International Student Boarding

Homestay

Living with a family is a great way for international students to improve their language skills and learn about Canadian culture by living with a Canadian family during their studies. Host families will include students in meaningful family activities, like cooking meals, conversations and excursions.

Our primary homestay provider is The Canada Homestay Network (CHN). The CHN offers students warm and welcoming homestays and related custodianship services so that they feel well supported during their program of study in Canada. Students can participate in homestay for a minimum of 3 months, but most choose to stay and study for a full school year (10 months).

More information can be found in our service fees document.

If you are interested in this option you should apply directly to our homestay service provider, The Canada Homestay Network.

If you are looking at accommodation only options, we suggest you explore Homadorma, which is like Airbnb for homestay.
 

Testimonials

“My son is enjoying the experience especially with the current family that he is staying with. We have visited the family twice since he moved in and we find it very safe. The benefit is that he is integrated into the everyday life of an average Canadian like taking buses and train to school and back, take home cooked meals and sharing in family life. This is different from a regular boarding school life. Overall, it is great.”

– F. Iwuala
Mother of Blyth Academy Downsview Park student
 
 
*Homestay providers are independent organizations and operate separately from Blyth Academy

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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