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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

We encourage all students to arrive at least one day before the LEAF term starts to take care of tasks related to arriving in a new country. There are many small – and some not so small – things that you need to do as soon as you arrive, such as opening a bank account, getting a cell phone, finding your way around campus, and communicating with your family or friends to let them know you have arrived safely.

On the first day of the LEAF Program term, you will complete a proficiency measure to help us understand your strengths and weaknesses in English. After the exam, you will take part in an orientation session organized by the LEAF program to give you helpful information about your classes, Laurier, and life in Canada. You will receive helpful information and advice that will help you become familiar with your new environment, so you are ready to start LEAF classes.

Let Us Know How You Are Coming to Canada

Please use the LEAF Program Student Arrival Form to let us know when and how you are going to be arriving.

Arriving by Air at Pearson International Airport (Toronto)

There are a number of different options for transportation from Pearson Airport to the city of Brantford. Make sure that you have enough cash to cover a fare, or a credit card that works in Canada.

Arriving from Downtown Toronto

The coach terminal in Toronto is located at Bay St. and Dundas St., a two-minute walk from Toronto City Hall, or five minutes from the Eaton Centre. The train station, called Union Station, is located at Bay St. and Front St., and is a 10-minute walk from the Eaton Centre.

  • Greyhound Bus: Greyhound offers frequent service between Toronto and Brantford. Visit
  • VIA Rail: There are daily regular trains between downtown Toronto and Brantford. Visit

Note: The bus station in Brantford is a short walk from the student residences. The train station is 1km from campus. For local transportation information and a city map, visit the City of Brantford website.

Due to the unfolding situation regarding COVID-19, the 2020 fall LEAF program, including all classes, assessment and exams, will be delivered virtually.

In-person instruction is currently discontinued. Laurier will continue to support students throughout the fall term.

For the latest updates, refer to our coronavirus information page.


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