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CAD to GBP - Rate Guide

Canadian Dollar to British Pound Sterling exchange rates aren't all the same.

The total cost you are charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider consists of a margin from the interbank mid-rate plus fees. These margins and fees vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions as shown below.

 

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1 CAD = 0.5891 GBP

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CAD to GBP - Trading Range (90 Day)
ALERT: 30-DAY HIGHS 🔔 |
CAD/GBP at 0.5892 is trading 0.4% above the 90-day average 0.5867 with a range 0.5682 to 0.6145. ALERT: CAD/GBP has risen to 30-DAY HIGHS.
19-Jan-2020 16:NY 21:LON 08:SYD+1d

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CAD/GBP Exchange Rates and Providers Compared

This guide to the Canadian Dollar to British Pound Sterling exchange rate with 90-day chart & alerts, historic rates, forecasts and CAD to GBP comparison tables for foreign transfers and travel money rates and fees on offer by banks and foreign exchange providers. If you want to calculate equivalent amounts in foreign currencies or rate margins then use our CAD/GBP Quick Calculator.

Exchange rates can vary significantly depending on the transaction type (transfer, cash or card), currency pair and amount. The below table shows an example of total costs charged by FX specialists and banks for CAD/GBP International Money Transfers. Costs are calculated against the current interbank mid-rate.

 
Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive GBP(£)Exchange RateFee CADTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
£5,845
Best Overall
0.58450^0.8%
XE logo
£5,818
£27 less
0.581801.26%
HSBC logo
£5,672.48
£173 less
0.5681C$153.73%
Coast Capital Savings International Money Transfers
Coast Capital Savings logo
£5,630.13
£215 less
0.5687C$1004.44%
Scotiabank logo
£5,624.19
£221 less
0.5681C$1004.55%
Banks - Average Rate
Coast Capital Savings logo Scotiabank logo HSBC logo TD Canada Trust logo Royal Bank of Canada logo
£5,621
£224 less
0.5668154.6%
TD Canada Trust logo
£5,611.32
£234 less
0.5668C$1004.76%
Royal Bank of Canada logo
£5,566.77
£278 less
0.5623C$1005.52%
 
OFX logo
OFX: Foreign Transfer CAD→GBP
From Amount (CAD)C$10,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $15 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.5845 (0.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £5,845
Total Cost:0.8%
Time:
Rate Fetched: 6:06 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 
XE logo
XE: Foreign Transfer CAD→GBP
From Amount (CAD)C$10,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:0.5818 (1.26% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £5,818
Total Cost:1.26%
Difference:
£27 GBP less than using OFX
Time:6:06 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 3.5/5.0
Reviews:
 
HSBC logo
HSBC: Foreign Transfer CAD→GBP
From Amount (CAD)C$10,000
Fee:C$15 CAD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.5681 (3.58% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £5,672.48
Total Cost:3.73%
Difference:
£173 GBP less than using OFX
Time:6:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Coast Capital Savings logo
Coast Capital Savings: Foreign Transfer CAD→GBP
From Amount (CAD)C$10,000
Fee:C$100 CAD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.5687 (3.48% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £5,630.13
Total Cost:4.44%
Difference:
£215 GBP less than using OFX
Time:6:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Scotiabank logo
Scotiabank: Foreign Transfer CAD→GBP
From Amount (CAD)C$10,000
Fee:C$100 CAD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.5681 (3.58% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £5,624.19
Total Cost:4.55%
Difference:
£221 GBP less than using OFX
Time:6:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
Foreign Transfer CAD→GBP
From Amount (CAD)C$10,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.5597 (5.01% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £5,621
Total Cost:4.6%
Difference:
£224 GBP less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 
TD Canada Trust logo
TD Canada Trust: Foreign Transfer CAD→GBP
From Amount (CAD)C$10,000
Fee:C$100 CAD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.5668 (3.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £5,611.32
Total Cost:4.76%
Difference:
£234 GBP less than using OFX
Time:6:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Royal Bank of Canada logo
Royal Bank of Canada: Foreign Transfer CAD→GBP
From Amount (CAD)C$10,000
Fee:C$100 CAD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.5623 (4.57% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £5,566.77
Total Cost:5.52%
Difference:
£278 GBP less than using OFX
Time:6:06 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 01/20/2020 - See full table

Example of the margins and possible savings when you order travel money online with a currency specialist rather than in-person from banks and currency kiosks.

Travel Money ProvidersAmount GBP(£)Exchange RateFee CADTotal CostDeal Links
Banks - Average Rate Foreign Currency
£510.35
Compare
0.5155C$1013.38%
 
Banks - Average Rate
Travel Money CAD→GBP
From Amount (CAD)C$1,000
Fee:C$10 CAD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.5155 (12.51% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £510.35
Total Cost:13.38%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 
Snapshot 01/20/2020 - See full table

CAD and GBP in the Markets

When determining the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction, in this case the CAD vs GBP, you should pay attention to the recent market trends for both currencies.

Canadian Dollar (CAD)

The threat of proxy war between the US and Iran in Iraq has pared back some of the gains the Loonie had made coming into the New Year.

The Canadian dollar was range bound during the second half of 2019 oscillating between US75c and US76.5c. Mid-year the loonie stormed ahead in June and July, rising to what turned out to be the 2019 high against the US dollar of US76.7cents 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.

The USMCA was signed by the United States, Mexico and Canadian on November 30 at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires. Any delay to Canadian ratification of the USMCA trade deal would have likely depressed sentiment on Canada’s currency.

For more details read the full article Canadian dollar news and forecasts.

Read more in the article CAD Forecasts.

 

British Pound Sterling (GBP)

In the post UK election euphoria the pound rose to over 1.33 USD and 1.20 EUR but has since dropped back over the uncertainty of what sort of trade deal the UK can realistically negotiate with Europe over the next 11 months.

GBP has given up all of those election result gains as Mr Johnson pledged to outlaw any extension to the UK’s post-Brexit transition period at the end of next year. It appears the Brexit volatility in the pound is set to continue for the foreseable future.

For GBP forecasts and predictions read our British Pound Forecasts summary.

Read more in the article GBP Forecasts.

Why can't I just get the CAD/GBP market rate I see online or in the media?

The mid-rate is the rate you will see quoted online or the news. It is actually just the half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the CAD / GBP was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.

All foreign exchange providers charge a fee for providing their service and this fee is usually contained within the exchange rate margin (or difference to the mid-rate). Some providers such as Transferwise will quote you the mid-rate (or close to) and charge a separate percentage fee.

Getting a good market rate is mainly about timing however the transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

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