Former uWinnipeg recruiter overcharges Chinese high school students for homestay

April 19, 2012

A former University of Winnipeg recruitment agent has been charging 4 Chinese students up to $3,000 a month for a small room and a meagre food allowance in his home, students claim. The students were recruited to attend the University of Winnipeg Collegiate, a high school that is part of uWinnipeg, beginning in 2008. The students lived in the home of Ronald Chong, who was a paid recruiter of international students at the time. uWinnipeg cancelled Chong's recruitment contract earlier this year after it became aware of the students' living conditions and accommodations cost, and moved the students to a university residence. Chong should not have been putting students in his home, uWinnipeg officials say. "In this instance, it seems that there may have been some misrepresentation there," says uWinnipeg's senior executive officer. Since one of the students was a minor when he arrived in Canada, his mother signed over guardianship to Chong. The others listed him as a relative, making the situation difficult to monitor. "Their parents entered into a relationship that was outside of the purview, and a contract outside of the institution's awareness and purview -- and in that sense, legal responsibility," says the senior executive office. CBC