Students younger than 19 years of age who come to Canada to study and who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian must be cared for by a responsible adult in Canada. This person is know as custodian. The custodian must be over 19 years of age, a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada and assume responsibility for the student. 

If you need assistance finding a custodian, Canada Royal Arts will assist in making custodianship arrangements for students under 19. If you wish us to make custodianship arrangements for you, please indicate this when you apply for homestay.  

The Custodianship Process

To establish a recognized Custodianship in Canada two notarized documents are required.

The first page needs to be signed by the person who will serve as the student’s Custodian. This document confirms that a local individual is available and willing to represent the parent’s interests in ensuring that the student has adequate care and support.

The second needs to be signed by the parents or legal guardians of the minor child and notarized in your home country. This document confirms that the natural parents give permission for the assigned Custodian to act on their behalf.

Upon receipt of a completed Application for Custodianship a draft custodian declaration will be forward to you. Once the accuracy of the information has been confirmed, Canada Royal Arts will arrange to have the document signed, notarized and then couriered to you so that it may be used in applying for a study permit to study in Canada.

Our Custodianship Criteria

Canada Royal Arts make available on request an appointed custodian to students who meet all the following criteria:

  • Be a Canada Royal Arts High School student registered in full-time studies
  • Be at least 16 years old and under the age of 19 (BC requirement)
  • Agree to find a new custodian when departing Canada Royal Arts High School 

Custodianship responsibilites

  • schedule and attend the admission meeting with the Admissions Coordinator
  • accompany the student to the appointment at the Reception, Orientation & Assessment Centre (secondary students)
  • accompany student to the school for registration
  • serve as official contact for the school in educational or behavioural matters
  • be aware of the student’s timetable
  • provide consent for timetable changes
  • request a copy of student’s report card
  • sign student’s report card
  • communicate with the student’s parents
  • advise parents immediately of any school issues that present a problem
  • speak on behalf of the student’s parents regarding school or homestay issues
  • ensure the student remains compliant with study permit conditions including extending the permit, as needed.

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