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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 overseas bank account)?
Don't head straight to your Canadian bank – compare specialist money transfer services instead. They nearly always offer better INR exchange rates and lower fees, so for the same amount of Canadian dollars you send, your recipient will receive more Indian rupees.
Of the companies we've compared, Xe Money Transfers is among the cheapest, with competitive exchange rates and fees starting from $0. Need a really fast transfer? Xe Money Transfers can get money to your recipient in India within minutes.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
Bank transfers are typically the cheapest way to get your money to India. Xe Money Transfers and OFX have some of the lowest bank transfer fees of the brands we've compared.When you're hunting down the cheapest ways to send money to India, it's more important to look at the overall cost of your transfer. This has a couple of elements:
Some providers may charge the mid-market rate but add fees on top. Others may have very low fees but apply a markup on the exchange rate. This means it is important to compare exactly how many Indian rupees your recipient will end up with.
Many online providers can offer transfers to India within minutes, although you're likely to pay a premium for the convenience.Here are some of the fastest average transfer speeds to India:
Actual transfer times from Canada to India can depend on several different factors including transfer amount, payment method and currency.
The safest way to get your money to India is to use a provider registered with Canada's industry regulator, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. All of the companies we've compared in our table are overseen by a local regulator and comply with the relevant laws and regulations in both Canada and India.
A great way to dive deeper is by reading our extended reviews of each transfer service and researching first-hand customer feedback on Trustpilot and similar platforms.
If you need to make a sizable money transfer to India, consider using a provider such as OFX or Xe Money Transfers to benefit from its expertise in handling larger transfer amounts.Using a large transfer specialist can have the following advantages:
To send money to India, you'll need the necessary documentation, your recipient's details and a way to pay.
Aaradhya is working in Canada as a doctor and she stays in regular contact with her elderly parents back home in India. Her parents need some funds to help pay off a mortgage, so Aaradhya plans to send them $2,000 from Canada.
She decides to compare a bank and a money transfer specialist to see which one can save the most money on her transaction.
|Bank||Money transfer company|
|Exchange rate||1 CAD = 60.55 INR||1 CAD = 61.35 INR|
|Transfer method||Bank account deposit||Bank account deposit|
|Processing time||2 - 5 working days||Next day|
|Amount received||120,488.29 INR||122,543.46 INR|
The money transfer company enables Aaradhya to send an extra ₹2,055.17, which is transferred straight to her parents' HDFC Bank account.
When choosing a money transfer provider to send money from Canada to India, it's important to consider the cost, how you want your recipient to receive the funds and the turnaround time. Here are other features to review:
Compared to a month ago, the Canadian dollar is stronger against the Indian rupee. Currently $5,000 is equivalent to ₹308,283.50, whereas a month ago, $5,000 was equivalent to ₹304,881.00. That's an increase of 1.12% over the past month.
Similarly, compared to a year ago, the Canadian dollar is again stronger against the Indian rupee. A year ago, $5,000 was equivalent to ₹294,604.50. That's an increase of 4.64% over 12 months.
So based on those two quick glances back, yes, it's a relatively good time to send money to India, and your Canadian dollars will go further than they would have. But what's more important, however, is where the strength of the Canadian dollar against the Indian rupee goes from here – which is harder to call.
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