Our mental and physical health has an enormous impact on our everyday lives. If we are happy and healthy, almost anything is possible. This month is National Health Month, meaning it is the perfect moment to consider some of the steps that we can take to improve our own health, as well as the health of others around us. 

Whether it’s a new sport or hobby, or simply time spent with host families and friends, there are a number of ways that children can stay happy and healthy while in Canada. Read on to find out some of the actions that students can take to stay healthy while studying and living abroad.

Students Can Exercise Regularly While Studying in Canada

Regular exercise is an effective way to boost physical and mental health. Students attending public schools in Canada might have the chance to try various team sports. Some of Canada’s most popular sports include:

This is good for physical health, as your child will maintain a good level of fitness while also having fun. Your child might even discover a hidden talent for a new sport while they study at a Canadian high school that they could enjoy well into adulthood!

Regular exercise is also proven to improve mental health by increasing self-esteem and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. As well as this, your child may develop friendships while playing team sports!

Team sports are good for physical and mental health

Students Eat Well When They Study at a Canadian High School

The food that we consume can have a big impact on how we think and feel. If your child eats too much sugar, fat, or carbohydrates, they might feel lethargic and irritable. 

At CAPS-I, we select our host families carefully. Our host families care about your child and will make sure that they receive three nourishing meals a day, as well as snacks. This includes traditional Canadian and North American food, so that your child can learn more about Canadian culture.

Your child may also have the opportunity to share some of their favourite traditional dishes with their host family. Canada is a very diverse country, and so it’s easy to access foods and ingredients from all over the world. 

Mental Health Is Also Important for Students Living Abroad in Canada

Mental health is just as important as physical health. International public school students will have access to a wide network of supportive and trustworthy adults that they can talk to about any worries or concerns that they may have. Students living abroad in Canada will also have the chance to make new friends with Canadians and other study abroad students.

As well as this, they will be able to regularly connect with friends and family back home to help manage any feelings of homesickness.

Students will have a wide support network of people to talk to

Wherever your child chooses to study in Canada, their safety, health, and wellbeing will be a top priority. There will always be support available. 

Does your child want to apply to school in Canada?

Contact CAPS-I for more information!

Looking to keep busy this summer?! Improve your language proficiency, learn a new skill or explore a potential career path while making new friends in a virtual summer program.

The following CAPS-I members, language schools and post-secondary institutions are offering virtual summer programs for ‘junior’ international students:


Language & Activity Programs:

Brock University


Embassy Summer

Grand Yellowhead Public School Division


Kaplan International Languages (EDT & PDT)

Lakehead University

Richmond School District

Tamwood (EDT  & PDT)

Thompson Rivers University

Trent University

University of Toronto Mississauga & CultureWorks


General English                                                                  English Through Subjects/Themes

Brock University                                                              Kaplan International Languages (EDT & PDT)

CES                                                                                 Oxford International

ILAC                                                                                University of Toronto Mississauga & CultureWorks

Kaplan International Languages (EDT & PDT)               Westfield

Oxford International                                                      Lakehead University

Trent University                                                              KPU Music Technology

University of Toronto Mississauga & CultureWorks


Career Exploration / Preparation


Stafford House/CATS


Trent University

University of Toronto Mississauga & CultureWorks

Whistler Adventure School – Rock Guide

Whistler Adventure School – Bike Guide


Language Test Prep                                                            University / College Prep

Brock University                                                               Brock University     

ILAC                                                                                  Kaplan International Languages (EDT & PDT)

Kaplan International Languages (EDT & PDT)                 Stafford House/CATS        

Paragon Testing – CAEL Test Prep                                    Tamwood

Tamwood                                                                          University of Toronto Mississauga & CultureWorks


Teacher Training

University of Toronto Mississauga & Culture Works

The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed life for everyone. Families are staying at home to stop the spread of the virus, with students and parents studying and working remotely.

International students and their families have had to make difficult decisions over the last few months. Many students have had to choose whether to stay with their host families in Canada or return home to their loved ones.

According to advice from the Government of Canada aimed at international students: “making the choice to stay at home and to not travel outside of Canada is the best way to protect yourself, your family and the most vulnerable groups in our communities from the spread of COVID-19”. As well as this, returning home may not currently be an option for all international students. This means that a large number of international students have chosen to quarantine in Canada with their homestay family. In fact, between 40-80% of international students enrolled in Canadian public schools are staying in communities across Canada. Here are some of the ways host families are supporting international students during this unprecedented time.

More Host Family Time for Students in Homestays in Canada

Our international student homestay program is designed to give international students the opportunity to improve their language skills and learn about Canadian culture. When students study abroad at a Canadian public school, they are carefully matched to a homestay family based on shared interests. This means that students can practice their language skills while being well-supported and partaking in fun family activities. In quarantine, there will be even more of these opportunities within the home.

While the current situation is unprecedented, international students and their host families are capitalizing on this quality time together, improve language skills, and familiarizing themselves with each other’s culture.

Fun Activities for Families

There are a number of ways that students have been keeping busy with their homestay families including:

These activities help international students maintain a routine, stay healthy, and even have fun while staying home. It can be a wonderful time to start a new hobby or develop a new skill, whether it be baking fresh bread, drawing beautiful pictures, or learning a little yoga. Homestay families are working hard to make the best of the situation and help international students feel safe, welcomed, and cared for during this difficult time.

Staying in Contact with Family and Friends Back Home Using Video Calls

Staying in contact with friends and family at home is an important part of navigating this crisis together. For those in a  homestay program in Canada, it can be difficult to be away from their friends and family back home, especially during this difficult time. We encourage all students to stay in touch with their families using video calls, phone calls, and other methods.

Do you want to find out more about Canadian schools for international students?

Contact CAPS-I today to learn more! 

Canadian high schools for international students

When your child studies abroad in Canada, they will have a large and reliable support network, including teachers, international program staff, and a host family who will help them to integrate and meet new people. In addition, your child will have many opportunities to make new friends!

Moving to a new and unfamiliar country can be challenging at times—especially as a young person. Read on to find out some of the ways that children can make new friends in Canada.

Encourage Your Child to Join a Club at Canadian High Schools

One of the best ways that your child can make new friends when they study in Canadian public schools is to join an extracurricular club. This is a great way to meet new people outside of the classroom.

Your child could pursue their passion for robotics, art, music, theatre, or sports by joining a club and meeting other students who have a similar interest. Different schools will have different extracurricular activities on offer, and this is something that you and your child can explore when researching schools.

Your child could make friends at an afterschool club

Your child could make friends at an afterschool club

Speaking with Classmates Can Help Your Child Develop Friendships

It might sound simple, but saying hi to classmates and starting conversations with them can make all the difference. It can be scary to enter a classroom in a new country with new people and introduce yourself. However, this is great life experience and the confidence your child can gain at Canadian high schools will help them throughout their schooling and beyond.

Encourage your child to be brave and speak to other kids in their classes. Just saying ‘hi’ could be the start of a great friendship! Having friends in class could also help your child academically, as they will be able to work together on homework and group projects.

Encourage Your Child to Say Yes to Activities!

If your child is shy, they might be tempted to turn down invitations to hang out or attend trips. However, when studying in a new country, it’s important to say yes to new invitations. This will give your child the opportunity to meet new people and have new experiences.

There might be school organized activities and trips that your child can go on. They could explore the area, try a new sport, discover new foods, and more!

If your child is invited to do something with new friends, encourage them to say yes!

If your child is invited to do something with new friends, encourage them to say yes!

Social Media Can Help Your Child Make New Friends

Lastly, make sure that your child has a working phone with internet so that they can use social media networks like Facebook and Instagram if they want. This is a good way of staying in contact with new friends.

Students often make groups on Facebook to organize activities, so this is a great way to connect with people!

Studying at a high school in Canada is a great way to make friends from all over the world. If they are not a native English speaker, your child will also be able to improve their English language skills by spending time with native speakers.

Do you want to find out more about Canadian high schools for international students?

Contact CAPS-I today!

International study program

While attending school in Canada, you will have endless opportunities to improve your language skills in English or French—or both. Whether you’re making friends with locals, doing homework, or watching TV, you will find yourself immersed in the language.

Read on to find out how you can improve your language skills fast when in Canada.

Avoid Using Translators When You Study in Canada

Thanks to modern technology, it has never been easier to quickly translate a word or a sentence. However, while this can speed up the conversation, it can actually slow down your learning. You are more likely to remember a word and improve your language skills if you spend some time trying to explain it without a translator. Think about how to describe the word, or even use hand gestures! It will also mean that you won’t feel panicked the second you’re out in the world without your trusted Google Translate.

Change Your Phone or Device Language Into English or French

The main reason that students develop language skills so quickly when they are living in another country is because they are completely immersed in the language. Changing your default phone, tablet, or laptop language to English of French will help you improve your reading and vocabulary while you study at a Canadian high school.

You will quickly pick up the vocabulary for your device functions and settings. This will naturally improve your language skills without you even realizing it!

study at Canadian high school

Changing your phone language to English or French will improve your reading and vocabulary

Make Friends With Native Speakers

The best way to improve your language skills while you study in Canada is to practice with native speakers. When you’re at school, you can make friends with native speakers and improve your language skills at the same time!

If you live with a host family, you will have daily opportunities to speak with native speakers. This will improve your listening skills, as you will need to listen and understand native speakers who speak at a normal pace. It will also improve your pronunciation.

Don’t Be Scared to Make Mistakes

One of the main things that holds students and young people back from learning a language is fear. If you’re too scared to speak in English or French with your classmates or host family, then you will get less practice and slow down your progress.

Try to focus on communicating what you want to say and expressing yourself, and worry about getting the grammar right later! No one is going to judge you for making mistakes. They will be happy that you are making an effort to learn their language, and will be supportive. Let them know if you want them to correct you during the conversation, or if you prefer to save any corrections for the classroom!

study in Canada

The more you practice, the more you will learn

Learn Phrases, Not Just Words

When you’re learning a new language, you might just learn one word at a time. You may even keep a vocabulary book where you add new words. One way to speed up your learning is to focus on learning phrases or pairs of words instead. Not only will this help you to learn a wider vocabulary, but it will also help you to remember the context those words are used in.

Do you want to improve your language skills with an international study program?

Contact CAPS-I to find out more about studying in Canada!

public international high schools

An increasing number of students from all over the world are choosing to study at public high schools in Canada because of the high quality of our education system and safe and tolerant society.

Graduating from a Canadian high school puts students in a good position for further education. Students will have better access to top universities and colleges. They will also learn crucial skills that will help them to succeed in their future studies and beyond.

Find out how attending a Canadian public school can help prepare your child for success at university.

Students Can Improve Their Language Skills with a Canadian Secondary School Education

Canada is unique in North America because students can choose to study in French, English, or in both languages. At Canadian public schools, there is a widespread availability of English Language Leaner (ELL) and French Language Learner (FLL) services, meaning that students can receive support as they adjust to studying in Canada.

Canadian high school education

Canadian public schools offer ELL and FLL services to students

Speaking more than one language can provide many benefits to students as they apply to and begin their studies at university. Firstly, they will have more options to choose from, as they could choose to study at a Francophone or Anglophone university anywhere in the world. In addition, studies have shown that being multilingual offers many cognitive advantages, including greater empathy, mental flexibility, and better concentration. For students preparing for university, these benefits can be especially helpful.

Canadian High School Diplomas Are Internationally Recognized

A Canadian high school diploma is recognized by universities and colleges across the world. The Canadian secondary school education system is known to be of high quality, rigorous, and fair. This means that if students want to pursue post-secondary education in another country, they may not need to take any additional tests. For example, most universities in the UK accept candidates with a Canadian secondary school diploma with at least 5 grade 12 courses.

As well as this, a number of Canadian public schools offer globally recognized programs such as International Baccalaureate.

A High-Quality Education with Engaged Teachers and Access to Modern Technology

Canada spends more on education per capita than any other country in the G8, and this is evident in the high-quality teaching standards and educational technology and materials found in its public schools.

At public international high schools in Canada, student learning is enhanced and supported by the latest in technology, equipment and resources. This access to leading edge resources means that students will have the opportunity to develop digital skills and feel supported in their studies.

Canadian public schools offer an engaged, learner-centered approach to education. This helps foster a positive learning experience, tailored to student-specific needs which encourages students to keep learning throughout life as they progress to university and beyond.

Do you want to find out more about a Canadian high school education?

Contact CAPS-I for more information!

international student programs

One of the best ways for international students to learn about Canadian culture and improve their English language skills is to stay with a host family. Homestay programs can help students gain more from their international studies. This is because through a homestay, students can gain a network of native English speakers to practice speaking with, as well as daily insight into Canadian culture, including its cuisine.

Read on to learn more about what homestays have to offer.

Host Families Are Carefully Selected and Matched with Students

All of our host families are carefully selected to ensure that students can stay in a warm, welcoming, and friendly living environment.

Before arriving, all students in international student programs must complete an application form listing their interests, hobbies, dietary requirements, and other details. Every effort is made to match families to students with shared interests, whether it be sports or theatre!

Students Can Improve English Language Skills Quickly with Homestay Programs in Canada

Many students choose to study in Canada to improve their English or French language skills. Living with a host family will help give your child more opportunity to improve their English or French language skills, as they will be immersed in the language.

Students who live with host families pick up the language much quicker than those who don’t. This is because living with native English or French speakers means that students develop an ‘ear’ for the language and practice their conversational skills on a regular basis.

Homestays Help Students Learn About Canadian Culture

Living with a Canadian homestay family can be a culturally enriching experience. Whether going to watch a sports game, or simply listening to the radio and watching Canadian TV shows, your child will have plenty of opportunity to learn more about Canadian culture.

Living with a host family provides many opportunities for embracing Canadian culture

Living with a host family provides many opportunities for embracing Canadian culture

Homestay families are also assessed on their willingness to include international students in family and community activities, and their interest and appreciation for learning about new cultures. By staying with a host family, your child will have the chance to enjoy many fun activities.

A Homestay Acts as a Home Away from Home

A child’s host family will be their home away from home while studying abroad. For many children, it might be their first time living away from family. It’s common to experience feelings of home sickness and staying with a host family can help combat this. In addition, all homestays will have working internet so that students can contact their family and friends to stay in touch while they study in Canada. International students truly become part of their ‘new’ family!

Student Safety Is a Priority

For Canadian public schools, child safety and welfare is a top priority. We understand that parents may be nervous about sending their child to live and study abroad. Fortunately, parents can feel safe in the knowledge that children in homestay programs in Canada have access to a wide support network, including international program staff, a homestay coordinator, their host family, and a custodian. These people will check in on a child’s personal safety and wellbeing regularly. As well as this, all homestay families go through a rigorous selection process and extensive background check, which includes a criminal record check and references. As a result, you can rest assured that your child will be looked after and supported during their stay.

Are you trying to find a Canadian elementary school for your child?

Contact CAPS-I to discover the opportunities on offer!

Canadian high school for international students

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an assessment designed to show how well students are able to apply the knowledge they have learned throughout their education. Created by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and designed by education experts around the world, the test has existed since 2000.

15-year-old students in Grade 10 are tested for proficiency in math, reading, and science. They are evaluated for their ability to comprehend their readings, work through math problems, and use reasoning to explain scientific phenomena. These rankings are an excellent indicator of the quality that educational systems offer. This year, the 2018 results have been released and Canada, once again, has ranked high on the list in all areas.

Continue reading to learn more about the excellent results achieved by Canadian schools.

The Rankings Achieved By Canadian High Schools

PISA tests students every 3 years, with the aim of seeing whether educational systems have improved since previous tests. It also provides a comparison amongst countries. The test not only looks at what students know about the subjects of science, reading, and math, but also how they use that knowledge and can apply it. This is an important aspect of performance to evaluate, as it indicates how well students truly understand their course material. It also shows how well students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge they learn in school to their lives, future studies and careers.

Canadian students have shown that they can apply their knowledge, rather than simply memorize facts

Canadian students have shown that they can apply their knowledge, rather than simply memorize facts

The 2018 test focused on the reading portion in particular. Out of the 79 countries that participated, Canada ranked 6th for reading scores, well ahead of the United States (13th), the United Kingdom (14th), New Zealand (12th), Ireland (8th), and Australia (16th). In fact, Canada placed above all five of these countries in every aspect of the test, including mathematics and science. In math, Canada ranked 12th, above Ireland (21st), New Zealand (27th), The United States (37th), the United Kingdom (18th), and Australia (29th). Finally, in science, Canadian students ranked 8th, again well ahead of Ireland (22nd), New Zealand (12th), the United States (18th), the United Kingdom (14th), and Australia (17th).

For parents looking for a quality international education for their child, this means that choosing a Canadian high school for international students places them in an educational system that has a proven track record of excellence.

Canadian High Schools Help Students Reach Their Full Potential

PISA tests students’ ability to solve problems, rather than how well they can recite or memorize facts learned in school. This is a way of assessing the concrete results of their education. Data from this test shows where students are most capable of solving unexpected problems using the skills, resources, and knowledge they have. The students who can do this best are well equipped to meet future challenges, as they’ll be able to tackle problems in creative, intelligent, and efficient ways.

Students at Canadian public schools are well-supported by their teachers

If you’re looking for an international student program in Canada for your child, you’re in the right place. Your child will be supported in an educational system that prepares students for the future. When students are accustomed to facing new experiences and using what they’ve learned to address a variety of diverse situations, they can feel confident tackling new challenges and unexpected situations. In fact, the 2018 PISA results noted that “Over 80 per cent of Canadian students are confident or very confident about their reading abilities, and students who are more confident tend to have higher scores, and vice versa.”

Are you considering an international education program for your child?

Contact CAPS-I for more information about public Canadian high schools.

study in Canada

It’s normal to care deeply about your child’s safety, especially if they are preparing to study and live abroad for the first time. It’s often at the top of a parent’s mind when they make choices for their child’s activities, schooling, and future. Fortunately, when you send your child to school in Canada, you can rest assured that it’s at the top of the minds of teachers, staff, and homestay families as well.

The Global Peace Index ranks Canada as the 6th most peaceful country in the world, and our public schools reflect the safe environment we are so fortunate to have. Our schools are places where children can feel at home and confident in their environment, free to seek support when needed. Continue reading to learn more about how your child’s safety is looked after in Canada!

Homestay Families Are Carefully Selected for Children who Study in Canada

When international students stay with homestay families, the selection process promotes safety and security. Families are carefully selected and represent the safe, caring environment that Canada’s public schools are known for. Homestay supervisors, custodians, and program coordinators are involved with international students and check in on their personal safety and wellbeing regularly.

It is our belief that “ongoing support is essential to maximize success for international students in schools and homestays,” which is an important part of our mandate. This means that your child won’t feel they have been left behind or are on their own. Not only are homestay families carefully vetted, but they provide a safe and welcoming presence for students. When your child travels to study at Canadian high school or elementary school, they will be surrounded by kind, caring people who care deeply about their wellbeing.

Canadian Public Schools Are Able to Protect the Health and Safety of Students

While emergency situations are rare events, Canadian public schools are prepared to help students in unexpected situations. If students are sick or injured, they will be able to rely on health care or medical insurance from their program. If they have to go to see a doctor or make a hospital visit, this will be covered by their plan.

Emergency plans and procedures are also in place within Canada’s education system. Specific training for emergencies at schools prepares for cooperation between first responders and partners if ever the need should arise. Staff training, tip reporting, and incident management at schools keep students happy and healthy, and prepares schools for dealing quickly with accidents or injuries.

When students know they are safe at school, they can focus on their classes and making new friends

When students know they are safe at school, they can focus on their classes and making new friends

When Your Child Applies to a School in Canada, They Will Find Mental Wellness Support

We understand that personal safety goes beyond physical security. The mental health and wellness of public school students in Canada is also important. Children spend a large part of their day at school, so this is the perfect environment for them to feel they can be supported in adjusting to life in Canada. Issues like bully prevention and mutual respect are strong themes in our public schools and also promote a sense of safety and comfort for students. With the support of dedicated staff and teachers, students can address their concerns and know that help is available to them. When you send your child to study in Canada, your concerns about their mental wellbeing can be calmed by the warm and accepting atmosphere they will be immersed in.

Your child can feel they have teachers they can talk to about their concerns

Would you like for your child to apply to school in Canada?

Contact CAPS-I to learn more about our member schools!


April 26 – 28, 2020 – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

CAPS-I’s Annual Conference and AGM will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC from Sunday, April 26 to Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The Association is pleased to offer a full 2-day conference schedule with 2 pre-conference workshop options as well as networking events and sightseeing tour followed by the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 29th.

The 2020 Conference is expected to attract 400 delegates from across Canada.

Throughout the 3 days, there will be plenary sessions, professional development workshops and panel discussions.

Conference program and registration details to follow in January, 2020.

2021 Summer Camp Information

The following public school district members of CAPS-I are offering short term summer camp programs for international students.  For further details about each program, click on the respective name/link below:





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Parents choose a Canadian public education for their children for a number of reasons. When looking for a world-class public school with opportunities to study in English, French, or in both languages, Canada is often the first country that people think of. Canada is also known for its diversity and welcoming atmosphere. Surrounded by other students from different backgrounds, they feel as though they belong and will be able to relate to their peer group.

When preparing your child for a bright future academically and professionally, there are many reasons why a Canadian public education could be the best fit. In fact, public schools are the primary choice for the majority of Canadian students. Continue reading to learn more!

Public Education in Canada Is World-Class

No matter where your child’s future leads them, a Canadian education will be an asset. Canadian public high school diplomas are recognized by post-secondary schools all over the world. Whether you are preparing your child to attend higher level institutions in Canada, at home, or elsewhere in the world, you can trust that their graduation credential will be valued and respected.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducts measurements of scholastic performance by students. This is done every three years, worldwide, in the categories of math, science, and reading. In the most recent report, Canada was ranked among the top ten countries in all three categories. Canadian public schools placed well above Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the United States, and Ireland. This means that you can trust that your child will receive excellent instruction, assistance, and guidance to work towards achieving their goals.

A wide variety of learning opportunities are available in Canada’s public schools

Resources Are Invested into Canadian Public Schools

Canada invests more into its public schools than any other country in the G7. In addition, the professionals working in Canada’s public school system are also invested in and held to a high standard. In Canada, teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree and 1 year of practical training. Many teachers also have a master’s degree in addition to their bachelor’s. Teachers are lifelong learners and engage in continuous professional development to update their knowledge and skills. Choosing a public education in Canada gives your child access to one of the best education systems in the world, where they can excel and be supported by excellent educators.

Equality Is a an Important Part of the Canadian Public School System

Students show outstanding performance in Canada’s public schools. There is minimal variation between different schools, which demonstrates how the quality of schools remains consistent across all provinces in Canada .

Another aspect of the Canadian public education system that sets it apart from many other countries is how quickly the children of migrant families integrate into Canadian schools and how well they perform. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has even observed that in Canadian schools, the children of migrant families are more likely to feel that they belong. This demonstrates the ease with which students can integrate into Canadian public schools after arriving from their home country. It also shows just how important equality and acceptance are to the Canadian public school system.

 Canadian public schools work hard to help all students succeed

Contact CAPS-I to learn more about our member schools!

From May 27th – 30th, 2019 CAPS-I will be hosting a mission to Mexico City for 23 member school boards from 7 provinces. The mission will consist of seminars, 1:1 meetings and informal networking opportunities with agency representatives throughout Mexico.

The following public school district members of CAPS-I are offering short term summer camp programs for international students.  For further details about each program, click on the respective name/link below:







Our 2019 Conference was a great success with over 320 delegates from all 10 provinces.  Over 50 sessions were offered throughout the 3 days.  Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support for our annual event.  We look forward to our 2020 conference in Vancouver, BC. 


From February 11-12, 2019 CAPS-I hosted a mission in Milan, Italy for 23 member school boards from 7 provinces. The mission consisted of seminars, 1:1 meetings and informal networking opportunities with agency representatives from Italy, Switzerland, France and Belgium.

From February 11-12, 2019 CAPS-I will be hosting a mission to Milan, Italy for 23 member school boards from 7 provinces.  The mission will consist of seminars, 1:1 meetings and informal networking opportunities with agency representatives from throughout Italy, Switzerland and France.