Surrogacy in Canada, how much is it?
Even though surrogacy in Canada is altruistic, the total cost of a surrogacy process may be more expensive than what many people imagine, but still cheaper than doing surrogacy in the US. So how much does surrogacy journey in Canada cost? Honestly it is hard to say and it will depend on many different factors.
As Intended Parents you will need to budget and take in consideration the different services you will need along the journey depending on your particular situation. Your financial plan needs to include the fertility treatments, the surrogacy agency fees (if you decide to use one), surrogate reimbursements, as well as legal fees, travels expenses and other expenses that will for sure appear.
Surrogacy Agencies cost may vary starting at $5,000 to $20,000 in some cases. Price will change depending on the services the surrogacy agency offers, waiting times, etc.
The legal feesrange the $10,000 but will also depend on the amount of contracts to be drafted by your fertility lawyer (egg donation contract, surrogacy contract, declaration of parentage, etc.). You will also need to pay for independent legal advice for your surrogate.
Surrogate Reimbursement are between $20,000 and $26,000 in general, depending on the agreement with your surrogate and may increase if the surrogate is already experienced. This amount should cover additional meals, childcare, any vitamins, health supplements, special medical treatments, etc.
Fertility Clinic and Fertility Medication can be up to $30,000 and will change depending on the success of implantation. Some clinics are starting to offer flat fees to intended parents.
Egg donor or egg donation agency: from $5000 to $10,000 on average.
Total costs should be around $80,000 if everything goes well with the first transfer, but you need to consider an extra $3000 – $5000 for each extra attempt.
One positive thing about pursuing surrogacy in Canada is that medical costs of the surrogate mother before and after childbirth are covered by the Canadian social security and intended parents won’t have to pay for it in general. However medical care for the baby after birth is the IP’s responsibility in case of hospital stay, NICU, etc. Some hospitals will also charge you for the room, baby first medical check, etc. and cost may start at $500 a day.
If you decide to go independently, you will be able to save the surrogacy agency fees, but in any case you still need to have a contingency budget for extras that may appear. Also, if you are an international intended parent, keep in mind you will have to add traveling and hotel costs during your stay in Canada as well as legal advice in your home country.