Students of the UCDSB International Education Program are immersed into the English language while living with a welcoming Canadian homestay family.

As an international student, you will encounter a new world of adventure when you stay with a carefully selected and pre-screened host family. These families share their home and provide students from other countries with an opportunity to experience Canadian culture, customs and language.  Our welcoming homestay families also invite students to share their homeland culture and experiences to the host family.

Being in the right home is critical to success and a student’s ability to adjust. Much care is taken to match the student to the best home for him or her. The Upper Canada District School Board has a partnership with the Canada Homestay Network – the largest and most experienced homestay company in Canada. They ensure that all homes are inspected prior to approval and they keep regular communication for the duration of the stay.

Homestay hosts provide students with a safe and nurturing home environment. Students will have a private bedroom and regular nutritious meals. Homestays will receive financial compensation on a set monthly basis to cover the additional expenses they incur by hosting a student. Spending money is the responsibility of the student and his or her natural parents. The hosts support and care for the student as their own child and the intention is to make him or her feel like a true member of the family.

We have assigned homestay coordinators available 24/7 to provide the host family and student with support and guidance.

Host a student

If you are interested in hosting an international student during their studies in Upper Canada, please contact Canada Homestay International at 1-877-441-4443 or visit

Relationship Managers


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Kirsten Falconer , Brockville & Area

Kirsten is the Relationship Manager for students at the following schools:

  • Athens District High School 
  • Brockville Collegiate Institute
  • Gananoque Secondary School

Carrie Barr, Brockville & Area

  • Thousand Islands Secondary School
  • South Grenville District High School
  • North Grenville District High School
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Lori Wilson, Lanark County/Rideau Lakes

Lori and Alicia are the Relationship Managers for students at the following schools:

  • Perth and District Collegiate Institute
  • Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute
  • Rideau District High School

Alicia Vachon, Lanark County/Carleton Place

Alicia and Lori are the Relationship Managers for students at the following schools:

  • Almonte and District High School
  • Carleton Place High School

Julie Whalley, Cornwall & Area

Julie is the Relationship Managers for students at the following schools:

  • St. Lawrence Secondary School
  • Tagwi Secondary School
  • CharLan District High School
  • Seaway District High School
  • Glengarry District High School

Eve Campbell, Cornwall & Area

Eve is the Relationship Managers for students at the following schools:

  • Char-Lan District High School 
  • Cornwall Collegiate Vocational School
  • North Dundas District High School 
  • Rockland District High School
  • Rothwell-Osnabruck Secondary School
  • Russell High School
  • Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute