Apply to host an international guest!

Before you submit your application, please make sure you read the information below.

Being a host family is an unforgettable experience that brings amazing opportunities for all family members by making a difference in the life of someone who will remember your kindness forever. Hosting allows you to create a network of friends and new "family members" across the world.  

The Application Process

MLI Homestay takes time to get to know you and your family so that we can be sure that our host families and visitors are receiving the highest level of support and service.

Once your online application has been received, a representative of MLI Homestay will review the details and be in contact with you to verify the details and ensure that any missing information is completed. 

Reference Check

We will ask for two references to be listed on your application form.  We will contact these two references to discuss the program and listen to their reasons for recommending you to become an MLI Host Family.  

Home Visit

We will contact you to set up an appointment to visit your family at home.  At this time we will discuss the requirements of the host family and the expectations of the visitor who will be staying in your home.  You will have a chance to learn more about MLI Homestay, our services and our staff. We will share the Host Family Agreement with you and review the details before asking you to sign your agreement.  You will receive a welcome package which includes a Guide to Hosting.  We will be taking some pictures so that we will be able to include photos of your home and family in the Host Family Profile that is provided to your guest. We will also complete a Home Inspection and Safety Checklist to ensure that your home meets the safety requirements for hosting a guest. 

Criminal Records Check 

To complete your application we will also require a Criminal Records Check for all members of your household who are 18 years or over. 

The Criminal Record Check can be done at your local police station.  You may be required to pay a fee of up to $50 per person for this documentation. The online option can be completed via a link that will be sent to you from your MLI Homestay Coordinator and a fee of approximately $30 per person will apply.   If you have already obtained a Criminal Records Check for employment and the check is currently with your employer, a copy of that document or a letter from your supervisor confirming the status of the check will suffice. All Criminal Records Checks must have been completed within the last three years. 


Your information will be updated in our database and our team will work on matching you with an international visitor that has chosen to visit/study in your community. When the right visitor’s profile comes along you will be contacted by the Homestay Coordinator, matched and receive a profile of your guest prior to their arrival. 


We will invite your family to an orientation session in your area to help prepare for the guest’s arrival. 


MLI Homestay will provide compensation to the family for hosting once the guest has arrived. 


MLI Homestay will keep in touch with you throughout your guest’s stay to ensure you have all the support you need. We offer 24/7 support for our guests and host families.   You will be invited to join the MLI Homestay Community via our Social Media to interact with other host families, receive tips on hosting and share your heart-warming stories. 

Join our network of host families across Canada today!