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In relation to this question - Financial responsibilities for Custodian of (minor) international student, I am in a situation where my wife has a good friend who runs a business. My understanding of the business is that he helps families looking to immigrate to Canada by sending their children to Canada in advance to study. As far as I am aware this business is completely legitimate and lawful.

What is asked: Sign custodianship documentation for an international student, and be "on call" for emergencies or various meetings (such as clinical visits, parent-teacher meetings, etc).

My Question: What am I actually legally responsible for after signing a custodianship document? Will I be required to pay for any trouble the student might get into (crime, healthcare, etc?).

It is also my understanding that the student would not actually be living with me - but would instead be housed somewhere near my home in an apartment/etc owned by the company (or by the parents). I believe I would be more like an emergency contact or sudo-parent.

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    What you are legally responsible for all depends on what is in the custodianship document you sign, as well as applicable Canadian laws. It's best to get a copy of the document and talk to a lawyer before you sign. – BlueDogRanch Mar 8 '19 at 19:37
  • As far as what the documents actually say, this seems to be the most binding statement: "the custodian should act in the place of me/us the parents. .... be able to fulfill his/her obligations as a custodian in the event of an emergency." --- Which I assume means in the worst-case event, we entirely on the hook for anything that happens (e.g. acting as the parents). – Sh4d0wsPlyr Mar 8 '19 at 21:07
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    But the document should define exactly what a custodian is; if they have power of attorney, etc., unless they are depending in what is defined in Canadian law. – BlueDogRanch Mar 8 '19 at 21:16
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    Having looked into it further - it seems that this is the greatest issue with the current system. The definition is not fleshed out at all, or legal ramifications/etc. – Sh4d0wsPlyr Mar 10 '19 at 2:02

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