Surrogacy in Canada

Surrogacy Agencies in Canada

If we talk about Canada, it’s illegal to seek the paid services from a surrogate mother or paying for human sperm and eggs. Moreover, only altruistic surrogacy is allowed in Canada and matching the surrogates with the parents’ along with co-related services is strictly prohibited. Also, the agencies are only allowed to provide paid assistance in regards to:


  • any type of recommendations in regards to services from lawyers, psychologists, fertility clinics, doctors, and hospitals
  • making a schedule in regards to all the above mentioned services
  • providing further assistance in dealing with all types of queries from such people at every point through to their journey
  • proper counseling and emotional support during the process
  • Services in regards to the investigation of the surrogate’s background and lifestyle
  • providing assistance in regards to various forms to be filled during the medical processes
  • background checking of the related clinics and their reputation in regards to the provided services
  • providing recommendations in regards to the medical needs of the intended parents
  • assistance in regards to meetings with the related clinics or medical expert
  • Logistics support and managing all the travel arrangements
  • helping the clients in making of various spread sheets and preparing proper records to make sure only realistic expenses are claimed and are reimbursed
  • acting as a bridge between the surrogate and the intended parents for any types of communication
  • helping in preparations of birth plans
  • proper scheduling of DNA testing
  • helping the intended parents while referring them to required legal professionals for the declaration of parentage
  • keeping in touch with the surrogates or the gestational carriers post pregnancy.

Benefits of Surrogacy in Canada

There are a number of benefits while seeking a surrogacy arrangement in Canada and cost is the biggest of them all. whilst the surrogacy arrangement in USA costs up to $120,000, same can only be practiced in Canada for around $70, 000.Moroever, the baby which gets born out of the surrogacy arrangement is eligible for the Canadian citizenship and the intended parents can soon fly back to their own country with the baby’s Canadian passport alongside.

Canada also offers national health care service, which covers up all the charges in relation to the surrogate and the delivery process. This can help both the intended parents and the surrogate mother big time in saving lot of money for all those treatments during the pregnancy. However the same social security service doesn’t cover up the child of a foreign citizens, so every cost in relation to NICU care or an incubator (in case of a premature delivery) comes as the sole responsibility of the intended parents.

 

Points to ponder about before pursuing surrogacy in Canada

 

There are certain Canadian provinces that permit altruistic surrogacy within their legal territories for foreign couples. However, there are certain surrogacy agencies in Canada that may not provide the required services and assistance. Hence, getting onboard with your respective surrogacy agency is highly recommended.

Moreover, the waiting time for the surrogate mother may go up to 6 to 12 months depending on the surrogacy agency you are dealing with.

The couples may require signing an agreement with the surrogate mother before carrying out the embryo transfer process. Ontario parentage legislation approves this agreement as an evidence one shall file for the custody of the future child. The agreement would carry all the details and clauses that are a part of your surrogacy agreement with the service agency, including the birth registration details and parentage declaration.

 

What is ‘All families are equal’ act?

 

The country has recently passed ‘All families are equal’ act that further makes the acceptance of legal status of parents in Ontario irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The act has proved to be a life saver for most of the same-sex couples who didn’t have an option of IVF for their specific surrogacy plan earlier. Moreover, there are some critical changes in the Ontario parentage laws starting from 2nd of January 2017 after the passing of ‘all families are equal’ act. According to the law, the gay couple requires an ovum donor and a surrogate mother to carry through the surrogacy.

Every province in Canada got its respective laws and guidelines regarding birth registration and parentage declaration in Canada. Still, British Columbia and Ontario is the best province that facilitates the surrogacy process better than others. So, being an intended parent, you need to think about the place where the childbirth has to be done before the commencement of the surrogacy process.

So if you are a foreigner who is looking for Surrogacy in Canada, there are two main things that you need to think about beforehand – birth registration laws of the country in which the surrogacy program is planned and the parentage laws of couple’s own country.


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