Schools Closed to Students for Remainder of School Year

The Ministry of Education has announced that all schools will remain closed to students and staff for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Students will continue virtual learning during this time.


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International Student Programs

Thank you for your continued support as we work through these unprecedented times due to the global pandemic.   Please visit the YRDSB school reopening information page for more information regarding learning models available to our students.

We are guided in our work by the Ministry of Education, York Region Public Health – including Ontario Public Health – and IRCC to ensure the safety of international students. Ontario is on the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) list to accept international students. YRDSB is on the list of approved boards open to receive international students.

At this time, our work is directed at welcoming new international students to the September 2021 semester and supporting existing students in their educational goals.

Before leaving for Canada, please check the following directives:

What you must do before coming to Canada:

International students, and accompanying family members, entering Canada must follow the Pre-departure, Travel & Arrival guidelines and complete and return the Self-Isolation Plan to prior to departure. The guidelines are available in EnglishChineseFarsi and Vietnamese​.

For up-to-date YRDSB-related information, please visit the YRDSB COVID-19 information page.

York Region District School Board through its International Education Services department is enriched by providing opportunities to live and learn with students from around the world. Our schools foster excellence, celebrate diversity, promote individual competence and champion quality education.

Students from every continent are learning in our schools. 

York Region students and teachers are encouraged to develop a global focus by receiving international students into their classrooms and by taking advantage of the many opportunities to study outside Canada. ​​​

Academic programs are available for students entering JK to Grade 12. 


All information and conditions relating to International Education Services and all of its programs are subject to change without notice. All final decisions with respect to the application of guidelines/policies are at the discretion of York Region District School Board.

International Education Services

Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning

36 Regatta Avenue

Richmond Hill, ON L4E 4R1