Brenda st jean

Brenda St. Jean

Welcome to Homestay!

Homestay is the opportunity to experience the comfort and support of a Canadian family interested in making a visiting student feel "at home" in their home. Canada Homestay Network's reputation for quality hosts in major centres across Canada has been earned one host at a time through a careful selection and matching process.

With the aid of homestay guidelines, orientation meetings, safety advisories and tips for successful adaptation to a new environment, we lay the groundwork for each student's success. In addition, there is an experienced team ready to respond 24 hours a day to support the homestay experience. In the event of an unsuccessful match, a student will be moved at no extra charge.

An additional optional service available to students and their families is same-language Intercultural Support provided in advance of departure, after arrival, and for the duration of the student's stay, as required. For some families, it is very reassuring to have a contact in Ottawa who speaks their own language, is well-versed in school and homestay issues, and is a part of the school/homestay "team". Please contact me for details on the languages in which this service is offered and the applicable fees.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you to make Ottawa your home away from home.

Executive Relationship Manager

Relationship Managers

  • Hilary Rust (+1-613-686-6764, Ext. 2045 ) for students at the following schools:
    • Glebe Collegiate Institute
    • Lisgar Collegiate Institute
    • Ridgemont High School
    • John McCrae Secondary School
    • Canterbury High School
    • Hillcrest High School
    • Earl of March Secondary School
    • Woodroffe High School
    • Brookfield High School
    • Merivale High School
    • Nepean High School
    • AY Jackson Secondary School
    • YPLS-Young People's Language School
  • Kaitlyn Poisson (+1-613-686-6764, Ext. 2066 ) for students at the following schools:
    • Gloucester High School
    • Bell High School
    • Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School
    • South Carleton High School
    • West Carleton Secondary School
    • Sir Robert Borden High School
    • Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School
    • Cairine Wilson Secondary School
    • Colonel By Secondary School
    • Maple Ridge Elementary School
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