host family program

At REIA our host family program provides students with a home away from home!

Conveniently located in the Niagara Region, St. Catharines is a mid-sized city that enjoys a lot of small town benefits. Students usually travel by bike, public transport or walk to school. Many of our host families are located nearby to the school which provides a great benefit for students in their daily commute.

Our host families are dedicated to providing an authentic Canadian experience by including you into their everyday life. In addition to gaining a welcoming host family, you will receive:

  • A comfortable bedroom
  • Home-cooked meals
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Parental guidance
  • Immersion in an English-speaking home
  • Cultural guidance

Not only will you feel safe and secure, but these host families are great ambassadors for the Niagara region. They can expose you to the beauty that St.Catharines and its surrounding areas has. Some of the highlights throughout the year include:

  • Hiking along the Lake Ontario shoreline
  • The Annual St. Catharines Grape Stomp
  • A family trip to the beach
  • A bike tour throughout Niagara On The Lake
  • Hockey games and concerts at the Meridian Centre
  • Shopping at the malls and brand name outlet
  • Exploring the wonders of Niagara Falls
  • Being exposed to the beauty of the 4 seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)

As majority of our host families live close to the school, you can easily commute to and from school by walking, riding a bicycle, or taking the public transit.

We strive at placing you in a positive and fulfilling home arrangement. Good communication between REIA, the host parents and you is important to the success of your stay. In the unlikelihood of an unsuitable match, we make every effort to locate a replacement.

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