In this article, we will discuss on this topic “how much does it cost to immigrate to Canada“. Canada is rated very high for having an excellent quality of life, a well-developed public education system, and access to healthcare. In 2020, Canada was ranked second as the best country (overall) in the world by the U.S. News., dominating the rankings with high scores in the quality of life, citizenship and business categories. Some other important factors that make Canada an attractive country on the global stage are its multicultural population and welcoming immigration policies.

Moving to a new country is not only a huge life decision but also requires a substantial financial commitment. In this article, we will share the total cost breakdown for a few key types of applications – Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), a study permit, and a working holiday visa.

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Cost of applying for immigration to Canada through Express Entry and the PNP

Generally speaking, as an individual applicant, you would need approximately $15,500 CAD to immigrate to Canada. Couples would need around $21,000 CAD while families with children will require between $25,000 to $30,000 CAD. The table below provides a detailed breakdown of expected immigration costs.

Fee TypeNotesIndividualCoupleCouple + 1 ChildCouple + 2 Children
Language tests (IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, or TCF)Average cost.300600600600
Educational Credential Evaluation (ECA)Cost excluding international courier delivery charges.200400400400
BiometricsCharges for 2 or more people remain the same provided all members are applying at the same time and place.85170170170
Medical examsAverage cost; fee varies by country.100200300400
Application processing fee8501,7001,9302,160
Right of permanent residence fee5151,0301,0301,030
Miscellaneous fees (police certificate, transcripts, courier delivery, photos, notaries, translations, etc.)Average (assumed) cost.250500600700
Settlement fundsNot applicable for Canadian Experience Class (CEC).13,75717,12721,05525,564

Those applying through the PNP, are required to pay additional application fees based on the province they are applying to. Here is an overview of the provincial fees:

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)500
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)1,150
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)500
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)250
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)250
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)0
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)1,500 or 2,000
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEIPNP)300
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)350


  • Quebec has an independent immigration program for skilled workers. 
  • The territories – Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon have provincial nominee programs driven by business or employer job offer streams.

The figures outlined here only include the cost of filing an immigration application. In addition to these costs, you will need to budget for your flight, accommodation, and other living expenses.

Cost of applying for a Canadian study permit for international students

How Much Does It Cost To Immigrate To Canada?

Unlike the Express Entry or PNP, calculating the total cost of applying for a student permit is slightly complex as universities and colleges have different application fees. You must be accepted into a Canadian Designated Learning Institution in order to be able to apply for a study permit. Here’s a broad overview of the costs you can expect:

Fee TypeCost per individual
($ CAD)
University/college application fees: These are processing fees charged by the university. This fee is non-refundable irrespective of whether or not you get accepted. Note that some colleges don’t charge an application fee.Ranges between 100 to 500
Study permit application fee150
Biometrics feeIndividual: 85
2 or more people applying at the same time and place: 170
Language testing (if required)Average cost: 300 
Medical exams (if required)Fee varies by country.
Average cost: 100
Miscellaneous expenses (police certificate, transcripts, courier delivery, photos, notaries, translations, etc.)Average (assumed) cost: 250
Tuition feesVaries by programs/courses and the college or university you enrol at. Average annual tuition 2021/2022:
Undergraduate program: 33,623
Post-graduate program: 21,120
MBA program: 86,000
Health insurance600 to 1,000
Funds to support your stay and/or a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)All provinces except Quebec: 10,000 per year.
In Quebec: 11,000 per year
More details available on the government of Canada website.

Cost of applying for International Experience Canada (IEC) – Working Holiday Visa for Canada

IEC allows eligible individuals to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. To apply through this program, youth from over 30 countries can apply to live and work in Canada. These are countries that have an agreement with Canada for allowing its citizens to apply for an IEC work permit. The permits are valid for either 12 or 24 months, depending on your country of citizenship. More details about this program are available on the Government website

Here is an overview of some of the fees for the working holiday visa:

Fee TypeCost ($ CAD)
IEC participation fee156
Open work permit holder fee100
Biometrics fee85
Medical exam (if required)Fee varies by country. Average cost: 100
Minimum funds to support your stay2,500
Health insuranceStarts from approximately 400 per year, varies by coverage amount and deductible.

Having sufficient finances to support your application process as well as life in Canada is an essential factor while you apply to immigrate. It is recommended to familiarize yourself with the limits set by the Canadian government so you can plan your move with confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions.

How much do I need to relocate to Canada from Nigeria?

If you’re relocating alone, your proof of funds should be about N4,300,000 or more. Although you’re not necessarily “spending” your proof of funds to relocate to Canada, you simply need to show it as proof that you have enough to cover your cost of living for at least 6 months when you arrive in Canada.

How much bank balance is required for Canada visa?

In Quebec
1 person aged 18 or over CAN$13,134
2 people aged 18 or over CAN$19,264
2 people aged 18 or over and 1 person under the age of 18 CAN$21,579
2 people aged 18 or over and 2 people under the age of 18 CAN$23,290

How much is Canada visa in Nigeria?

Nigerian travelers must pay a standard processing visa fees of USD 84.99 for the Canada Visitor Visa through iVisa, excluding the government fee. The processing time depends on certain factors, such as the submitted information and if you’re traveling with family members.

How much is plane ticket from Nigeria to Canada?

Flights from Nigeria to Canada from USD 998*

What month is the cheapest to fly to Canada?

High season is considered to be March and April. The cheapest month to fly to Canada is January. Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Canada flight deals.

How much is rent in Canada?

In November 2022, the average monthly cost to rent a home in Canada rose to a record-high $2,024.

What airlines fly direct to Canada?

Which airlines offer direct flights to Canada? Air Canada, United, WestJet, Delta, Air Canada Jazz, American Airlines, Qatar Airways and SkyWest Airlines all fly non-stop to Canada.

How much does a student earn per hour in Canada?

Monetary Pay in Canada for Part Time Work

Usually, for part-time jobs, students are paid by hours. The rate of pay is around $10 an hour, on average. If your aim is only to gain work experience, like helping your professor with research work, then you don’t need a work permit.