Homestay

Are you looking for a reliable and kind Host family in Canada?

Contact Canada can help you to find the best family for you and will support you during your Homestay!

Homestay is a living arrangement with a host family who offers an extra private guestroom or space for an international student for a nominal charge in comparison with other expensive types of temporary or long term accommodations.

Host screening process

All potential host families are required to submit an application form along with personal references to a Contact Canada office.
After checking references, a homestay coordinator arranges to meet and interview the family at their homes.
Only those families which can provide both a physically comfortable place to live and a friendly, nurturing environment are asked to become host families. Students are provided with a room, a desk, a bed, and three healthy meals per day.
Contact Canada's homestay coordinators are available for counseling purposes five days a week and 24 hours a day in the case of emergencies. Counseling can be provided in English, Japanese and Mandarin. 

 

Payment and cancellation policy

Payment
  1. The entire placement fee is due at the time of application and non-refundable except in cases where a home cannot be found.
  2. After a home has been confirmed, teh applicant must pay the homestay fee for the first 3months or the full amount if the stay period is less than 3 months. Other services fees such as school referral, airport pick-up service etc. are also due at this time.
Cancellation
  1. All cancellations must be submitted in writing.
  2. If written notice of cancellation is received more than 15 days prior to the homestay start date: the homestay placement fee will not be refunded.
  3.  If written notice of cancellation is received less than 14 days prior to the homestay start date: the homestay placement fee; a maximum of one month's homestay fees (30 days); airport pick-up fees and 5% GST will not be refunded. All homestay fees that have been received for the period beyond the first 30 days from the start date will be refunded according to the fee schedule above.

Custodianship

Immigration Canada requires that all applicants under the age of maturity who will apply for study permit have a legal custodian to act in place of a parent in times of emergency such as when medical attention is required. Applicants must provide proof in the form of notarized declarations one signed by the parent or legal guardian in the country of origin and one signed by the custodian in Canada.
 

How to apply

  1. Submit your application form. (Contact Canada will reply immediately to acknowledge receipt of your form) https://secure.skyland.com/contactcan/form_en.phtml
  2. Send your placement fee to Contact Canada. After receiving your placement fee, the homestay coordinator will find you an appropriate family and send you a family profile. (We accept Credit Card - VISA, Master, Amex, Diners, JCB, )
  3. After receipt of the host family profile, the fee for the first one month of your homestay are due. Participants may send both the placement fee and homestay fee at the same time if they wish to avoid paying bank transfer fees on two payments or want to combine both payments on one cheque.