Surrogacy is legal in Canada, however, compensated or commercial (for fee/profit) surrogacy is now prohibited.
Under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act passed in 2004, a surrogate mother may only be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses. Although compensated or commercial surrogacy is common throughout the US, a surrogate mother in Canada cannot receive any sort of wage or fee for carrying a child. This form of surrogacy is called "altruistic surrogacy".
Click here to view the Assisted Human Reproduction Act.
Click here to access Canada's Assisted Human Reproduction website.
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