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Best international money transfer apps in Canada

It’s easy to send money overseas with these mobile apps.

Many major money transfer specialists now offer mobile apps that let you send money globally from the convenience of your phone.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the most popular apps for Canadians from major international money transfer providers, and outlined their pros and cons to help you make a decision about which one is right for you.

What are some of the best money transfer apps in 2018?

TorFX

TorFX lets you send money in over 40 currencies and is one of the leading money transfer services. You can make personal or business transfers through TorFX and its app comes with a number of features such as transfer tracking and real-time exchange rates.

Screenshot of the TorFX app

Features in the app


Live exchange rates

Set rate alerts

Track your transfer
Available on iPhone Available on Android
Available in other languages

Pros

  • Competitive exchange rates
  • No added fees

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer cash pickup
  • Doesn’t accept cash or cheque payments
  • App only available in English

Calculate your transfer with TorFX

Rates last updated July 21st, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
TorFX International Money Transfers
USD 150
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.

Send money overseas in 45 currencies.
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.

Compare up to 4 providers

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WorldFirst

WorldFirst requires a higher minimum for money transfers ($2,000), but offers competitive exchange rates. The app specializes in fast transfers and you can use its extra features, like the currency converter and market updates, without signing up.

Screenshot of the WorldFirst app

Features in the app


Live exchange rates

Set rate alerts

Track your transfer
Available on iPhone Available on Android
Available in other languages

Pros

  • No transaction fees
  • Competitive exchange rates
  • Same-day transfers for major currencies
  • No maximum transfer limit

Cons

  • Doesn’t allow small transfers
  • Only accepts bank transfer
  • No cash pickup

Calculate your transfer with WorldFirst

Rates last updated July 21st, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
WorldFirst International Money Transfers
CAD 2,000
1 day
Online, Phone
Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates with $0 transfer fees for Finder customers. WorldFirst will beat any eligible quote from another provider.
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.

Compare up to 4 providers

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OFX

With OFX’s app, you can send money to over 190 countries worldwide. The app also has a range of extra features, like being able to set rate alerts that can help you take advantage of the best times to transfer.

Screenshot of the OFX app

Features in the app


Live exchange rates

Set rate alerts

Track your transfer
Available on iPhone Available on Android
Available in other languages

Pros

  • Can monitor current and historical exchange rates
  • Track your transfers
  • Set rate alerts
  • Free transactions
  • Better exchange rates than banks

Cons

  • Transfers must be above $250
  • Doesn’t accept credit card or cash as payment
  • App only available in English

Calculate your transfer with OFX

Rates last updated July 21st, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
USD 150
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for your first and ongoing transactions. $0 transfer fee.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies.
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.

Compare up to 4 providers

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WorldRemit

The WorldRemit app lets you send money to more than 120 countries around the world. With no minimum transfer amount, WorldRemit lets you take advantage of competitive exchange rates when making your transaction.

Screenshot of the WorldRemit app

Features in the app


Live exchange rates

Set rate alerts

Track your transfer
Available on iPhone Available on Android
Available in other languages

Pros

  • Cash pickup available
  • No minimum transfer
  • Large range of destinations
  • Competitive exchange rates
  • Funds can be received through mobile money

Cons

  • Limit on how much you can send
  • Fees change depending on the amount you transfer
  • Not as many extra features as other money transfer apps

Calculate your transfer with WorldRemit

Rates last updated July 21st, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
CAD 0
Within an hour
Online, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer
Use code FINDERCA and pay zero fees on your first transfer. Conditions apply.
An online money transfer service with cash pick-up, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
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.

Compare up to 4 providers

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TransferWise

TransferWise aims to make the exchange process as cheap and transparent as possible. The app also lets you set up repeat payments for ongoing transfers.

Screenshot of the TransferWise app

Features in the app


Live exchange rates

Set rate alerts

Track your transfer
Available on iPhone Available on Android
Available in other languages

Pros

  • No minimum transfer amount
  • Uses the mid-market rate
  • Transparent with fees
  • Can pay with Apple Pay (although paying by card incurs higher fees)

Cons

  • No cash pickup
  • Not as many currencies as other providers

Calculate your transfer with TransferWise

Rates last updated July 21st, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
TransferWise International Money Transfers
CAD 1
1 - 2 days
Online
Make online transfers with transparent exchange rates, low fees and low minimum amounts.
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.

Compare up to 4 providers

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Western Union

As the world’s largest money transfer company, Western Union is a widely recognized brand. The app offers money transfers to more than 200 countries around the world as well as a map of worldwide agent locations and directions for cash pickups.

Screenshot of the Western Union app

Features in the app


Live exchange rates

Set rate alerts

Track your transfer
Available on iPhone Available on Android
Available in other languages

Pros

  • Almost-instant transfers to cash pickup
  • Can pay with bank transfer, cash, card or Apple Pay
  • Transfers to many currencies

Cons

  • Less competitive exchange rates
  • Transfer fees to some countries can be significant

Calculate your transfer with Western Union

Rates last updated July 21st, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
Western Union International Money Transfers
CAD 1
Same day
Online, Phone, Agent, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer, International Money Order
Send money online to friends and family around the world with Western Union.
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.

Compare up to 4 providers

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CurrencyFair

The CurrencyFair app lets you exchange money at a fairer exchange rate than what you’d find at the bank. With low fees and minimum transfer amounts, the app makes international money transfers convenient.

Screenshot of the CurrencyFair app

Features in the app


Live exchange rates

Set rate alerts

Track your transfer
Available on iPhone Available on Android
Available in other languages

Pros

  • Low fees
  • Minimum transfer amount is small ($5)

Cons

  • Limited number of currencies
  • Only bank-to-bank transfers
  • App only available in English

Calculate your transfer with CurrencyFair

Rates last updated July 21st, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
CurrencyFair International Money Transfers
CAD 5
1 - 2 days
Online
Special offer: Pay zero fees on your first 5 transfers.
Get bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
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.

Compare up to 4 providers

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How can I compare money transfer services?

A key factor in choosing an app is the service behind it. Compare these features before making your decision.

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Exchange rates

Different providers will offer you different exchange rates. It’s generally not the one you’ll see on Google or XE, otherwise known as the mid-market rate. To make a profit, transfer services add on a margin to the exchange rate to cover their own fees. So a provider may have no fees, but a bad exchange rate – this is why it’s important to compare.

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Fees

Providers charge fees in either flat rates, percentages or not at all. These fees can also change depending on what you’re sending and how you’re sending it. For example, larger transfers are generally cheaper, while money transfers using your credit card can incur higher fees.

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Speed

Sometimes you need to get money to someone fast. Some providers specialize in cash pickup, which means your recipient can pick up the money you send almost instantly. This does come at a higher price, however. If you’re not too fussed with timing, most providers take anywhere between one to four days to deliver the money at a much lower fee.

Next steps

You can get more value for your money by comparing both the providers themselves and their apps. Make sure to check with the provider regarding the currency you want to send since fees and regulations can change depending on the country.

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