How to send money to Canada

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Sending cash from Wellington to Ontario should be a snap. There is no need for a complicated process or expensive fees. Transferring money from New Zealand to Canada can be easy when you compare your various options and find the best one for your needs.
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    Our comparison calculator lets you compare current fees, exchange rates, transfer speeds and other details about sending your money to Canada. Enter the amount you’re transferring, and see how much will arrive at your destination.

    Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
    NZD 250 1 day NZD 0.00 0.836 CAD
    4,179
    SendFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. T&Cs apply.
    Fee-free transfers in 30+ currencies to over 200 countries.
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    NZD 1 Within an hour NZD 3.99 0.838 CAD
    4,186
    An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available. Go to site Show details
    NZD 0 1 day NZD 0.00 0.836 CAD
    4,181
    Send money in more than 60 currencies. Fee-free international money transfers with a global brand. Go to site Show details
    AUD 250 1 - 2 days NZD 15.00 0.835 CAD
    4,164
    A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies. No fee if you transfer over AUD$10,000. Go to site Show details
    AUD 2,000 1 day NZD 0.00 0.831 CAD
    4,156
    TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply. Go to site Show details
    NZD 2,000 2 days NZD 0.00 0.836 CAD
    4,181
    Exclusive offer: $0 transfer fee and discounted exchange rates for your first trade only.
    A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in more than 130 currencies.
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    NZD 1 1 - 2 days NZD 40.00 0.841 CAD
    4,173
    Make online transfers with transparent exchange rates, low fees and low minimum amounts. Go to site Show details
    NZD 5 1 - 2 days EUR 3.00 0.837 CAD
    4,185
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    How do international money transfers work?

    An international money transfer allows you to send money to a recipient in another country by providing funds to a bank or an independent transfer provider. They will send the money to your recipient where they can pick it up in person, over the phone, through a mobile app or online. You can use cash, a credit or debit card or transfer funds from your bank account, which will then either be deposited into your recipient’s bank account, mobile wallet, or made available as cash for them to pick up at a physical location.

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    Banks versus money transfer services

    While banks are capable of handling international wire transfers, they typically charge higher fees and offer unfavourable exchange rates compared to specialist money transfer providers.

    Using the services of a international money transfer provider will generally mean that you’ll benefit from greater cost savings.

    Example: Robyn sends money to Canada

    Robyn has scored a great job in Auckland and left her family behind in Toronto, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten her roots. She wants to send $2,000 to her younger sister back in Canada as a birthday gift, but the thought of paying her bank’s $50 transfer fee seems expensive. Robyn decides to compare the services of two specialist money transfer companies to see if she can find a better deal.

    Money transfer company 1Money transfer company 2
    Exchange rate1 NZD = 0.91 CAD1 NZD = 0.90 CAD
    Transfer fee$5$87
    Transfer optionBank account depositCash pick-up
    Transfer time1 business day10 minutes
    Total CAD received 1815 CAD1713 CAD

    As you can see, while Robyn can send an extra CA$102 and save more than $80 in fees by using the first company. However, the second company does allow her to send an urgent transfer if she needs to.

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    How to compare transfer companies when sending money to Canada

    By comparing a few elements of your transfer, you can ensure that you get the cheapest deal for your needs.

    • Exchange rates. Nearly all providers skew exchange rates for a profit. Compare the rate you’re offered to the mid-market rate — the rate banks and transfer services use when they trade among themselves — and look for the smallest margin between them.
    • Transfer fees. Find out whether the provider charges a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer. If you’re sending a large amount, ask whether you qualify for a fee-free transfer.
    • Payment and delivery options. Some transfer companies allow you to pay with a credit card online, by phone or through an app. Others offer agent locations for cash payments and pick-ups. Also ask how your recipient can receive your funds: bank account, cash pick-up, mobile wallet and more.
    • Transfer speeds. If it needs to be there fast, companies like Western Union and MoneyGram allow for quick cash pick-ups, often in minutes. If you have more time, you’ll get better rates and fees with an independent provider.
    • Transfer limits. Your best option might depend on how much you want to send. For large transfers, weigh the best exchange rate —especially since providers encourage large transfers by offering low fees. For smaller amounts, consider the fees you’ll pay on top of the exchange rate.
    • Flexible transfer options. Ask whether you can schedule payments ahead of time or protect your transfer against market fluctuations with a limit order or forward contract.
    • Customer support. Most companies offer customer service by Internet chat, phone, in person or by email. Make sure help will be available if you need it.

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    Foreign exchange rates explained

    The exchange rate determines how much one country’s currency is worth in another currency. When a country’s currency is strong, it yields more money when exchanging it in a country with a weak currency. As of December 2018, one New Zealand dollar was worth about 0.91 Canadian dollars. Canada has a flexible exchange rate, which means it can change from moment to moment. Factors that influence the exchange rate include interest rates, economic stability and inflation.
    Currency exchange rate for Canada
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    Steps to send money to Canada

    1. Register for an account with a provider, supplying your name, address, contact details, proof of ID and information about your selected payment method.
    2. Provide your recipient’s contact information.
    3. Select the amount of your transfer and complete the transaction.
    4. Keep a record of any transaction reference number you receive so that you can review the progress of your transfer.

    What are the ways to send money to Canada from New Zealand

    • Bank transfers. Most New Zealand banks will allow you to send money to Canada.
    • Money transfer providers. Providers like Currency Fair and World First can help you quickly and easily transfer your money online.
    • Providers with cash pick-up. Western Union and MoneyGram allow you to send funds for cash pick-up at agent locations.
    • PayPal. Electronic payment giant PayPal allows you to send money from New Zealand to Canada.
    • Cheques and money orders. Although not a quick option, you could send an international cheque overseas, obtained from your bank.
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    Emergency cash transfers to Canada

    If a friend traveling through the country loses their wallet, and you need to send money in an emergency, your fastest possible transfer will often be your most expensive option. Carefully review the exchange rate and transfer fee against your needs so that you understand exactly how much it will cost you.
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    Tips for picking up cash in Canada

    Whether picking up funds in Montreal or anywhere else around the world, take a few simple safety precautions to prevent yourself becoming a target for thieves.

    • Call ahead. Learn the company’s business hours and choose a safe time to pick up your cash. Daylight hours are best.
    • Bring a friend. Carrying money when alone can be dangerous. Ask a friend to come along.
    • Deposit your money immediately. The likelihood of losing your money to theft or simple carelessness grows the longer you have it with you. Go straight to a bank and deposit your cash as soon as possible.
    • Keep your cash hidden. Place your money in your purse or wallet before leaving the office. Carrying cash out in the open could make you a target.
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    Cash pick-up locations in Canada

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