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Buy Canadian Dollars

Get your trip off to a flying start and order your Canadian Dollars before you jet off. Change your pounds to Canadian Dollars with Sainsbury’s Bank.

Exchange your pounds for Canadian Dollars with Sainsbury’s Bank

From modern, cosmopolitan cities like Toronto to vast areas of stunning wilderness, Canada really has it all. It’s no wonder more than 700,000 Brits make the trip each year.

Whether you’re going on a winter trip to Whistler or spending the summer in the Rockies, convert pounds to Canadian Dollars and get your travel money sorted before you go.

Why buy Canadian Dollars from us?

  • Better rates for Nectar members*
  • 0% commission on all foreign currencies
  • Order online for collection at an instore bureau
  • FREE home delivery on cash orders of £400 or more**

Pounds to Canadian Dollars exchange rate

We want you to have the trip of a lifetime, which is why we offer competitive exchange rates. At Sainsbury’s Bank we never charge commission, and we even offer better pound to CAD rates if you’re a Nectar member*.

Check out our CAD currency rates to get an idea of how many Canadian Dollars you can get for your Pounds.

If you want to see exactly what you’ll get for your money, use our online currency converter to check our sterling to Canadian Dollar rates.

Bear in mind that pound to CAD exchange rates may vary depending on whether you buy instore, online or by phone.

Where to get Canadian Dollars

Order online

Order Canadian Dollars online to place place your order when it suits you, whether you’re at home, at work or on the go.


Head down to your local travel money bureau to buy your Canadian Dollars and grab great rates instore. You can even pick up your CAD currency while you’re doing the food shop.

Travel money card

You don’t need to worry about carrying cash when you have a prepaid travel money card.

With a Sainsbury's Bank Travel Money Card™ Mastercard®, you can take up to 15 currencies on your trip. 

You can load up Canadian Dollars, manage your money on the go and withdraw local currencies from ATMs worldwide.

Do you buy back Canadian Dollars?

If you don’t spend all your CAD currency in Canada, don’t worry.

We buy back most foreign currency notes in denominations we sell (buy back rates vary daily). Simply bring your Canadian Dollars back to one of our instore bureaux.

Are you a Nectar member?

Nectar members get better exchange rates on Canadian Dollars*.

Whether you’re changing GBP to Canadian Dollars instore or online, all you need to do is tell us your Nectar card number.

Not a Nectar member? No problem. Just download the Nectar app or register at

Don’t fancy carrying cash? Use our travel money card

The Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money Card™ allows you to spend your Canadian Dollars abroad – just as you would with your usual debit card.

You can easily withdraw cash from the ATM, pay for things using contactless or chip and pin, and even buy things online.

To get started with our Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money Card™ today, all you need to do is load up £50.

What are you waiting for? Order your card to your nearest bureau or chose home delivery. You could get your card as soon as the next day when you order to store.

Find out more and download the app.

Canadian currency costs and attractions 

  • The Canadian Dollar is the official currency of Canada
  • The currency code is CAD and the currency symbol is $
  • Canada has the 10th largest economy in the world 
  • The $20 note has a portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II 

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Buying Canadian Dollars FAQs

Can I use British pounds in Canada?

British pounds aren’t accepted as currency in Canada. The Canadian Dollar is the official currency in Canada. It’s best to convert British Pounds to Canadian Dollars before your trip, to get the best exchange rates.

What are Canadian Dollars sometimes called?

Canadian Dollars have been nicknamed "Loonie" or "Toonie". Sometimes C$ is used to differentiate the Canadian Dollar from other Dollars, like US Dollars or Australian Dollars.

How much money can I take to Canada?

Before travelling it’s important to check any limits on what you’re allowed to take with you. If you’re entering or leaving Canada, you must declare any cash on or over CAD $10,000. You also must declare any monetary instruments over this amount, which could include cheques and stocks.

Terms and conditions

*Nectar members receive better exchange rates on single purchase transactions of all available foreign currencies. Excludes travel money card home delivery orders and online reloads. Exchange rates may vary depending on whether you buy instore, online or by phone. You need to tell us your Nectar card number at the time of your transaction. 

**You can order currency for a secure home delivery by 1pm on the day of your choice by Royal Mail (Mon- Sat). For next day delivery your order needs to be confirmed before 2pm (Mon- Fri). Please note that whilst Royal Mail make every effort to delivery on schedule, we cannot guarantee this as it is beyond our control. Highlands and Islands (including Channel Islands) are not guaranteed next day delivery. Delivery is free on all cash orders £400 or more (£4.99 for orders between £100 and £399.99). The minimum order for home delivery is £100. The delivery day quoted is dependent on the order day being a working day; if one of those days is a public holiday then additional day(s) will be added accordingly. All home delivery orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery, unless we advise you otherwise, to your billing address, and a signature will be required upon delivery. A valid telephone number is required for home delivery.

Sainsbury's Bank Travel Money Card™ is issued by PrePay Technologies Limited pursuant to license by Mastercard International. PrePay Technologies Limited is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (FRN: 900010) for the issuing of electronic money and payment instruments. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.