How Do I Become a Host Family in Canada?
Are you interested in being a host family for an exchange student in Canada? Read on to discover how and open the doors of your home to young students. Becoming a host family in Canada is easier than you think! The steps to becoming a host family in Canada are as follows.
Easier than you think! Steps to become a host family in Canadá
- Read about what is required of you, to make sure this is something you really want to do. You can find out what is required of you by clicking this link and scrolling to the FAQ section.
- Once you know what is required of you, you need to be sure that you meet the minimum requirements of eligibility. They are: a) have a suitable, private bedroom available for an international student; b) have at least two people living in your household (including yourself!); c) speak English in the home (our international students are here, in part, to master the English language!); d) Be willing to share your home with a new family member.
- Now that you have read the FAQ, and met the minimum requirements, you can apply by clicking this form and following the instructions
- Once you submit your application; one of our representatives will give you a call to verify your basic information. Then, they will send you an enhanced application form to complete, which includes information about your home, location, family, pets, hobbies … just about everything!
- Now we’re getting close, but we’re not quite done! We still need to do a home visit. This is our way of verifying that the student will be staying in a safe and welcoming bedroom.
- Once the home visit is complete, and you are approved (I’m sure you will be!), we still need a few additional documents. You, and everyone in your home over the age of 18, will need to complete a criminal record check. Don’t worry, we reimburse you if there is a cost!
- Our host family platform is quite advanced – in fact it looks more like a vacation rental site! – so we are now going to send a photographer over to take some pictures of your home and your family.
- That’s it, you’re ready to host your first international student! You get to control when you want to host a student – you can mark your availability right in the platform.
Red Leaf Host family program: We know that you can be the best choose
We are sure that when you become a host family with Red Leaf, and catch that hosting bug, you will want to continue. Continuing is easy; you’ve already got your host family profile set up on our secure platform.
Just let us know when you are available and we will keep the enquiries coming!