Canadian Surrogacy Pathway

UK parents choose to go to Canada for surrogacy for its legally-recognised surrogacy agreements and its altruistic culture which emphasises close relationships between parents and surrogates.

Our Canadian Surrogacy Pathway aims to make surrogacy in Canada manageable for UK parents.

Getting to know you


The first step in our Canadian Surrogacy Pathway is a face-to-face meeting with your Brilliant Beginnings client manager.  We will explain the surrogacy process in Canada clearly, break down the different elements involved and help you budget realistically.

We will support you with planning your Canadian surrogacy journey, making sure you have understood everything and there are no missing pieces of the jigsaw.

Choosing your Canadian partners


You will need a team of trusted Canadian surrogacy professionals, including a surrogacy consultancy (which will connect you with a surrogate candidate), a fertility clinic (which will provide your IVF treatment) and a Canadian attorney (who will support you with your surrogacy agreement and any legal process to make you your child’s legal parent in the relevant Canadian province).

We will work with you to match you with the right professionals.  We know the choice can be difficult, so we do the vetting for you.  Our independent personal advice is based on long experience and the visits our team has made to Canada over many years.

We will be part of your initial calls or Skype meetings, and help you decide who to work with.

UK surrogacy law advice


We will also arrange a legal review for you with our sister organisation, specialist surrogacy law firm NGA Law, at no additional cost to you.  We will make sure you fully understand what you need to do to ensure your child is British and you are recognised as legal parents in the UK as well as in Canada.

Support through the Canadian surrogacy process


If you opt for our enhanced service, we will continue to be your trusted point of contact in the UK, managing your surrogacy journey, making sure you don’t miss anything, supporting your decision-making and answering your questions.

We will give you practical and emotional support through the creation and transfer of your embryos (including selecting your egg donor, if relevant), being matched with a surrogate, dealing with the Canadian legal process, the pregnancy, the birth and bringing your baby home.

Our enhanced service also includes continuing legal support from NGA Law to review your Canadian surrogacy contracts and guide you on UK legal issues.  NGA Law can also provide services to represent you in your parental order application after the birth, but this is optional.

From our families created through Canadian surrogacy

Brilliant Beginnings provides an excellent service in this area!  The team are extremely knowledgeable and helpful on our surrogacy journey abroad.  They proactively coordinate every part of the journey: clinics, solicitors and donor and surrogacy agencies, to make it as smooth a journey as possible.

Different-sex parents through surrogacy in Canada

There are a lot of moving parts in this process and it’s been so helpful to have someone in our corner, making sure we understand each decision and checking in with the various agencies when things have been less straightforward. Brilliant Beginnings have been with us every step of the way and we couldn’t have done this without them.

Same-sex parents through surrogacy in Canada

Our Canadian Surrogacy Pathway services cost £6,000 plus VAT for our basic service or £9,000 plus VAT for our enhanced service.  Our fee covers our costs for providing the service on a non-profit basis, and includes UK legal advice.

We will help you budget for all the other costs, including Canadian professional and medical fees, surrogate and egg donor expenses, health insurance and personal travel and accommodation, as well as any UK legal fees following the birth.


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