Having A Baby In Canada? Hospital, Midwife, Delivery, And IVF Costs.

TransferWise
25.07.18
6 minute read

Expecting a new baby can quickly become stressful if you’re a foreigner living abroad. Every country has its own complex healthcare system. As an expat, you might be faced with high medical expenses and confusing choices.

There are close to 390,000 babies born in Canada every year and if you’re about to be one of these lucky new moms, this guide is for you. Read on for average costs for fertility treatments, delivery, and medical expenses related to having a baby in Canada.

How much does in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) cost in Canada?

The world’s first ‘test tube baby’ was born in 1978. Since then there has been a range of medical advancements, including IVF treatments, to help couples who struggle to conceive. After all, nearly 1 in 8 couples struggle to conceive at some point. But how much do fertility treatments really cost?

Can a non-resident or visitor on a tourist or other visa go through IVF or fertility treatment? Is medical tourism a thing in Canada?

If you’re a non-resident, visitor, or a tourist in Canada, you can visit a private IVF clinic for treatment. However, it’s likely that you’ll pay out-of-pocket prices and not qualify for any financial assistance, unless it’s covered by your international medical insurance plan. In general, due to Canada’s global healthcare, Canada is a centre for medical tourism. However, for specialised elective treatments like IVF, it’s not necessarily cheaper to receive treatment there.

Average costs related to IVF in Canada

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IVF fertility treatment in CanadaAverage cost (CAD)
IVF process (total costs)C$7,750 - C$25,000
In vitro fertilization (IVF) fertility drugsC$2,500 and C$7,000
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)C$200 - C$1500
Donor eggs or embryosProhibited in Canada
Frozen embryo transfer (FET)C$100 - C$1,500
Embryo storage, yearlyC$150 - C$300

Is there any type of financial assistance or health insurance that will cover part or all of the IVF procedure in Canada?

The public health systems in some of Canada’s territories and provinces offer financial assistance for IVF treatments. For example, Ontario offers one fully funded IVF cycle in a woman’s lifetime and Quebec offers financial assistance for childless couples in the form of tax credits or rebates. There are certain restrictions on who qualifies so you should check the rules in your territory. Some private IVF facilities also offer assistance.

For more information on IVF and fertility treatments in Canada

Here are some services where you can learn more about IVF treatments in Canada:

How much does having a baby cost in Canada with or without insurance?

Canada has public healthcare in the form of a state-funded Medicare system. If you’re a citizen or permanent resident, you can access this healthcare system. With it, the costs of having a baby range from being completely free to costing a couple hundred dollars for private rooms.

Tourists, visitors, and non-residents will have to pay the bills out-of-pocket unless they have international health insurance which will cover the charges. Here is what it might cost to have a baby in Canada without insurance or access to the Canadian Medicare system:

Can a non-resident or visitor on a tourist or other visa deliver a baby in Canada? Is birth tourism a thing in Canada?

If you need to deliver your baby while you’re in Canada as a non-resident, visitor, or tourist you will be able to get medical care that you need. However, the Canadian healthcare system won't cover the costs. You should have international medical insurance if you don’t want to pay the costs out-of-pocket.

Birth tourism is popular in Canada because it’s one of the few developed nations that grants any baby born in Canada the right to become a Canadian citizen, irrespective of the status of their parents’ citizenship or visa status.

Average costs of delivering a baby in Canada

Baby delivery medical procedures in CanadaAverage cost with no insuranceAverage cost with insurance or Medicare coverage/rebates
Prenatal doctor visit and care, per visitC$100-C$150 C$0
Prenatal ultrasoundC$300 - C$500C$0 - C$300
Birth and delivery in the hospitalC$5,000- C$8,000C$0 - C$1,000
Cesarean section in the hospitalC$10,000 - C$12,000C$0 - C$1,000
Home birth and delivery with midwifeC$2,500C$860-C$2,500

What’s the average stay in a Canadian hospital like after having a baby?

From prenatal care to resting in the maternity ward after birth, most new moms in Canada will be in the hospital for just a brief time.

Average hospital stay for new moms in Canada

The average hospital stay for new moms after a vaginal delivery is 2 - 3 days. If the delivery was via c-section, the stay increases to approximately 4 days.

Items moms need to bring to the hospital when delivering a baby

You’ll want to bring your prenatal medical records and extra comfort items, toiletries, and clothes for mom and the new baby.

What documents do I need to have a baby in Canada?

When you go to the hospital to have your baby you should bring copies of:

  • Your birth plan
  • Your medical records if you have them
  • Healthcare and/or insurance cards
  • Passports and visas (if applicable)
  • Social insurance numbers (if applicable)

How do I register my baby in Canada?

Each province or territory has its own process for registering your baby’s birth, so you should check with your local authorities for more information. For example in Ontario, the baby should be registered in the first 30 days. When you register online you can simultaneously register for your baby’s birth certificate, social insurance number, and sign up for Canada’s child benefits.

If I am not a Canadian national but have a baby in Canada, will my child have to choose between nationalities or will they get Canadian citizenship?

Any baby born in Canada has the right to become a Canadian citizen, no matter the citizenship or visa status of the parents. After registering your child’s birth and applying for the long-form birth certificate as proof of Canadian citizenship, you can apply for the baby’s Canadian passport by:

  • Completing this application form
  • Gathering proof of the child’s Canadian citizenship
  • Gathering two passport photos
  • Gathering proof of parentage or legal guardianship
  • Finding a guarantor
  • Paying the applicable fees
  • Sending all documents to: Government of Canada, Passport Program, Gatineau QC K1A 0G3, Canada

How long is maternity leave in Canada? What about paternity leave?

Canadian parents are eligible for maternity and parental benefits if they’ve worked at least 600 hours in the prior year. There’s an 18-month parental leave option which lets them earn up to 33% of their normal weekly earnings, or a 12-month option which gives parents 55% of their normal weekly earnings.

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If you’re going to become a new parent in Canada, you’re in luck. Refer back to this post for all of your questions about prenatal care and the birth process in Canada.

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