in Canada

Surrogacy in Canada

Some Canadian provinces have surrogacy legislation that allows altruistic surrogacy for Canadians and foreigners with a surrogacy agency in Canada.

Canada also has an excellent public healthcare system and good quality IVF facilities. Surrogacy agencies are limited by law in what they can do. Paid advertising for surrogates is not legal. Charging to match intended parents with surrogates is not legal.

Canada has had phenomenal growth in demand due to its legal framework, professionalism, and surrogate support.

However some surrogacy centers do not cap the number of IPs they will accept each year.

Other Canadian agencies do cap the number of intended parents they take, and are not reporting the same supply/demand problems.

Surrogacy costWait times for surrogates within the best surrogacy agency can range from 6-12 months depending on the provider used. This is inherent in an altruistic model and intended parents looking at Surrogacy need to understand these limitations.

Not uncommonly intended parents using the largest egg donor and surrogacy providers are reporting.

  • Long wait times to be matched with a donor and/or surrogate
  • Changes of surrogates and  surrogate drop-out

This reflects on the availability of appropriate donors and surrogates.

Surrogacy in Canada

Canadian NICU Costs

Depending on care needed this can range from  $1,500-8,000/day for a singleton and $3,000-15,000/day for twins.

INSURANCE – no more freeloading

In the past, Canadian hospitals in some provinces were picking up the costs for NICU costs for many foreigners.

That has now changed. ALL hospitals are now billing for newborn medical costs.

Canada Service providers

Insurance Recommendations

Several foreign IPs in recent months had medical bills exceeding $120,000.

Note that most intended parents will have a positive/successful experience with hospital bills under $3,000.


Surrogacy & Egg Donation is a complex area and you deserve to know everything involved. Too often intended parents engage without full awareness of the risks and how best to minimise the chance of problems. To book in for a Surrogacy Advice Consultation with Growing Families Director Sam Everingham see our Fill our consultation form.


Expert providers and parents who have completed their family via this destination frequently talk at Growing Families Events. To attend an event to learn more about this destination and other options see our Event Schedule.