Surrogacy &
Fertility Law
in Canada

Canada Surrogacy Lawyers

SURROGACY LAW IN CANADA can be difficult to understand. It is important to work with an experienced legal team which is very familiar with the process of establishing parentage when Assisted Reproductive Technology (“ART”) is involved.


Ellen Embury and Rachel West specialize in Surrogacy and Fertility Law throughout Canada. Ellen is widely regarded as a leader in the area of third-party reproductive law in Canada.


Our team guides and counsels Intended Parents, Surrogates, Egg Donors, Sperm Donors and Embryo Donors through the legal processes involved in surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation.


We have helped thousands of couples and individuals who wish to become parents, as well as Surrogates and Donors, with all aspects of Surrogacy and Fertility Law.

Intended Parents Searching for Surrogate
We understand that having a surrogate carry your baby might be a difficult thing to imagine. There may be people in your world who don’t understand. You may feel that the process is complicated, or out of your control. We understand surrogacy and we can help. We do this every day.     

Surrogacy is a wonderful option. We know that you didn’t choose infertility or your sexual orientation. We know that surrogacy is a wonderful option for people who need help creating a family. Allow our expertise to guide you every step of the way.   

Your first step is to schedule your free consult. We can direct you to fertility clinics, surrogacy agencies and answer any questions you may have about surrogacy in Canada. We are proud to say that surrogacy babies are born every week in our practice, and we average 100 parentage declarations a year. We are here to support you and to help to create your family.

We work closely with designated Judges to ensure that parentage declarations are obtained within days of the birth. We assist with the entire process- including obtaining the Birth Certificate from Vital Statistics and (where applicable) passports.

Surrogacy Lawyers that help you through the entire surrogacy process

Normally a Court Order declaring the Intended Parents to be the only legal parents of the baby will be in place within two business days of the birth. Typically Birth Certificates will be obtained within about 10 business days of the birth. This eliminates the need for adoption in surrogacy. We focus on the legal aspects of parentage while you focus on your new baby. 

Surrogacy agencies from across Canada refer their clients to us for assistance with surrogacy legal services in Alberta and throughout Canada. We also work closely with fertility clinics across Canada and the United States.

To Surrogates
Without you, loving families would be unable to have children of their own. Giving the gift of life makes you a truly exceptional and extraordinary woman.   

In order to ensure that your surrogacy experience is the wonderful journey it should be, it is important that you have someone who will be a strong voice for you, and who will ensure that you and your family are protected from the unexpected. It is our job to look after you during a surrogacy journey and to ensure that you are protected during the process, even when the unexpected happens.

We do not stop working for you when the contract is finished. We will stay involved throughout the process and will continue to be available to you. We cannot wait to work with you!

Canadian Surrogacy Lawyers that are Caring, Quick & Cost-Effective

Our approach to surrogacy law is just as important as our expertise: caring, quick and cost-effective.

We understand that many families have expended considerable time and resources trying to become pregnant before they turn to surrogacy. Ellen and Rachel pride themselves on handling surrogacy law related matters in a supportive, timely and cost-efficient manner for all parties. We take care of the legal matters, so that you can focus on building relationships and preparing for your new baby. After all, this process is about helping families get the best start possible.

Reproductive Technology & Surrogacy Law Services

We help clients negotiate and prepare:

  • Surrogacy contracts
  • Egg and/or Sperm donation contracts
  • Embryo donation contracts
  • Parentage Declarations (Court Orders)
  • Applications for birth certificates and/or passports

Things You Should Know About Surrogacy in Canada

  • If you and you partner cannot conceive children, you can be recognized as parents of the child, complete with your names on the Birth Certificate – there is no need for an adoption in most Canadian provinces
  • Same-Sex couples are treated the same as heterosexual couples when it comes to reproductive technology law – this means that there can be two fathers, or two mothers on the Birth Certificate
  • International Intended Parents are treated the same as Canadian Intended Parents


You really do feel and experience that you have an advocate and their support!
There are a lot of legal components to a surrogacy journey that can be complex and nuanced. Ellen, Rachel, and Shae have been extremely helpful and easy to work with. In regards to the legal procedures, they excelled at breaking down each process and presenting it to us in layman terms so we can have clarity and confidence in what we are doing. Once a contract is written, they will take the time to go over each section to make sure we have clear understanding before it’s executed. As for the administrative side, Shae worked in lightning speed to accommodate our needs. We needed to go back to US fast for insurance reasons and thanks to them we were able to obtain the birth certificate very quickly, which helped us to get the passport on time. To top if off, the surrogacy journey can have its stressful moments and they were willing to be a sounding board, which is way above and beyond their duty. When you work with them, you really do feel and experience that you have an advocate and their support! Thank you guys!

~A & K
I couldn’t be happier
“I had the pleasure of working with Rachel and Shaelah for my second surrogate experience. As an intended parent, I couldn’t be happier with the service I received from both of these wonderful ladies. My baby was born on a Saturday and I had dropped the ball with respect to completing paperwork. They managed to get me everything I needed to take the baby home on time. Although they can’t help me with sleep deprivation, they made every other part of this experience as smooth as I could have hoped. Highly recommended!”

~S & S
Everything went perfectly
“When we began our surrogacy process, many Intended Parents told us that Ellen had been their lawyer and everything went well for them. We trusted her with our surrogacy agreement, parentage application and legalizing the Birth Certificate. As everything went perfectly, we decided to use her services for our second surrogacy process.”

~F & L
Thankful for all your help
“We are absolutely smitten with him and will always be thankful for all your help!”

~R & M
Professional and trustworthy
“We are a German same-sex couple and we feel incredibly grateful and blessed to have become parents of a wonderful baby boy by surrogacy in Canada. Ellen Embury and her team were an integral and awesome part of our journey. Everybody who embarks on the journey of surrogacy knows how many obstacles there are to be overcome and how the feelings of wonderful anticipation are mixed with nervousness and fear. 

Working with their team has been wonderful because they handled everything incredibly professionally and trustworthy. We knew that all the legal issues in their hands were going to be taken care of very well—which is wonderful when there are still so many other things that could potentially go wrong. We can only recommend working with them and will do so in the future!”

~S, P & P
Very knowledgeable, caring person
“We would recommend Ellen to anyone. She made each step simple for us, including bringing a translator to the hospital so that we would not be confused about the legal documentation. She followed through to make sure that our passports came through so that we could travel back to our home country with our daughter. She is a very knowledgeable, caring person and we are so grateful to her.”

~C & P
Our interests were well protected
“Ellen understood our concerns right away and she gave us very good advice in choosing our surrogate. She provided us with significant advice when we needed to choose a new surrogate and took steps to ensure that our legal and agency fees would be minimized. Throughout this adventure, we always felt supported by Ellen and we were sure that our interests were well protected. It goes without saying that we warmly recommend Ellen to you.”

~J & F
Tu es une avocate formidable
“Nous avons été ravi de travailler avec toi. Tu es une avocate formidable très facile d’accès et très professionnelle ! C’est un vrai bonheur de travailler avec toi. Merci à toi et Shae d’avoir contribuer à construire notre famille et d’avoir pu réaliser notre rêve ! Nous espérons à très bientôt.”

~T & E
It's been a pleasure
"And thank you Ellen for guiding us through this process. It's been a pleasure working with you. We especially appreciate you making the process straightforward and clear and yes, almost fun."

Helped us make it possible to have a family with our own biological children
“Ellen Embury simply put is AMAZING! Every part of the process with her has been great. My husband and I made an appointment to meet with her, in the appointment she learned that we needed expedited service, as we walked in with a couple days’ notice with an egg donor, surrogate and clinic all waiting on lawyer documents to be created and signed. 

Ellen made us feel incredibly comfortable, and helped guide us through a very hard-to-understand journey to create a family as a same-sex couple. She was so quick to get all parties and documents on the same page, created and signed in the incredibly short deadline that we presented to her. We’re now pregnant with twins and only halfway through our pregnancy, but the continued support we receive from Ellen is outstanding! Thank you Ellen so much for everything you’ve done for us! You’ve helped us make it possible to have a family with our own biological children.”

~D & D
A great surrogacy experience … twice!
“Thank you Ellen for your many contributions and expertise toward a great surrogacy experience, not only once but twice! We appreciate your knowledge, patience, advice and ability to streamline the process.”

~S & P
Thank goodness we found Ellen
“We had read all sorts of things online about different laws and had a chat to a lawyer in Edmonton who gave us, as we discovered later, all the wrong information. This made us scared that we would only be able to have my husband’s name on the birth certificate even though we were the biological parents.

THANK GOODNESS WE FOUND ELLEN! She explained everything. Her demeanour is warm and friendly with a no-nonsense attitude to her workload and her client’s needs.  From a month of stress and worry, to instant relief and understanding of the system.  A simple email with point form of exactly what to do on the day our daughter was born made everything easier.  If we had any questions, Ellen would always reply with an answer promptly.

We were so very happy to know that when our amazing surrogate offered to carry another baby for us, that Ellen would be there for us again.  I think Ellen was just as happy to be helping us as we were having her do so. We certainly recommend Ellen with anyone who is looking into surrogacy in any way, shape or form whether you are from Canada, Australia or any other country.”

~F & T
Truly the best I have ever worked with!
I am so grateful for your high professionalism, true dedication, detailed expertise and wonderful personality!

I’ve hired a lawyers before, but you are truly the best I have ever worked with! Thank you for your patience, for your prompt replies to all my inquiries, thank you for an amazing help in such needed highly professional guidance trough my journey making it smoother and comfortable. I cannot express even more how happy I am that I found you and would highly recommend you to my friends and colleagues. You are truly amazing lawyer!

~L & A
A true lifesaver
"The surrogacy process is, at best, overwhelming. There are so many moving parts, and it can often feel chaotic and confusing. In the midst of that, Ellen Embury was a true lifesaver. She was by far the easiest, most refreshing, part of this process. I always found her communicative, warm, empathic and willing to go above and beyond for her clients. She gave us clear feedback around the legal process and I always felt like we were in competent--and compassionate--hands. I'd absolutely recommend working with her!"

As a result of the complexity of the various options above, it is strongly recommended that families seek the assistance of legal counsel well in advance of the birth of the child.