It is legal to be a surrogate in Canada but there are some restrictions, mainly around compensation. The Assisted Human Reproduction Acts in Canada prohibits direct compensation meaning that surrogates cannot be paid for their services however they can be reimbursed for their related expenses. The specific expenses that can be reimbursed are outlined in individual legal contracts but some examples are outlined below.
Related expenses may include:
- Gym/fitness memberships
- Groceries and prepared food
- Maternity clothes
- Massage,chiropractor, foot care
- Travel related to medical appointments
- Lost wages (conditions apply)
Expenses that you would incur regardless of the surrogacy, pregnancy or donation (i.e. rent, mortgage payment, car insurance) are not reimbursable.