Best international money transfer apps in Canada

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

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Mobile money transfer apps make sending money internationally easy, but which app is the best? Depending on where you are sending to and how fast you need the money to arrive, you may find what you need in these highly-rated apps.

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WorldRemit

With the WorldRemit app, you can send money to more than 150 countries for bank deposit, mobile airtime top-up and even cash pickup. WorldRemit has no minimum transfer amount, but its maximums vary depending on the destination country. Learn more about WorldRemit in our review before downloading the app to make sure its the right fit for you.

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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
Data from May 4, 2020Google PlayApple Store
Rating2.8Not availableAverage rating: 56%
# of reviews171Not availableTotal reviews: 171

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TransferWise

Send payments to friends, family and businesses in 30 countries with the TransferWise app. It includes a calculator you can use get exchange rates and fees for specific transfers and offers an easy way to upload a photo of any personal ID needed to get started with TransferWise.

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
Data from May 4, 2020Google PlayApple Store
Rating4.44.6Average rating: 88%
# of reviews78,7692,200Total reviews: 80,969

Calculate your transfer with TransferWise

Data indicated here is updated regularly
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.
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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

Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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Western Union

Use Western Union’s Money Transfer app to transfer funds to more than 200 countries and territories around the world. You’ll also gain access to a map of worldwide agent locations and their directions and hours for cash pickups.

Western Union app screenshot

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
Data from May 4, 2020Google PlayApple Store
Rating4.54.6Average rating: 91%
# of reviews8,3924,500Total reviews: 12,892

Calculate your transfer with Western Union

Data indicated here is updated regularly
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.
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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

Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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 CurrencyFair mobile 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
Data from May 4, 2020Google PlayApple Store
Rating4.34.6Average rating: 86%
# of reviews31119Total reviews: 330

Calculate your transfer with CurrencyFair

Data indicated here is updated regularly
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: Zero fees on your first 10 transfers.

Get bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
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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

Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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OFX

With OFX’s mobile app, send money transfers of $1,000 or more to 195 countries worldwide. You can also use the app to register for an OFX account, monitor current and historical exchange rates, track your transfers and set rate alerts. Transactions are free, but OFX takes a slight margin on currency exchange rates.

Screenshot of OFX mobile 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
Data from May 4, 2020Google PlayApple Store
Rating4.64.8Average rating: 92%
# of reviews2,188222Total reviews: 2,410

Calculate your transfer with OFX

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
OFX 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.
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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

Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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.

Send money internationally with WorldRemit

An online money transfer service with cash pick-up, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.

  • Use promo code 3FREE to send your first three transfers with no fee.
  • Choose how you want to send your money - via bank transfer, cash pickup or mobile money
  • Instant money transfers available
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If you want to up your money transfer game and send cash on the go, a money transfer app may be for you. Just be sure to compare the exchange rates, transfer fees and other details of money transfer specialists to ensure you get the best deal for your needs.

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