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Sarita Harbour 2019-12-18

How to send money to Jamaica from Canada

This article was created in partnership with Western Union.

Are you trying to find a fast, simple and easy way to regularly send money to Jamaica from Canada? True, you might find you can arrange to transfer money from your Canadian bank accounts to the bank account of a family member back home. But this isn’t an option for everyone, and it might not be the best option either.

What if your friend or family member back home doesn’t deal with the same bank or financial institution that you’re using in Canada? Or what if it’s difficult for either you or them to go to a bank in person to arrange and accept the money transfer? This can be devastating for your family members who depend on your regular contributions.

Luckily, you have another option: international money transfer services. Here’s how to send money reliably and quickly — and what to watch for when sending money to Jamaica from Canada.

What are international money transfer services?

A money transfer service lets you send money in any currency anywhere in the world. Depending on the service you use, you could send money from a money transfer service website online, by visiting the office in person or by using a money transfer app.

A money transfer app is a digital program that lets users send money worldwide using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Users pay a fee to send money in different currencies. What’s more, many money transfer services — such as the Western Union® app — allow you to track your payments to ensure your money is delivered on time to the right account. Having the ability to monitor your payments in real time can go a long way toward giving you the reliability you need when sending money home.

This reliability is key in today’s precarious technological era. According to an April 2019 report from IntSights Cyber Intelligence, global banks and financial institutions get more malware attacks than any of the other sectors tracked in 2018. Using money transfer services from a protected app can give you peace of mind.

How to send money to Jamaica

Before sending money overseas from Canada, you’ll want to keep an eye out for a few details. First, use your money transfer app to monitor currency exchange rates. This is the rate at which your Canadian dollars will buy Jamaican dollars. Your Western Union® app, for example, will not only let you track currency exchange rates, but it will also let you lock in your payments at a particular rate. This is especially useful if you’re planning on scheduling multiple recurring payments through the app, and it can help you save money in the process.

You’ll also want to be mindful of how long it will take for your money transfer to get from Canada to Jamaica. Banks and postal services can often take a while, but money transfer services can be much quicker.

Sending money to Jamaica has never been easier. Here’s how to use money transfer services to ensure your family members get the money they need at the right time.

  1. Talk to your family member to find out their preferred method of receiving the money, be it direct deposit to a bank account or mobile wallet or in-person pick up at a brick-and-mortar location.

  2. Choose whether you want to send money from your bank account, from your credit card or with cash.
  3. Choose your preferred method of sending money, including online, through a mobile app or from an in-person location. Depending on your chosen method, you might need bank account and financial institution information from the person receiving the funds.

  4. Make the transfer through your local transfer office or by using your money transfer app.

  5. Get electronic or printed confirmation when your loved one gets the money.
  6. Ensure to remind your loved one to bring a valid piece of ID for verification.

Send money home today

There might have been a time when sending money to Jamaica from Canada was a hassle. But with money transfer services, you can send money with the click of a button. Whether you prefer to use an app on your smartphone, send through a website on your laptop or talk directly with an agent at an in-person location, you’ll save money and gain reliability.

If you’re looking to quickly and reliably send money home to Jamaica, use the Western Union® app and gain some peace of mind.

This Article was written by

Sarita Harbour Sarita Harbour is a former financial adviser with over 10 years of experience helping clients manage their personal finances, including financial planning, credit consolidation, and retirement goals. For the past nine years, she has worked as a freelance writer and copywriter specializing in business, personal finance, and real estate. Sarita runs her business, Harbour Content Development Inc. from her off-grid home in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

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