Elementary and Secondary (short term and long term stays)

Elementary and Secondary – An English Education, a Bilingual Future!

We are an English public school board offering the curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education of Québec. Students can enjoy the experience of living in either a cosmopolitan, bilingual city, or festive, artistic picturesque villages with plenty of outdoor activities for all ages, all year round. We offer students from abroad the opportunity to study in English and at the same time experience the uniqueness of the French speaking community.

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board accepts international students in 26 elementary schools and in 9 high schools from grade 1 to grade 11, which is Graduation year in Quebec. Students may indicate their school preference, however, placement in schools is based on the address of the parent or legal guardian and is subject to space availability at the school of choice.

The student will be placed in a grade according to their age on September 30 of that school year, however, we reserve the right to determine the school and grade placement.

We offer:

  • full-year stays (10-months)
  • short-term stays (minimum 2 weeks)
  • winter camps (minimum 20 participants)

All our schools and centres are automatically designated learning institutions (DLI’s) by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

We have 2 different lodging options: homestay through either The Canada Homestay Network or MLI Homestay or dormitories at the Cosmodome Aerospace Museum in Laval. Homestay is only available for students in high school from grades 7 to 11.


To further inquire about our programs in the Youth Sector or to apply, please contact us at isp@swlauriersb.qc.ca or by phone at 450-621-5600 extension 4142. You may also visit the Documents and Brochures section of our website for more details.

In order to evaluate your application, you will be requested to email the following documents:

  • Youth Application Package (filled and signed)
  • Valid passport
  • Copy of your original birth certificate, notarized and translated into English. Translations must be signed and notarized. Photocopies must be certified.
  • Copy of latest original transcripts, translated into English. Translations must be signed. Photocopies must be certified with the issuing school’s stamp.

If you would like to further inquire about HOMESTAY, kindly contact one of the two organizations below.

Canada Homestay Network (Laval): montrealinfo@canadahomestaynetwork.ca Telephone: (514) 907-0028 x 2052.
MLI Homestay (Laurentides/Lanaudiere): fmubeen@mlihomestay.com / kash@mlihomestay.com or by phone at 416-646-5405 x 515.

Homestay organizations ensure that each family in their program can provide: a furnished room, nutritious meals  and a wholesome family environment. Each family interested in hosting an international student has to go through a rigorous selection process. A full inspection of the home and a security background check are all part of the precautions taken to ensure the safety of the students. Families that are selected may come from different backgrounds and origins. These families tend to have middle to upper socioeconomic status. They vary in number, from having younger or older children, to even some with no children or children who have already left home. The international student has the opportunity to choose whether he or she wants a French or English-speaking family based on availability.