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Top 3 Money Transfer Providers for Saudi Arabia to Canada

Provider Amount Received Fee Exchange Rate Speed
Currency Solutions Currency Solutions CAD $3,669.95 46.78SAR 0.367 1-3 days more...
WorldFirst WorldFirst CAD $3,705.82 No Fee 0.3706 1-3 days more...
Smart Currency Exchange Smart Currency Exchange CAD $3,659.99 23.39SAR 0.366 1-3 days more...
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SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabias currency, the Saudi riyal, is pegged to the US dollar (USD), and the exchange rate has been fixed at 3 Read More
CANADA
Canada has no foreign exchange controls, making overseas money transfers to Canada or sending money from Canada simple Read More
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Top 4 Money Transfer Providers

Latest prices for transferring money from Saudi Arabia to Canada
Exchange Rates as of 27 March 2020, 17:46

Currency Solutions

Est. 2003

Currency exchange specialists ranking No.1 on Trustpilot for the past two years

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Amount Received
CAD $3,669.95
No saving vs. banks

WorldFirst

Est. 2004

Transparency and security | Great customer feedback rating from Feefo

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Amount Received
CAD $3,705.82
SAR ﷼ 21.18
saved vs. banks

Smart Currency Exchange

Est. 2004
Smart is focused on helping clients to effectively and efficiently send and receive payments internationally
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Amount Received
CAD $3,659.99
No saving vs. banks

RationalFX

Est. 2005
Established in 2005, RationalFX helps individuals and businesses achieve significant savings on international payments
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Amount Received
CAD $3,661.71
No saving vs. banks

How to Transfer Money from Saudi Arabia to Canada

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Saudi Arabia to Canada Guide

Summary

Saudi Arabia and Canada are involved in a number of bilateral initiatives related to economics, energy and trade. The two countries have close ties through education and share common interests in the areas of energy security, counter-terrorism, and humanitarian affairs. Currently, there are no restrictions for individuals or firms that wish to transfer money from Saudi Arabia to Canada, the Saudi Riyal (SAD) to the Canadian Dollar (CAD).

Visas, work permits and residency

Saudi Arabian citizens must apply for a visa to visit or travel through Canada, and will need to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) at the time of the visa application. There are three types of visa applications: a tourist or transit visa, a business visa, or a parent or grandparent visa for visiting relatives. If Canadian citizenship is the goal, certain criteria must be fulfilled before achieving full citizenship, including establishing permanent residence status, having lived in Canada three of the last four years at the time of application, and passing a citizenship test. Please refer to the website of the Canadian Embassy in Saudi Arabia for more details.

Buying property in Canada

Citizens and permanent residents of Saudi Arabia are largely free to acquire property and transfer money from Saudi Arabia to Canada to fund their property purchase. However, some restrictions do apply, depending on the province in which the property is located. Saudi Arabian citizens who are not residents of Canada may purchase real estate, though if staying longer than six months, applying for immigrant status is required.


Some Canadian provinces limit the amount of property or land that a non-resident can purchase; in certain cases, provincial governments may require additional permissions to purchase property or land that is over a certain size. For example, local regulation in Alberta stipulates that a non-resident may own no more than two plots of land, and the total acreage cannot exceed 20 acres. Non-residents in Manitoba cannot own farmland unless they plan to move there and take up residence within two years of the purchase date. In Saskatchewan, non-residents many not own land that exceeds 10 acres in size. Non-residents in Prince Edward Island who wish to purchase land over five acres in size or that is situated along a shoreline with shore frontage that is greater than 165 feet, must first apply to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission.


Before Saudi citizens can transfer money from Saudi Arabia to Canada to purchase property, it is recommended to seek the services of a Canadian realtor to help navigate the local real estate market and ensure all applicable rules are followed. It is common for Canadian real estate agents to insert clauses stating that the buyer is able to meet the financial obligations of the property purchase, and that the purchase is contingent upon a full building inspection.

Studying in Canada

Canada requires a study permit and a temporary resident visa for Saudi Arabian citizens who wish to study in Canada for more than six months. If planning to stay less than six months for a study program, citizens of Saudi Arabia are not required to have a study permit, but will need to apply for a temporary resident visa. There are no limits on an international funds transfer from Saudi Arabia to Canada to support foreign students.

Taxation

Saudi Arabian citizens earning income while in Canada must declare their earnings and pay taxes on their income in Canada. Saudi Arabia is a tax-free country, and currently, there is no tax treaty agreement in place between Saudi Arabia and Canada.

Healthcare

Canada provides publicly-funded healthcare to its citizens and permanent residents under the Canada Health Act, which is implemented by the ten provincial governments. Saudi Arabian citizens and permanent residents who are only temporarily visiting Canada are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any overseas medical costs.

Voting

Only Canadian citizens are eligible to vote in Canadian Federal elections. Currently, Saudi Arabian citizens living abroad are not able to participate in Saudi Arabian elections.

Importing from Saudi Arabia to Australia

Saudi Arabia and Canada share common interests in a number of global initiatives, including counter-terrorism, energy security, trade and economic interests, and humanitarian affairs. As the world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia is a leading member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and, along with Canada, is involved in a number of energy-related issues. Ties between the countries are strengthened through education, with over 15,000 citizens of Saudi Arabia studying in Canada currently. In 2010 the King of Saudi Arabia established the C$5.33m Chair for Dialogue among Civilizations at the University of Toronto. In 2013, Saudi Arabian imports into Canada totaled C$2.7 billion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the money transfer companies shown above safe to use?

Yes, all the companies are safe and fully-regulated money transfer services. Each are authorised and regulated by the relevant authority such as the Financial Conduct Authority(FCA) in the UK, FinCEN in the US, FinTRAC in Canada or ASIC in Australia.

How long does an international money transfer take?

The speed of delivery will depend on where the money is being from and to and how you are sending and receiving the money. Transfers sent using bank to bank transfers can depend take anywhere from minutes to days and you should check the time estimates from the relevant provider. Debit and credit card payments sometimes allow for faster transfers for smaller amounts.

How do I use FXcompared?

First review the comparison results (such as for a table above) for a given amount of money sending from Saudi Arabia to Canada. Then select a provider based on factors such as price, speed, their rating and click the green button to be taken to their website. From there, you can register and sign up for an account. Once you have done that and the provider has verified your identity to ensure the money can be send safely, you will be ready to transfer money.

What payments methods can I use to send money overseas?

The results shown above are typically for bank to bank transfers. It is possible via some providers to pay in your funds for the transfer via cash, debit or credit cards as well but this is usually reserved for smaller amounts. Some providers also give you different options for how the money will be received - to a bank account (most common), to a debit card, to cash or to a digital or mobile wallet.

What if the price shown above isn’t exactly what I am offered when I try to transfer money?

There can be a number of reasons why the final price you are offered may be different to that shown in the table above. Exchange rates between two currencies change all the time and is the most common reason. Additionally, some providers offer different pricing depending what method you are using to send funds or how the funds will be received. Others may offer you a premium service for faster payments. In some cases FXcompared has a special rate with a provider and this is reserved for first time customers who sign up to the provider starting from FXcompared’s website. As prices do change often, be sure to confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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