Giving Birth in Canada - Benefits, Cost, Citizenship, Tourism Visa...

Giving Birth in Canada – Benefits, Cost, Citizenship, Tourism Visa…

COVID-19 Update: Due to COVID-19, there are travel restrictions that limit those who can come into Canada. Until further notice, most foreign nationals (except, Canadians, Permanent Residents – PRs, Students, and Workers) cannot travel to Canada. Thus, even if you have a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) – visitor or tourist visa, you may not be allowed to come into Canada.

Are you considering the possibility of giving birth in Canada? Read On!

The Canadian Citizenship Act – paragraph 3(1)(a) – states that all individuals born in Canada are Canadian citizens, regardless of their parent’s status in Canada. The only exclusion is foreign diplomats who give birth to a child in Canada, cannot be Canadian citizens.

Therefore, if you are a temporary resident in Canada (e.g. a visitor, worker, tourist) and you give birth to a child in Canada, your child automatically becomes a Canadian citizen.

Did you know? The United States of America (USA) and Canada are currently the only G7 nations that have birthright citizenship.


Benefits of Giving Birth in Canada

If an individual is born in Canada, the Canadian-born child has all the rights and privileges as every other Canadian citizen, including:

  • The right to live/reside in Canada or travel to Canada at any time without a visa.
  • The child is entitled to receive and enjoy benefits such as free health care benefits, free education, and free social benefits.

Temporary residents wishing to enter Canada for the purpose of giving birth

A temporary resident who gives birth in Canada is not considered to have violated any terms or conditions.

According to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), a TRV cannot be refused just because an applicant intends to have childbirth in Canada.

Assessment of the TRV application of a pregnant applicant should centre on the essential requirements of TRV just like any other applicants. The fact that an applicant is pregnant should only be considered as a component in the TRV assessment but only in the manner that it affects the assessment of the main requirements for TRV issuance. They are:

  • Does the applicant have sufficient funds for the duration of the trip to Canada?
  • Will the visa applicant depart Canada at the end of their authorized period of stay in Canada?
  • Is the applicant admissible to Canada?

The intent to give birth in Canada (whether indicated or evident) and the pregnancy consideration must relate back to one of the three above primary requirements for issuance of the TRV.



The Cost and Procedure of Giving Birth in Canada

Who Covers the Health Care Costs for Childbirth in Canada?

As a visitor/tourist in Canada, deciding to give birth to a child in Canada has some associated costs ranging from $5,000.00 CAD to $20,000.00. The cost is based on various factors, such as:

  • the health care costs in the province you decide to have your child (some provinces have higher health costs than others).
  • the medical facility that is handling the care (hospital vs. mid-wives)
  • the type of delivery (normal delivery vs. Caesarean section).

This is considered as Birth Tourism in Canada.

The parent of the child born in Canada is NOT eligible to have the costs of the child’s birth covered by Canadian healthcare. The mother of the child will be required to pay out-of-pocket expenses for all the associated medical costs and bills related to the birth of the child. This is mandatory since the parent is not a Canadian resident.

If you are a temporarily residing in Canada resident (e.g. student, worker, etc.), you will usually have medical coverage through your educational institution or the provincial government depending on how long you’ve lived in a specific province. For example, if you are an international student studying in British Columbia, your educational institution will usually arrange for health coverage through a private insurer for the first 3 months before your provincial health care coverage takes effect.


What is the Procedure for Giving Birth in Canada for Non-Resident?

  • Decide that you want to give birth in Canada.
  • Apply for a Canadian TRV.
  • If your TRV application is approved, arrive in Canada.
  • Give birth to your child in Canada.
  • Apply for your child’s birth certificate and the child’s Canadian passport.
  • Return back to your home country.

Need Help to Submit a TRV Visa Application for Birth Tourism? Contact Us!


COVID-19 [February 2021 Update]: Temporary Pause on our Birth Tourism Services

Due to the impacts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Government of Canada (IRCC) is prioritizing applications from:

  • Canadians trying to return to Canada,
  • Vulnerable people, and
  • People who perform or support essential services.

Thus, it is not likely that you will receive a visa decision early enough for you to give birth in Canada. You can find IRCC’s current processing times here.

Similarly, due to COVID-19, there are travel restrictions that limit those who can come into Canada. Until further notice, most foreign nationals (except, Canadians, Permanent Residents – PRs, Students, and Workers) cannot travel to Canada.

Therefore, even if you have a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) – tourist visa, you may not be allowed to come into Canada. You can find more information on the current travel restrictions here.

Additionally, the health care facilities are currently overwhelmed. Hence, medical practitioners and health authorities in Canada may be reluctant to provide a letter, if IRCC requests one.

Based on the preceding, our birth tourism services may not meet your intended purpose. Therefore, we have put a temporary pause on our TRV visa application services for birth tourism in Canada. We will keep monitoring the situation and update this section accordingly.


FAQ’s on Birth Tourism – Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) / Visitor Visa

Should I disclose that I am pregnant or that I intend to give birth in Canada when applying for a Canadian  TRV?

Yes, you should indicate in your visa application that you are pregnant or that you intend to give birth in Canada. This is important as it may be considered as a material fact in the evaluation of your TRV application. If the Canadian visa officer is not advised of the pregnancy, it may go unexamined; like the fact you are pregnant or that you intend to give birth in Canada may be significant to your TRV application assessment. For instance:

  • Have you made pertinent arrangements for your medical treatment in Canada?
  • Do you have the financial capacity to cover the full costs of childbirth in Canada, or
  • What is the likelihood that you’ll depart from Canada after the birth of your child?

Hence, in some circumstances, the deliberate cover-up of intent to give birth in Canada may result in a conclusion of inadmissibility for misrepresentation (under A40), thereby resulting in a visa refusal prior to visa issuance or refusal of entry into Canada on arrival at the port of entry.


Should I answer “Yes” or “No” in the TRV application form where I’m asked if I or “any accompanying family members have any physical or mental disorders that will require social or health services during their stay in Canada”?

The TRV application form asks whether the visa applicant or if any family member(s) that will be going along to Canada with the applicant, have any physical or mental conditions that will need Canada’s health or social services during the stay in Canada.

As pregnancy is not typically deemed as a “medical condition”, the visa applicant may answer “No” to this question. This is not usually considered misrepresentation in the instance of pregnant applicants, based on the wording used.

READ ALSO: Chances of Getting Canada Tourist Visa after Refusal


Could being pregnant be considered as medical inadmissibility to Canada?

No, pregnancy by itself cannot deem a TRV visa applicant as inadmissible to Canada.

Although a “high-risk” pregnancy could result in undue demand on the Canadian health care system, this would usually be hypothetical and would not be applicable to the unborn child, as the child born in Canada will become a citizen at birth.

Any concerns that the child after birth in Canada may be a burden on Canadian health and social services, cannot be used in evaluating the medical admissibility of the TRV applicant.

The focus of Canadian visa officers should be on available financial support, when utilizing the guidelines on temporary residents applicants seeking medical treatment in Canada, as part of their assessment of admissibility.


Will a medical examination be required from pregnant TRV applicants?

As per IRCC, a medical examination should only be requested in extraordinary cases. For instance, where the information from the medical examination would be material to the assessment of the TRV visa application.


Was Your Canada Tourist Visa Application Rejected?

If you are considering reapplying, it is a good idea for you to first get the complete details on your previous application from IRCC.

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37 thoughts on “Giving Birth in Canada – Benefits, Cost, Citizenship, Tourism Visa…”

  1. Ganiyat Abdulsalam Haway

    I am a pregnant Nigerian female with the intention of going to Canada for delivery. I have a brother in Alberta who is currently a permanent resident with his family.
    What I would like to know is, does having my baby become a Canadian citizen by virtue of birth afford me a better chance of obtaining a permanent residency/citizenship status in the near future? I mean can my husband and I apply for permanent residency by virtue of our child being a Canadian citizen?

    1. CanadaWiz Team

      Ganiyat Abdulsalam Haway,
      Neither you nor your husband can apply for permanent residency/citizenship by virtue of your child being a Canadian citizen due to being born in Canada. However, in the future (if Canadian immigration law is still the same), when your child reaches the age of majority (usually 18 years of age), he/she can apply to sponsor you and your husband to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. If you and your husband are looking to becoming Canadian permanent residents in the short-term, you will want to consider other immigration routes, for example, Express Entry.

  2. MY NAMES AR JOSEPH IDRIS. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION FOR TRV TO CANADA TO GIVE BIRTH.
    I WANT MY WIFE TO GIVE BIRTH IN CANADA AND I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MY CHANCES OF OBTAINING VISA AND THE REQUIREMENTS.

    1. Idris Jiseph,
      The requirements for application for TRV to give birth in Canada is similar to a regular TRV. The only difference being that your wife has to indicate in her application that the purpose of her visit to Canada is to give birth and meet the additional requirements.
      Refer to the answer we provided above to the question “Should I disclose that I am pregnant or that I intend to give birth in Canada when applying for a Canadian TRV?”
      What country will you be applying from? If you will be applying from Nigeria, this post has detailed information on the Canada TRV process.

  3. I’m permanent resident of Canada and living in Ontario , but my wife dose not have PR and she has TRV and also Expresses entry application in process , she is pregnant now and I’m wondering if I can use my Ohip coverages for some of her maternity costs or do I have to pay from my pocket

    1. Can you please help my wife with the process too, she will like to give birth in Canada my no is {your phone number has been deleted to protect your privacy}.

    2. Armin,
      To ensure that you get the most accurate information, we recommended that you contact OHIP to ask. Please come back and post a follow-up comment to let us know what you found out, so that others like Gaspar Raposo can gain from your knowledge. All the best!

  4. Please help me out here I want my wife to deliver in Canada and I was introduced to an agent who took our money and for one year now story story from the agent and my wife have birth in my country Nigeria and this time I do not want to make the same mistakes again
    Please help us out here my email {your email has been deleted to protect your privacy}

    1. Obuefuna Cyprian,
      Sorry to hear about your experience with an agent who defrauded you and your wife. To ensure that you do not make the same mistakes again, you want to first ensure that your wife meets the requirements to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) from Nigeria.
      If she meets the requirement, she can follow the step-by-step process here and apply on her own. Or if you/she requires one-on-one assistance, feel free to contact us for help.

      1. Funmilayo Adenusi

        Good morning, do I need to register with a hospital while in Nigeria or when I get there.

        In my place of work, I will only be allow to leave for Canada when I m about to put to bed, what maximum age limit(pregnancy age now) will be allo to travel

  5. Hello,
    I am a Canadian permanent resident, my girlfriend is pregnant in the United Estates. I would like to know if she can come to gift birth to my kid in Canada where I live and if my health care will cover that?

    1. Jon,
      Congrats to you and your girlfriend on the pregnancy. As health care varies by province, kindly confirm the province you live in to ensure that we provide you with accurate information.

      1. Hi!

        Need some guidance.

        I am a Candian Citizen. Born and raised here in winnipeg, Mb. My Wife is currently here on a visiting visa from Vietnam. She is expected to go back to Vietnam in March 2021. However I do t believe restrictions will allow her.
        I am in the process of sponsoring her.

        My wife is now pregnant. I want to have the child here in Canada. Can I extend the visa? What options do I have to keep her here. And also, if my wife gives birth here in winnipeg, will it be covered under my health care?

        Please help.

        Best Regards,
        Andrew

  6. OARE FREDRICK OJEHOMON

    Are there any travel ban for people from Nigeria who want to give birth in canada this year? Because i want to commence the process of obtaining TRV.

    1. Oare Fredrick Ojehomon,
      The COVID-19 restrictions by the Prime Minister / Government of Canada stop most discretionary (non-essential) travel to Canada. An individual wanting to travel from Nigeria to Canada to give birth will fall into this category.
      As of today, people from Nigeria (or any other country for that matter) wanting to give birth in Canada cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid visitor/tourist visa. As travel restrictions may change with little notice, I cannot say if/when the restriction will be lifted this year.

      1. Hi! I am pregnant and have a working visa and I have a valid health care card. Is my medical fees, and hospital bills will be free? I’m worried if not. Please help me. The father of my becoming child is Permanent resident but we’re not married.

  7. Hello, I applied for Temporary Residence Visa for birth 2 months ago. My hospital appointment is in a month time. I haven’t received any response which is making me nervous. I paid medicals fees in full and attached all necessary documents. Is there hope for me? My due date is in 4 months

  8. hi there, my name is Alan,
    I and my wife are originally from Mexico and we are permanent residents of Canada, we are trying to have family, but for us, in order to do that, we will need to use a surrogate mother. My brother’s sister in law (also from Mexico) has offered to be our surrogate mother. We also have already our own embryos in Vancouver and are ready to be transferred. So we need our surrogate to come to Canada for the transfer as soon as flights from Mexico are open again (right now there are no flights because of COVID until April 30, and then we would like to have the baby delivered also here in Canada. so is this all possible? and what kind of visa should be applied for her for this matter? is it the TRV as well? and what are the chances we will get approved?

  9. Hi, Im a Canadian living in USA (for 2 years now) and I want to give birth in Canada, how can I get free health care again in order to delivery in Canada for free? Thank you!

  10. Hi,
    I am a permanent resident of Canada but my partner is not. She is in Canada with me on a TRV (visitor visa). We are planning to have a baby in Canada, Ontario, where we are staying. I have OHIP only for me, but can I get coverage of some of our maternity and delivery costs using my OHIP? Also, how can I get OHIP for my partner?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi,
      If your wife is on a visitor visa, she, unfortunately, cannot be covered provincially or federally. I would call OHIP to double-check.

  11. Greetings
    I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION FOR TRV TO CANADA TO GIVE BIRTH.
    I WANT MY WIFE TO GIVE BIRTH IN CANADA.
    WE PRESENTLY HAVE 🇦🇪 UAE RESIDENT VISA.

  12. Adeleke Segun Adedolapo

    Good day,
    I am a Nigerian whose wife is currently pregnant and I would like her to Deliver the baby in Canada in 3 months from now. Kindly advise on the possibility of having this done and the financial implication.

  13. Jonathan Paradise Ogheneovo

    How long does it take to process the birth certificate and passport of the child once born in canada 🇨🇦?

    1. Hello,

      This depends on your province. I would give it 3 weeks to 1 month for birth certificate and for non-urgent passports, 3 weeks to 1 month as well. If travel is imminent, indicate it when applying for your child’s passport.

  14. As you said there is no certain of opening for birth tourism visa but still can i process to apply for tourist visa,( due date is in september)??

  15. Hi, i’m lebanese and pregnant and want to give birth in Canada. Is it possible to get visa for that matter?
    Where should i mention the purpose of my trip? Will i be granted the visa?

  16. Hi, I would like to give birth in Canada, Montreal to be exact. Could you give be options of hospitals, OBGYN sound that area and costs associated with giving birth.

  17. God Bless Great countries like Canada, I would love to have a direct chat with the admin if given an opportunity.

    Warm Regards

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