Why we are implementing this fee
Hosting a student is a big commitment for each family. Planning meals requires a lot of shopping, preparation, and expense. Students with special diets or requirements are difficult to accommodate and depend heavily on specialized family availability.
Adding an exceptional dietary request fee is necessary to secure a specialized family and properly compensate them for the additional cost and effort.
How does it work
During application, students must identify their exceptional dietary requests using the online application. The more detail the student provides, the more successful the future homestay is likely to be.
Note that by selecting exceptional dietary requests may exclude a homestay family which meets other placement preferences.
Students or host families may also identify an exceptional dietary situation after the student arrives at the home. Please note that the assigned host families may not be able to accommodate this change and it could result in an unsatisfactory fit. It is vital to know dietary requests prior to homestay placement.
What to expect
Exceptional dietary requests will require the student and homestay to discuss the specifics of the student’s preferences and requirements. This can be an ongoing discussion. Mealtimes are an important part of the student’s experience, and they should make all efforts to be home for meals. The standard Canadian diet consists of three meals plus reasonable snacks.
Process and Fee collection
Once a student has identified a potential for exceptions dietary requests, the Homestay team will review the request and determine the suitable type of fee. There are two fees.
1. Gluten Free, Vegan $250.00 per month *
- Gluten Sensitivity
- (possible) high protein athlete
- High calorie athlete
- Or a hybrid as determined by the Homestay team
2. Preferences, Desirables and Others $150.00 per month *
- Organic foods
- Dining out requests
- Regional cuisine
- Lactose intolerance
- Low- carbohydrate/ high- fat
- Belief-based foods, such as Buddhist, Halal, Kosher, etc.
- Junk food snacks
- Vegetarian type diets ( Lacto-vegetarian, Ovo-vegetarian, Lacto-ovo vegetarian, Pescatarian)
*All fees listed are in Canadian dollars, see tuition fee page.
Any changes and fees will begin at the beginning of the next month, with reasonable notice. Students and hosts would be expected to make things work until then.