FAQS "Frequently Asked Questions"

ESL in Canada Contact Information

Please note that COVID 19 restrictions are in place for all travel and all schools and all group activities.

Please Email for current info: ESL in Canada Office

For a list of additional questions that every international ESL student should ask their education agent or English school representative go to the page called: Questions to ask

Budgeting for 2020 - 2021 Expenses

Average Toronto, Vancouver Budget for Accommodation, Utilities and Food.

University Residence
$700 per month and up
$600 per month and up
Room and Board
$800 per month and up
Bachelor Apartments
$900 per month and up
1 Bedroom Apartments
$1200 per month and up
2 Bedroom Apartments
$1500 per month and up
3 Bedroom Apartments
$1800 per month and up
$3000 per month and up, utilities can be 400 per month with winter heating costs
$85 and up per week -self prepared meals are less expensive
Ranges from $75 and up per month
installation charge $55, monthly rate $30, long distance extra
TV Cable
installation charge around $75, monthly rate $45 for basic service
Other costs
Your life-style, entertainment, activities and tours determine other expenses

Toronto & Vancouver Real Estate Bubbles have Raised Prices

Prices in the other Canadian cities have not jumped up 50% over the last 2 years because of the real estate market price bubble. Both BC and Ontario provincial governments have placed restrictive taxes to reduce real estate speculation. Students should research prices and budgets before commiting to a long term study contract in either city.

Link to Ontario's new standard lease form and legislation

Link to: How to Shop for Student Residence Real Estate

Canada -- USA Comparisons

Is it less expensive to study in Canada than the USA?

YES !! The Canadian dollar is about 75% of the US dollar so far during 2020. Since life costs are virtually the same in dollar terms between Canada and the USA students will save 25% by studying in Canada.

Canada has Justin Trudeau former teacher as Prime Minister

USA has Donald Trump as 45th President.


Do Canadians have experience with foreign nationals?

YES !! Canada is truly a multi-cultural country as almost every language and culture is represented. You will be able to find food, products, services, entertainment from almost every country, region or culture.

In addition to expatriats from 189 countries you can experience unique Canadian life-styles and activities, and experience the international flavor of a truly multi-cultural nation. You can learn English and sample all the styles of pronunciation, Canadian, British, American, Australian, and South African right here in Canada.


  • The ISIC card provides Canada travel and accommodation discounts.
  • Special internet "Groupon - Living Social & WagJag prices are posted daily.
  • Charities offer coupon books to raise money offering excellent discounts for meals and activities.
  • Food coupons provide excellent discounts.Link to how to buy food info
  • Special discounts for small groups is often available.


When is Homestay the best option for ESL students staying in Canada?

Homestay is the best option for short stay students (under 10 weeks) and for students under the age of 21 years, or students who have never travelled or lived on their own, students at a beginner English level not confident of their language skills.

Do I have to pay all my homestay fees in advance?

No !! You can pay for the first month, then choose month by month.

What percentage of students want to change their homestay after 1 month?

Of the students we talked to over the years over 60%.
( see student testimonials for more info)

Link to: Homestay for Students in Canada Page


Do I require Medical Insurance to enter Canada as a student?

YES !! Medical insurance is regulated by each of the Provinces in Canada.

What is the cost of medical insurance in Canada?

Prices start at 2.75 per day.

Can I buy insurance in Canada and have the coverage information sent to me so I can use it to show immigration upon entry into Canada?

YES !! This is the best method, the insurance services are excellent and less expensive in Canada.


Which rules are used if there is a dispute between me and the school or homestay?

The rules of the school in Canada are usually followed. Most schools have a contract with the homestay family to provide services. Students can ask schools to provide contract copies or service lists.

Do foreign contracts or verbal presentations have any validity in Canadian courts?

Usually only written contracts signed and agreed to under the laws of Canada are enforceable.

Do agents have the ability to change the rules of the schools in Canada?

Most school's contracts state very clearly the school rules cannot be changed by anyone.

What can I do if my agent does not pay the school?

The usual process is to contact your local police and lawyers to initiate action to collect your funds from the agent.

If the school is bad and will not refund my tuition what can I do?

You have several options. If you believe fraud has been committed then you can go to a Justice of the Peace and file criminal charges. You can file a civil action in small claims court for amounts that total less than $25000.CDN. For larger civil actions a lawyer and upper court may be required. Each Province has a Ministry of Education that may have some jurisdiction and can assist you . The school may be a member of local business or education organizations that may have membership rules and regulations. You can complain and request assistance from local consumer protection organizations.

Link to "Can your Agent honestly help you!" for additional information


Do I have to pay 3 or 6 months tuition to get a letter of acceptance from a school?

NO !! You can pay month by month. (Good schools are confident you will stay)


What is the best formula for calculating the prices of the different schools?

We have found that the cost per instructional hour is an excellent method. We add the registration fees, plus the monthly fees and divide by the actual number of hours in class with an ESL teacher.

What are the price ranges for ESL schools in Canada?

Prices range from $6.33 to $20.20 per instructional hour, so it is wise to shop around.

Can I change schools after only one month in Canada?

Yes, apply to change your visa and change schools if you find your school is inadequate.

Can I go to more than one school at the same time?

Yes - read your visa to see exactly what is allowed!!
We have several students taking music, computers and other content courses.


Is it mandatory to use the airport pick-up service offered by the schools?

NO !! The cost of a luxury limousine in Toronto and Vancouver is $40 to $60, less than half the school fees. The airport services have licenses and insurance for public cartage. We recommend that students use licensed insured carriers. If you use UBER be careful as they are in dispute in many cities . If you use public transportation the cost is even less.


Can I apply to the Government and obtain a VISA myself?

YES !! We recommend that students apply for visas themselves. This is a good learning experience.

Can I download the VISA forms from the internet for free?

YES !! Go to our Visa information page for access to the FREE downloads

To enter Canada what general questions do I have to prove?

In general you need: Accurate identification, Clean Medical Health, No Criminal violations, School acceptance and registration, Adequate financial resources for the period, proof you will and are able to return home.

What is the Government filing fee to change a Visitor Visa to a Student Visa?

$125. Dollars.


Why do some students from Japan have work permits with their student Visa?

This is the result of a treaty that also allows Canadian students to work while in Japan. See Holiday work visas for more info

Can I work in Canada with a tourist or student Study Visa?

NO you cannot !!!

If you have any further questions you can Email us at: info@eslincanada.com

Online Business & ESL English Classes

COVID 19 has eliminated most in-person classroom ESL, English & Business English classes.

Online classes are an excellent substitute and can be designed for individuals or groups of students.

Online classes use combinations of zoom, whatsapp, facetime, text, voip, email and other platforms.

All ESL in Canada online teachers are Canadian certified and experienced teachers.

Link to Online Business & ESL English Classes

Email any questions or to start your studies ESL in Canada

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