How Much Money Do You Need to Immigrate to Canada in 2024?

Published on: June 19th, 2024

One of the most common questions we receive from people wanting to immigrate to Canada is, ‘How much money do I need?’ This question is essential for anyone planning their move, as understanding the financial requirements can help ensure a smooth transition.


The cost of immigrating to Canada varies significantly depending on the immigration path you choose. Whether you’re applying through the Express Entry system, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Family Sponsorship, Business Immigration, or for a Study Permit, each pathway has its own set of fees and expenses.

As we mentioned in our blog post, “First Steps to Immigrate to Canada: A Beginner’s Guide“, the key to a successful immigration process is thorough research and preparation. Gathering as much information as possible about the different immigration paths will help you make informed decisions and plan your finances accordingly.

As you read on, we’ll provide an overview of the costs associated with each immigration path to Canada and additional expenses you should consider. So, get ready to embark on an exciting journey towards your new life in Canada, and let us guide you through the financial steps to make your dream a reality.

Costs of Common Immigration Paths to Canada

When planning your immigration to Canada, it’s crucial to understand that the costs associated with each immigration path can vary significantly. Each program has its own fee structures and requirements, making it essential to choose the path that best suits your situation and budget. Below, we provide an overview of the most common immigration paths and their general cost descriptions. We encourage you to explore the full guides linked below each path for a thorough understanding of the specific costs involved.


Express Entry

The Express Entry system is one of the most popular ways to immigrate to Canada, designed for skilled workers who wish to become permanent residents. It includes three federal immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

The main costs associated with Express Entry include application fees, language test fees, and educational credential assessments. The application fee for a single applicant is approximately CAD 1,325, which includes the processing fee and the right of permanent residence fee. Additional costs include language tests (about CAD 300) and educational credential assessments (around CAD 200).

For a comprehensive breakdown of all costs associated with Express Entry, be sure to read our full guide, “Canada Express Entry Guide”.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. Each province has its own specific streams and criteria.

The costs for the PNP vary by province. Generally, applicants can expect to pay a nomination fee ranging from CAD 250 to CAD 1,500, depending on the province. Additional costs include language tests, educational credential assessments, and federal application fees, similar to those for Express Entry.

For further information on the costs involved in the PNP, read our guide, “Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) Guide“.

Family Sponsorship

Family Sponsorship allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their relatives to come to Canada as permanent residents. This program aims to reunite families by allowing close relatives to live, work, and study in Canada.

The main costs for Family Sponsorship include the sponsorship fee and the application fee. The total fee for sponsoring a spouse, partner, or child is approximately CAD 1,050. Additional costs may include biometrics fees (CAD 85 per person) and medical exams.

To understand all the costs involved in Family Sponsorship, read our comprehensive guide, “Family Sponsorship Guide“.

Business Immigration

Business Immigration programs are designed for individuals who can invest in or start businesses in Canada, contributing to the economy and creating jobs. This category includes programs like the Start-up Visa Program and the Self-employed Persons Program.

The costs associated with Business Immigration can be substantial, including investment requirements and application fees. For example, the Start-up Visa Program requires a minimum investment of CAD 200,000 from a designated Canadian venture capital fund. Application fees are approximately CAD 1,575.

For a complete overview of the costs and requirements for Business Immigration, read our guide, “Business Immigration Programs“.

Study in Canada

Obtaining a study permit allows international students to study at designated learning institutions in Canada. This path can also lead to permanent residency through various programs available to graduates.

Costs: The main costs for studying in Canada include tuition fees, which can range from CAD 7,000 to CAD 29,000 per year, depending on the institution and program. Additional costs include the study permit application fee (CAD 150), biometrics fees, and living expenses.

For a detailed cost analysis of studying in Canada, read our guide, “Studying in Canada“.

Temporary Worker in Canada

The Temporary Worker program allows foreign nationals to work in Canada for a specific employer and time period. This program is beneficial for those looking to gain Canadian work experience.

The costs for a temporary work permit include the application fee (CAD 155) and biometrics fees. Employers may also be required to pay additional fees, such as the employer compliance fee (CAD 230).

To understand all the costs and processes involved in becoming a temporary worker in Canada, read our guide, “Work in Canada: Canadian Work Permit & Visa Process“.


Other Costs Related to Immigration

Passport Updates

One of the side costs you need to keep in mind when thinking about immigrating to Canada, it’s crucial to ensure that your passport is valid for at least the duration of your Study or Work permit, or your application could be denied. Depending on your country of origin, the process of updating or renewing your passport can vary in cost and time. On average, passport renewal fees range from CAD 50 to CAD 200. 

Flying Tickets

The cost of flying to Canada can vary significantly depending on your departure location, the time of year, and the airline. On average, one-way tickets to Canada can range from CAD 500 to CAD 2,000. Booking your flight well in advance and being flexible with your travel dates can help you find the best deals. Additionally, consider additional baggage fees if you plan to bring more than the standard allowance.

International Insurance

Having international health insurance is essential when immigrating to Canada, as it provides coverage for medical emergencies and health care needs until you become eligible for any provincial health care plan. Also for sone Study and work permits, having international insurance is a requirement. The cost of international insurance varies based on your age, health condition, and coverage plan, typically ranging from CAD 50 to CAD 200 per month. Ensuring you have comprehensive coverage can save you from unexpected medical expenses.

Living Costs

The cost of living in Canada varies greatly depending on the city and province you choose to settle in. Here’s a breakdown of some typical living expenses:

  • Housing: Monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment can range from CAD1,200 in smaller cities to CAD 2,500 in major cities like Toronto and Vancouver.
  • Utilities: Monthly utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage) can cost around CAD 150 to CAD 200.
  • Groceries: On average, a single person may spend about CAD 300 to CAD 500 per month on groceries.
  • Transportation: Public transportation costs can range from CAD 100 to CAD 180 per month, depending on the city. If you plan to drive, consider additional costs for insurance, fuel, and maintenance.


Thorough research and careful planning are essential to manage the financial aspects of immigrating to Canada. Consider all potential costs and create a detailed budget to ensure a smooth transition.

For more personalized advice or additional information on the immigration process, feel free to contact us


Let us help you make your dream of living in Canada a reality!


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