independently to reach their full potential.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Thetford Academy 17998 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $16,530 to $35,000

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.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate 16530 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Burnhamthorpe Rd. W/Neyagawa Blvd.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,100 to $55,000

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.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
King's Christian Collegiate 17100 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Leslie St/401
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $14,000 to $20,000

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.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
Webtree Academy 14000 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Caledon, Ontario
    The Gore Road/Old Church
  • 3 to 12 Coed
  • $17,900 to $33,000

The King's College experience develops in students responsibility, accountability, and ownership of their own learning and a passion for making a difference. Students can attend in person, online, or a mix of both.

  • Day/eSchool/Homestay
  • Traditional
King's College School for Bright and Gifted Children 17900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    College/Spadina
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,800 to $30,000

Braemar College offers a warm environment in downtown Toronto for students with high academic ambitions. Flexible terms allow students to join anytime and offers fast and focused pathways into Canada’s top universities.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Braemar College 13800 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $3,750 to $26,250

RJC is a Grades 10-12 boarding school accredited by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. RJC is student and community-focused all while offering excellent academics and exceptional athletic and fine arts programs.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College High School 3750 Boarding Boarding Day Homestay Coed

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. 

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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. 

What does homestay include? 

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 family's 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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