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Foreign Exchange Guide to Canada

Read this currency guide to Canada with HKD money transfer and travel tips.   [HKD/CAD=0.1698]

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This is a foreign exchange guide to Canada, the Canadian Dollar currency plus HKD to CAD transfers and travel tips.

In this Canada currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Canadian Dollar info - general info about the Canadian Dollar
  2. Canadian Dollar in the markets - recent CAD moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Canada - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Canadian Dollar cash online - travel money for Canada
  5. Sending money to Canada - save on Canadian Dollar bank transfers to Canada
  6. Canadian Dollar exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. CAD News - the latest Canadian Dollar related articles from our blog.

Canadian Dollar (CAD) general currency information

What is the Canadian Dollar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Canadian Dollar is CAD and the symbol is C$.

Which countries use the Canadian Dollar?

It is the domestic currency in Canada.

Representing a little more than 5% of the foreign exchange market daily turnover, the Canadian dollar (ISO: CAD) is the world’s sixth most traded currency.

Frequently called the ‘loonie’ by foreign exchange traders due to the image of a loon (an aquatic bird) on Canada’s one-dollar coin, the currency’s value is heavily influenced by commodities prices, particularly oil. For this reason, the Canadian dollar is often labelled a ‘petro-currency’. Canada currently has the world’s third largest oil reserves and is the world’s fourth largest oil exporter.

Canadians are mostly concerned with the value of their currency against the US dollar, since nearly 80% of Canadian exports go south of the border. In the past two decades, the Canadian dollar lowest value against its US counterpart occurred in January 2002 when the CAD/USD exchange rate traded at just 0.6178. The currency’s two-decade high occurred in November 2007 (following a boom in the oil price) when CAD/USD reached 1.1041.

Canadian Dollar (CAD) in the markets

The Canadian dollar stormed ahead in the second half of June, rising to a 16-week high against the US dollar and to 8-month highs against the euro, pound, Australian and New Zealand dollars. Against the Aussie, a minimal additional increase would take CAD to a 9-year high.

Supporting the loonie was a 10 percent rise in the oil price (oil is among Canada’s most exported products but is volatile and can’t be relied upon), a large and welcome jump in inflation, and dovishness at major central banks of the world, including the Federal Reserve, ECB and RBA.

Any delay to Canadian ratification of the USMCA trade deal (already accepted by Mexico) is likely to depress sentiment on Canada’s currency.

For more details read the full article Canadian Dollar Forecasts.

The interactive chart below shows the HKD to CAD exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Canada


Accessing ATMs and banks is not a problem in Canada with any major credit card.

Getting around by train is a popular way of travel in Canada as it is a big place. Booking a sleeper car can be comfortable for long distance overnight stretches. VIA Rail Canrailpass gives you 12 days of unlimited rail travel in Canada during a 30-day period, check VIA Rail's website for current prices. Bus travel in Canada is an economic and comfortable way to travel, Canada's system of intercity bus routes spans the entire country. Some cities also offer flexible transit passes so you can have unlimited all-day, multi-day, or monthly travel.


Travel money for Canada


Save money and time by Ordering your Canadian Dollar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the CAD cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Canadian Dollar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


Canada Trip Checklist    

  1. Compare CAD travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Canada
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Canada

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Canada you need to start with finding out the latest Canadian Dollar foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Canada

When sending money to Canada it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Canadian Dollar amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted CAD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Canada.

Use our Send to CAD calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Canadian Dollar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive CAD(C$)Exchange RateFee HKDTotal CostDeal Links
WorldFirst logo
8,450 CAD0.16900.47%
OFX logo
8,245 CAD0.16490 for BER users (normally $15)2.89%
DBS Bank logo
8,156.84 CAD0.1633503.92%
Banks - Average Rate
DBS Bank logo Citibank logo HSBC logo
8,071 CAD0.1616554.94%
HSBC logo
8,047.1 CAD0.1612$805.22%
Citibank International Money Transfers
Citibank logo
8,008.08 CAD0.1602125.68%
WorldFirst: Foreign Transfer HKD→CAD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:0.1690 (0.47% from mid-rate)
CAD amount:8,450 CAD
Total Cost:0.47%
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
: 4.6/5.0
OFX: Foreign Transfer HKD→CAD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:0 for BER users (normally $15)
Exchange Rate:0.1649 (2.89% from mid-rate)
CAD amount:8,245 CAD
Total Cost:2.89%
205 CAD less than using WorldFirst
Rate Fetched: Sat Aug 24 2019 00:16:15 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
: 4.8/5.0

DBS Bank logoDBS Bank

DBS Bank: Foreign Transfer HKD→CAD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:0.1633 (3.83% from mid-rate)
CAD amount:8,156.84 CAD
Total Cost:3.92%
293 CAD less than using WorldFirst
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
: /5.0

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer HKD→CAD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:0.1620 (4.59% from mid-rate)
CAD amount:8,071 CAD
Total Cost:4.94%
379 CAD less than using WorldFirst
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers


HSBC: Foreign Transfer HKD→CAD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:$80 HKD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.1612 (5.06% from mid-rate)
CAD amount:8,047.1 CAD
Total Cost:5.22%
403 CAD less than using WorldFirst
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
: /5.0

Citibank logoCitibank

Citibank: Foreign Transfer HKD→CAD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:0.1602 (5.65% from mid-rate)
CAD amount:8,008.08 CAD
Total Cost:5.68%
442 CAD less than using WorldFirst
Time:1:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
: /5.0
Snapshot 08/24/2019 - See full table

CAD/USD - Canadian Dollar to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day+0.12%0.752122 Aug 2019
1 Week-0.04%0.753316 Aug 2019
1 Month-1.03%0.760824 Jul 2019
6 Months-1.12%0.761524 Feb 2019
1 Year-1.35%0.763323 Aug 2018
5 Years-17.45%0.912224 Aug 2014
10 Years-18.79%0.927225 Aug 2009

*For period to 23-Aug 21UTC when CAD/USD was 0.7530

CAD/EUR - Canadian Dollar to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day-0.57%0.678622 Aug 2019
1 Week-0.62%0.678916 Aug 2019
1 Month-1.2%0.682924 Jul 2019
6 Months+0.49%0.671424 Feb 2019
1 Year+2.03%0.661323 Aug 2018
5 Years-2.43%0.691524 Aug 2014
10 Years+4.25%0.647225 Aug 2009

*For period to 23-Aug 21UTC when CAD/EUR was 0.6747

CAD/GBP - Canadian Dollar to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day-0.16%0.613922 Aug 2019
1 Week-1.15%0.620016 Aug 2019
1 Month+0.57%0.609424 Jul 2019
6 Months+5.15%0.582924 Feb 2019
1 Year+2.85%0.595923 Aug 2018
5 Years+11.15%0.551424 Aug 2014
10 Years+8.31%0.565925 Aug 2009

*For period to 23-Aug 21UTC when CAD/GBP was 0.6129

CAD/AUD - Canadian Dollar to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day+0.17%1.113322 Aug 2019
1 Week+0.38%1.111016 Aug 2019
1 Month+2.28%1.090324 Jul 2019
6 Months+4.82%1.063924 Feb 2019
1 Year+5.83%1.053823 Aug 2018
5 Years+13.65%0.981324 Aug 2014
10 Years+0.92%1.105025 Aug 2009

*For period to 23-Aug 21UTC when CAD/AUD was 1.1152

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