Canadian Document Authentication or Apostille – what is this?

Posted by: Michael Atkinson
Category: Document Authentication and Legalization
Canadian document authentication

Our office is regularly asked to assist with the process referred to as Canadian Document Authentication.  In some cases, clients use the term “Apostille”.  If you need to use your Canadian documents in a foreign country we can definitely assist with this process.

What is Canadian Document Authentication?

By way of a general background, Canada was not a signatory under the Hague Convention as it relates to the Apostille of documents. Under the Hague Convention, the signatories agreed to accept foreign documents provided that they proceeded through an internationally accepted method of authentication.  This internationally accepted method was commonly referred to as “Apostille”. The affixing of the Apostille  will help to ensure that the document in question issued by one signatory country will be deemed valid in the other signatory countries.

In Canada, because we were not signatories, any document that is intent upon being used abroad must proceed through the process of authentication and legalization.  In simplistic terms, this means that a Canadian document must be stamped by the authentication section of Global Affairs Canada.  Once done, the document is then stamped by the Embassy or Consular office for the country where one intends to use the document.  The authentication and legalization process is relatively straightforward provided that one understands all of the bureaucratic requirements as defined by Global Affairs Canada and the diplomatic mission in question.  Our office recommends that, in order to reduce potential delays and additional costs, one considers retaining an authentication and legalization service or process server to assist with this process.

How can Capital Authentication assist me with Canadian Document Authentication?

The staff at Capital Authentication is very familiar with what is required in order to have Canadian documents authenticated by the authentication section of Global Affairs Canada.  Our office is also able to assist with the legalization of the document at a particular Embassy or Consular Office.  We are very knowledgeable in this field and offer extremely competitive pricing.

Should you have any questions, or simply wish to obtain a free no obligation quote as it relates to our services, please feel free to reach out to our office in the format of your choosing.  We can be reached either by e-mail at: info@capitalauthentication.com or by telephone at: (613) 236-9975.  Feel free to visit us on the web at:  www.capitalauthentication.com

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