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Send money to India

Find the best way to transfer money from Canada to India.

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Looking for the best way to send money from Canada to family, friends or businesses in India (or even to your own bank account)? Don't head straight to your Canadian bank - turn to online money transfer services instead. They nearly always offer better exchange rates and lower fees - which means for the same amount of dollars you send, the recipient will receive more rupees.

Compare ways of sending money to India

Use our table below to compare services that send money from the Dominion of Canada to India. Compare the money transfer providers' fees and speeds, then click "Go to site" when you've found the best one to send your Canadian Dollars to India.

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Name Product Filter Values Fastest Transfer Speed Fees (Pay by Bank Transfer) Learn More
OFX
24 hours
From $15

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Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for your first and ongoing transactions. $0 transfer fee.
OFX has no maximum limit transfers, with competitive exchange rates for 45+ currencies.
XE Money Transfers
Within minutes
$0

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XE has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
Simplii Financial
Within minutes
$0

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Up to $300 off your first Global Money Transfer with our code GMTEVENT depending on the amount you send. For cash pickups instead, earn $50 using code CASH. Limits and regulations apply.
Send money without fees and at competitive exchange rates to 130+ countries.
Wise (TransferWise)
24 hours
From 0.35%

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Wise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 45+ currencies.
Remitly
Within an hour
$1.99

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Special offers like free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers.
Remitly has quick, affordable transfers around the world, with both express and economy options.
Dunbridge Financial
24 hours
$0

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Dunbridge Financial offers competitive exchange rates and zero fees on transfers to more than 120 countries.
XE Money Transfers
Within minutes
$0

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XE has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
Wise (TransferWise) - Under 10k
24 hours
From 0.35%

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Wise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 45+ currencies.
Remitly
Within an hour
$1.99

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Special offers like free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers.
Remitly has quick, affordable transfers around the world, with both express and economy options.
Instarem
Within minutes
From $0

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Exclusive: Use code FINDER10 to receive US$10 off your first transaction.
InstaReM offers simple transfers with a flat 0.5% transfer fee for most transfers.
Simplii Financial
Within minutes
$0

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Up to $300 off your first Global Money Transfer with our code GMTEVENT depending on the amount you send. For cash pickups instead, earn $50 using code CASH. Limits and regulations apply.
Send money without fees and at competitive exchange rates to 130+ countries.
XE Business Transfers
XE Business Transfers
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$0

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How to send money to India from Canada

Here's our simple process for sending a money transfer to India as a cash pickup or bank transfer - the two options are similar:

  1. Compare your options. Use our table above to find a money transfer provider that sends CAD to India. One may be better for cash pickups while another might be better suited to a bank transfer. Once you've found the best one for your requirements, click Go to site.
  2. Register for an account. You'll need to give your name, address, contact details, proof of ID and method of payment.
  3. Provide recipient details. Enter your recipient's name and contact information. If you're sending straight to their Indian bank account, you'll need the account number, SWIFT or IBAN plus their bank branch's address.
  4. Enter the transfer amount. Check you're happy with the fees, exchange rates and transfer speed, then enter the amount you wish to send. Many services give the amount of Indian Rupee your recipient should receive, so double check this.
  5. Complete your transfer. Send your money transfer to India. Keep any reference number safe so you can track your transfer - your recipient may need it too.

If you send to an Indian bank account, your recipient will need to wait for the funds to arrive. For a cash pick up, your Indian recipient will need to show some form of photo ID in order to pick up the funds. It's also important that you give them the transaction reference number to streamline the process.

Ways to send and receive money

How to decide which option is best for you to send money to India.

  • Bank deposit. Most major banks in the Dominion of Canada let you wire money to banks in India. However, you might get weaker exchange rates and pay higher fees all for the privilege of a slower transfer.
  • Online money transfer services. Online companies like make international money transfers to India easy with bank transfers or cell phone top ups often offered as easy delivery options.
  • Transfer agents across the Dominion of Canada. Many transfer providers have locations dotted all across the Dominion of Canada, making it easy for you to send money that can be easily picked up in similar agent locations in India.
  • Cheques and money orders. If speed is not an issue, you can always pick up an international cheque from your bank or Canada Post to send to India.
  • Cash pick-up. you to collect cash, even if you don't have a bank account in India.
  • Bank deposit. If you have an Indian bank account, you can have money transferred directly into this without having to make any trips to a money transfer agent location.
  • PayPal. The Xoom app allows you to receive money from Canada onto your cell phone, into your Indian bank account, or as a cash pick-up.
  • Cheques and money orders. Both personal cheques and money orders can be sent directly to you where you live but these tend to be the slower options.

What documents do I need to transfer money to India?

To send money from Canada to India, you'll need the following:

1. Photo identification

Most providers require a driver's license, passport or other Canadian government-issued ID. You can send transfers without the above but may need to give alternate ID instead.

2. Payment method

Your options depend on the provider's services. Popular methods include cash, debit or credit card payments, bank account transfers and personal cheques.

3. Recipient information

You'll need their name (matching their ID) plus contact details. If sending to an Indian bank account, you'll need the a/c number, SWIFT and branch details.

What documents do I need to receive money in India?

To collect money in person in India, the recipient will need:

1. Transfer number

The reference number - sometimes called a PIN, MTCN or tracking number.

2. Government-issued ID

An official ID, such as an Indian passport or driving license.

3. The transfer amount

To know how much has been sent, usually to within 10% of the total.

4. Sender information

The sender's name and address and the country from where the money was sent.

How much does it cost to send money to India from the Dominion of Canada?

The cost of sending money to India from Canada depends on the exchange rate between CAD to INR, the fees, how you want your recipient to receive your transfer and the turnaround time:

  • Exchange rates. The mid-market rate is the rate banks and transfer services use to trade between one another. It is the best rate that you can get. But not all money transfer providers offer you this mid-market rat so compare the exchange rate you're offered to the mid-market rate and look for the smallest difference.
  • Transfer fees. Are you being charged a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer amount? For example, a provider offering to transfer your money to India for a flat or low fee might work out better if you plan to send a large amount.
  • Transfer speed. If you need your transfer to arrive quickly, you can pay for a quick delivery. Companies such as offer instant cash pickups but may charge more. If you're not in a rush, online money transfer services can offer the best value, usually getting your money to India faster and cheaper than banks.
  • Transfer limits. Find out how much you can send with each service. For example, one provider may have a send limit of $10,000 while another may allow you to transfer up to $1 million. For smaller transfers, check the fees. For large transfers, look harder at the exchange rate. Some providers encourage large transfers with low fees.
  • Transfer type. Does your recipient have an Indian bank account or is cash or cell phone top up the better option? Each transfer type will have different fees. For example, instant cash pickups tend to be more expensive than bank transfers.
  • Discounts. Some providers may offer you a free transfer simply for signing up while others may offer you a discount if you transfer more than a certain amount.

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    kumarApril 12, 2016

    want to send money to india.
    want to know which is the best and cheapest way to send.
    like i have NRE account of punjab national bank.

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      AdrianApril 12, 2016Staff

      Hi Kumar,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can compare the ways to send money to India by clicking here.

      finder.com is a financial comparison website and as such we cannot provide specific banking advice. If you want advice specifically from your bank, we recommend getting in touch with Punjab National Bank.

      I hope this helps,

      Harry

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    alateApril 2, 2015

    my son in Australia wants to send money to me. what is the best way and how much it costs

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyApril 7, 2015Staff

      Hi Alate,

      Thanks for your question.

      Please note that finder.com is an online comparison service and is not in a position to recommend specific products, providers and services.

      The fee will depend on which service provider you choose. You can see these in the ‘online transfer fee’ column in our comparison tool.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    JasjitJuly 17, 2014

    There are several other alternatives available. Some of them are Aussie Forex, GMT Money,PFG Money, Money Pigeon Pty Ltd etc.

    These services may or may not charge a transfer fee but their exchange rates are way better than others.

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    PeteDecember 15, 2013

    I truly appreciate this post.

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