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About BC K-12 International Student Homestay Guidelines

The purpose of the BC K-12 International Student Homestay Guidelines is to provide consistent, province-wide best practice standards for BC’s K-12 homestay sector. The Guidelines were developed between October 2014 and June 2015 by a working group comprised of K-12 school district, independent school and Ministry of Education representatives. These Guidelines were subsequently consulted on with the K-12 sector in the spring of 2015. They represent the commonly-held view on industry best-practice.

Homestay and Legislation

Federal, provincial and municipal laws apply to homestays. It is the responsibility of each of the groups described in this document to be familiar with applicable legislation. Groups are each responsible for seeking legal advice as needed.