Surrogacy Law in Canada

Canada provides one of the most favourable legal climates for surrogacy and egg donation arrangements, with clients from around the world coming to Canada.

Surrogacy is Legal

The Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA)

Surrogacy in Canada is legal, but providing compensation to the surrogate is prohibited under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. A Canadian surrogate can, however, be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses they incur as a result of the pregnancy—this is known as altruistic surrogacy.

Canadian Fertility Consulting works within the legal and legislative framework to provide expert assistance, and to help you navigate the often confusing and contradictory regulations.

To learn more about the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, please visit The Government of Canada website.

Day on the Hill

Lobby to Amend the AHRA

On December 5, 2017, Canadian Fertility Consulting joined Fertility Advisors, Egg Helpers and numerous fertility lawyers, physicians, Canadian surrogates and parents through surrogacy, to lobby on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to amend the AHRA on decriminalizing the payment of surrogacy and gamete donation in Canada.
For more information on amending the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, please contact us.

Decriminalization of Surrogacy and Gamete Donation

An Update on our Work to Change Canadian Legislation

On March 27, 2018 we joined Liberal MP Anthony Housefather in a press conference to discuss the need for the decriminalization of surrogacy and gamete donation in Canada. We also discuss plans to introduce a private member’s bill which will begin to address the issue affecting thousands of Canadians.

Joining us in support of the decriminalization of payment to surrogates and gamete donation:

  • Dr. Clifford Librach, president elect of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society and medical director of CReATe Fertility Centre
  • Cindy Wasser, barrister and solicitor from Hope Springs Fertility Law and parent through surrogacy
  • Alex McNab, attorney and parent through surrogacy
  • Jan Silverman, counsellor and advocate for infertility patients
  • Anita Vandenbeld, MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus and an international expert on democracy and human rights
  • Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament
  • Canadian surrogates and egg donors