Homestay and Student Support

A Window to Canadian Culture

Limestone offers international students the opportunity to live with a Canadian family while attending school in Kingston. For international students and their parents, this trusted network of local families offers many important benefits: a safe and secure living environment, an opportunity to develop English language through full immersion, and a gateway to experiencing Canadian life up close.


Student Support

Supporting international students comes hand-in-hand with homestay. Having hosted international students for decades, we understand the impact on students of studying abroad. On one hand, it is an exciting, life-changing experience. On the other hand, there are many challenges: being away from family and friends, living with a new “family” in an unfamiliar culture, and being expected to perform well in school in a new language. Studying abroad can put tremendous weight on the shoulders of international students. Limestone’s international education office has a highly experienced team to support their needs, all of whom are regular employees of the district.


An Internal Homestay Program

Limestone runs its own homestay program. The advantage? Better quality student support. Limestone dedicates two full-time employees to support its international homestay students. As regular employees of the school district, they have open access to schools. This allows them to see our students, and their school counsellors, almost every day, resulting in closer relationships with them and a better understanding of their needs. In practice, it is a round-the-clock responsibility that can involve anything from helping mediate problems in the homestay to monitoring school attendance, interpreting cultural differences between Canada and their home country, or even helping students use the local bus system. In fact, our homestay staff consider themselves as Canadian parents to

our homestay students.

How does Limestone Select Homestay Families?

We select the majority of our homestay families by referrals from within our trusted network of existing homestay families and their friends. Each homestay applicant is carefully screened to ensure their home is clean and meets proper safety standards. Most importantly, the family must be motivated by the idea of providing support and care to an international student, not simply a bedroom and meals. All applicants undergo police background checks, which must be updated every two years. Families whose primary interest is in providing international students a secure and caring cultural experience in Canada, not just a place to live, are approved as a host family.


Our Expectations of Homestay Families

Limestone expects homestay families to treat their host student just like one of their own children. International students are expected to be included in all regular family activities, such as meals, outings or trips, and recreation. Families monitor student achievement at school and advocate for students when required, such as at school or in the community.


Does Limestone Offer a Dormitory?

No, we do not offer a dormitory.


How Much Does Homestay Cost?

The homestay fee for 2017-18 is $800 per month. The homestay fee is paid to the International Education Office, which remits it directly to the homestay provider each month on the student's behalf.




International Education Office
Limestone District School Board
164 Van Order Drive, 1st Floor
Kingston, Ontario

K7M 1C1


(phone) 613-544-7745
(fax) 613-544-8997



Limestone District School Board is located in Kingston, Ontario, a small city of 120,000 people located at the eastern mouth of Lake Ontario. Kingston is rich in history, quality of life, and post-secondary education opportunities. With more Ph.D. holders per capita than any other Canadian city, Kingston is Canada's education capital.


Limestone District School Board is the gateway to many outstanding educational opportunities that await international students in Kingston. Your future here is bright!

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