Compare transfer fees for international money transfers
Use our guide to find out about transfer fees and exchange rates for major Canadian institutions.
While banks can help you send money from Canada to destinations all around the globe, that doesn’t mean that they should be your go-to. In comparison to international money transfer services, banks trade at the mid-market rate and then often raise the exchange rates when completing transactions for clients while also, in many cases, charging higher fees.
When it comes to transferring funds overseas, many Canadians opt instead to use an online transfer service specialized in offering safe and affordable international transfers. Since these companies trade in large volumes of currency every day, they are better-positioned to offer competitive exchange rates with lower fees than the bank.
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Compare transfer fees for banks
The table below compares exchange rates and transfer costs for Canada’s five largest banks: Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), Bank of Montreal (BMO) and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).
|Bank||Transfer Fee (CAD)||Exchange Rate Markup|
|Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)||$9 – $30||2.64%|
|Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)||Fee-free||3.34%|
|Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)||$9 plus 1% of principal||2.88%|
|Bank of Montreal (BMO)||$15+||2.65%|
|Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)||$13.50||2.60%|
Compare transfer fees for non-banks
The table below compares exchange rates and transfer costs for five of the major international money transfer services in Canada.
|Money Transfer Service||Transfer Fee (CAD)||Exchange Rate Markup|
|TransferWise||1% of principal||Less than 1%|
|Canadian Forex||$15||Less than 3%|
|TorFX||Fee-free||Less than 2%|
|Currency Solutions||Fee-free||Less than 1%|
|World First||$10||Less than 2%|
Why choose international money transfer services
As outlined above, many banks offers international wires and money transfers, but these are often bogged down by hidden fees, hefty commissions or heavily marked up exchange rates. International money transfer services, on the other hand, make money by applying a small margin to the exchange rate and lowering transfer fees to compensate. It’s important, before transferring money overseas, to compare your options, to ensure that you get the most out of every transaction.
The “Rate” and “Amount Received” displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.
Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention “Finder” before you commit to a brand.
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