If you are a Canadian customer, there are several options available for sending money to Nigeria.
However, selecting a money transfer service is usually not an easy task.
There are several considerations involved in this process to ensure that you are balancing both efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
In recent times, we have seen the launch of several online transfer platforms such as Wise, Remitly, and XE that each offer their own unique set of benefits.
Depending on what you value (cheapest cost, fastest speed, etc.), each of these providers may be a worthwhile option for you.
1. Select a Money Transfer Service
The first step to being able to send money is to select the money transfer service that offers you the benefits you are looking for.
When looking to send money to Nigeria, you have the option of using various online platforms such as Wise (previously known as Transferwise), Remitly, WorldRemit, Skrill and XE.
Alternatively, you can also use your banking provider (such as RBC, CIBC, BMO, Scotiabank, TD, etc.) to complete a wire transfer directly to your recipient’s bank account.
2. Create an Account
Assuming you are using an online transfer service, your next step would be to create an account with the requisite provider.
To do this, you would first need to download their mobile app or navigate to their website.
Once there, you can create an account by providing your personal identification details, bank account details, and other relevant information that the provider requests.
3. Enter Your Recipient’s Details
Next, you also need to enter your recipient’s details.
In most cases, you will be asked basic personal information about the recipient as well as their online banking details to ensure that the money is sent to the right account.
4. Select How Much Money to Send and Pay for Your Transfer
The last step is to select the amount of money that you want to send to your recipient, and then execute the transfer.
At this stage, you will be able to view the exact fee structure including any administrative fees, currency conversion fees, etc.
Once you have reviewed and accepted the details, the transfer will be initiated and the recipient will receive the funds in a few business days.
Most online services offer different methods of paying for your transfer.
You can often choose between two or more of: (i) direct debit, (ii) bank transfer, (iii) debit card, and (iv) credit card.
However, you will likely find that each method has different fees and processing times associated with it.
Key Considerations When Sending Money from Canada to Nigeria
Below is a list of items you should keep in mind before transferring money from one country to another:
CAD/NGN Exchange rate
1 CAD = 288.165 NGN at 9:18 PM UTC on Sunday December 04, 2022.
If you are converting between the Canadian Dollar and the Nigerian Naira, you should monitor the exchange rate that the provider offers and compare it to the market rate to see the differential.
While some providers may offer lower administrative fees, they may take a higher cut of the foreign exchange (FX) conversion.
It is important to know this beforehand to make the best decision for yourself.
Most online transfer platforms will charge a fee for their service.
This fee may vary based on the provider, the amount of money being sent, currency, etc.
As such, it is crucial to assess the net amount that the recipient will receive in hand to understand the total fees charged by the provider.
The total turnaround time that it takes for your recipient to receive the money from the time you send it.
While this may not be a primary consideration in the way that costs and processing time would be, it is still important to know what type of customer support you can expect if there is a processing error or other barrier preventing your money from being transferred correctly.
What Currency Does Nigeria Use?
Nigeria uses the Nigerian Naira (NGN) for its currency.
The Central Bank of Nigeria issues all legal tender in the country and operates with a mandate to maintain external reserves, promote a sound financial system and monetary policy, and advise the government on key policy matters.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the best way to send money from Canada to Nigeria?
Online transfer services such as Wise, Remitly or Remitbee are generally the best way to send money from Canada to Nigeria as they offer speed, cost-effectiveness and convenience.
You can also use your banking provider to complete a wire transfer although that does tend to be more expensive than an online transfer.
- Can I send an e-transfer from Canada to Nigeria?
No, you cannot send a standard e-transfer (i.e. one where you just need the recipient’s email and/or phone number) internationally outside of Canada.
- How long does it take to send money from Canada to Nigeria?
Depending on which provider you use and your method type (credit/debit card, bank transfer, etc.), you can typically expect a processing time that ranges between 1 to 5 business days.
- Can I send money from Canada to Nigeria for free?
The short answer is no. Even if someone advertises ‘zero fees’ in their marketing materials, you usually will have to pay an exchange rate that is unfavourable compared to other providers.