Living with a Canadian family provides international students with a caring and supportive family environment. It gives students a chance to learn about Canadian culture, customs, and lifestyle.

RMISP handles its own homestay program and students are placed with carefully-selected host families. Each family provides a safe (host parents undergo Criminal Record Checks), and comfortable home environment as well as a private bedroom for the student with facilities for studying, and three healthy meals (and snacks) each day.

Our host families are an integral part of RMISP. Their active and enthusiastic participation in our program enhances each student's cultural experience and contributes to the maximization of their time in Canada.

We have six Homestay Coordinators who look after an average of 30 each. They make sure each student is placed with a family who is the best possible match and support students as well as host families with their experience.


RMISP is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing families who are interested in welcoming international students into their homes. Hosting a student is a rewarding cultural and personal experience. Some of our host families have been participating in our program for many years!

We have a wide variety of hosting situations available throughout the year. Time periods range from a month to a year or more for students participating in a graduation-track program (three years). Student ages range from 13 - 19 years.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, click here now! Please contact us or apply online if you meet the following minimum criteria:

  • You have an extra bedroom in your home
  • Everyone 18 and older in your home submits a Criminal Records Check
  • English is the primary language spoken in your home
  • You have the time and energy necessary to welcome a new member of the family into your lives

To contact the Homestay Coordinator in your community, please visit our Staff Directory.  

For instructions for our online homestay application and the Homestay Participation Form, please click here.