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Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires international students studying in Canada to have a legal guardian or custodian if they are under the age of 18. This legal guardian is a support for the student and acts as a contact for the school. The guardian must be English speaking, a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, over the age of 21 and must reside in Ontario.

Albert College, along with a growing number of other independent schools, utilizes the professional services of International Student Guardianship Canada (ISGC). Founded in 2006, ISGC has continued to provide superior guardianship services to students from more than 40 countries in multiple languages including: Chinese, Korean, German, Ukrainian, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and French. 

International boarding students' families have two options for securing a guardian:

Option 1: An International family may identify their own Ontario-based guardian for their son or daughter. The guardian must be English speaking and over the age of 21. 

Option 2: If you do not have a guardian for your child, Albert College has retained the professional services of International Student Guardianship Canada (ISGC). In addition to Guardianship, ISGC assists our international families with a variety of services including: homestay, immigration support (study permits & visas), transportation, trips, and general problem solving. 

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ISGC’s Guardianship Program for Private Boarding Schools includes:

  • 24-hour emergency support
  • notarized custodianship declaration
  • student welcome meeting in September
  • guaranteed coordination of homestay, trips, and transportation
  • permission forms and leave approvals
  • immigration document expiration monitoring
  • academic support and tutoring coordination
  • immunization follow-up
  • disciplinary monitoring and support
  • school visits and check-ins
  • attendance at graduation and closing ceremonies in June
  • language support to parents an students

Guardianship coverage is valid from September 1 – June 30 each year.

Recommended for all students who do not have their own local guardian in Canada: