Host International Students

From all over the world

International students are looking forward to experiencing life in Canada and being welcomed into your home

During students stay, host families are asked to provide

Home environment

A warm, safe, caring environment and encouragement to join in family life and daily activities

Language at home

An English only (for ESL students) or French only (for FSL students) environment at home


A comfortable private bedroom with a bed (including bedding), a door, window, desk, dresser and closet


3 nutritious meals a day and healthy snacks, with a minimum of one meal per day eaten together as a family

Student support

Support and guidance from the host family for the students as they settle into school and their community


The same respect and attention you would provide a loved one traveling from overseas

What makes a host great?

MLI Homestay is a network of host families across Canada who are culturally diverse, come in all shapes and sizes, and come from all walks of life.


Dedication to providing a home away from home


Patience and being aware of student’s needs


Interest in other cultures from around the world


Helping students explore your community and province

Where are Homestays needed?

Host an International Student

MLI Homestay is always interested in meeting new hosts in communities across Canada.

We offer the opportunity to welcome visitors that come for short and long-term programmes.


How has being a host changed your life?

We have a beautiful country with lots to offer students….how amazing to share these memories which we know these students will talk about for years…


Cornwall, Ontario

We have been hosting students with MLI for 5 years.  The experience of providing a home for students from other countries has been so amazing both for us and the students we have hosted.

Liz Laforest

Nanaimo, British Columbia

We’ve been hosting with MLI since September 2021. Our coordinator is fantastic, an advocate for the parents and for the students. Highly recommend MLI Homestay.

Rock and Tracy Beaulieu

Stittsville, Ontario