Staying in a Homestay in Canada will give you an excellent opportunity to practice your English conversation skills and experience Canadian culture and family life. Our Homestay families are located in areas of Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal, Canada, between 40-60 minutes from the school; these homes are safe, secure, inspected and approved by our Student Accommodation Program Coordinators.
Your Homestay family in Canada will be different from your own, so we ask that you be prepared to adjust to a new household routine, different foods and new rules. You will become one of the family!
Please keep in mind that Canada has a very diverse cultural makeup with citizens from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Our Student Accommodation Department, Cultural Coordinators and staff will always be available to assist you whenever you have questions or want to talk. At ILSC-Montréal, you stay with an English or French-Canadian family - depending on your program. At ILSC-Toronto and ILSC-Vancouver you stay with an English-speaking family.
Duty of Family Members in Canada
Most Canadians work outside the home and are active in community affairs. Each family member has duties around the home and does many things for themselves. For example, family members are expected to take their own dishes from the dining room to the kitchen and take care of their own possessions; this will apply to you too! You will be asked to respect the rules and regulations that pertain to their household.
Each family will assist you in learning the layout of your new home. You will be provided with a clean, comfortable, private room. The room will be equipped with a desk, bed, dresser, closet and good lighting. You are expected to keep your own room neat and tidy.
You will have your own house key. Please respect the security of the household. Make sure you return the key when you leave.
If any questions arise about your new home, please feel free to ask your family.
Meals in Canada
Meals are included in Full-Board Homestay (3 meals per day, and snacks), and Half-Board Homestay (Breakfast, dinner, and evening snacks). You will receive healthy, adequate meals. You will try many different types of food. Please tell your family what you like and dislike.
Roomstay accommodations will not include meals, but students will have access to the kitchen to prepare meals for themselves.
Changing your Homestay Family
If you wish to move to another family, you must pay a Homestay Re-Placement Fee of $ 100 (except if moving within the first 5 days of the homestay.)
Students who wish to leave their homestay before the scheduled homestay end date must give a minimum two weeks notice to the homestay family and the Student Accommodation Department.