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CAPS-I Mission, Mandate, & Beliefs

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Canadian Association of Public Schools-International is committed to advocacy and promotion of international education programs in Canadian public schools.

The Mandate of CAPS-I is to:

  • Foster a collaborative approach in the promotion of international education opportunities across Canada
  • Act as a forum for sharing information about international education in public schools
  • Ensure that all member programs adhere to the prescribed practices related to ‘Student Care & Support, Homestay Screening & Selection, Homestay Monitoring & Support & Working with Partners/Agents’
  • Serve as a resource for K-12 international student programs
  • Promote a unified “Canadian” approach to international education practices across the country
  • Initiate, facilitate, and coordinate joint marketing activities
  • Become a provincially, nationally, and internationally recognized organization
  • Act as an advocate for K-12 international education
  • Collaborate with provincial and federal governments and international educational groups within and outside of Canada
  • International education strengthens public education in Canada
  • Public schools in Canada must provide excellent international education programming to international students
  • Ongoing support is essential to maximize success for international students in schools and homestays


  • International students provide a complementary,  enriching experience to the Canadian multi-cultural mosaic
  • The presence of international programs assist Canadian staff and students in preparing for life in the global community of the future
  • The multi-national relationships developed through international programs will result in long term benefits for Canada
  • Investment in international education programs in public schools is beneficial for sustainability and growth of international programs in a competitive, world-wide market

Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

CAPS-I is committed to understanding and combatting racism and ensuring that this is reflected in the life and culture of the association through our policies, promotions, and practices by:

  • purposefully identifying, discussing and navigating issues of racism and the impact it has on our association and its people.
  • holding ourselves, our communities and stakeholders accountable to gain a better understanding, recognize and act against any inequities.
  • learning about and supporting all people and communities regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, ability, identity, orientation and perspective.
  • developing and working with our Board of Directors and Understanding & Combatting Racism Committee around strategies that address racism within the broader academic and business communities to which CAPS-I is connected.