Authentication and Legalization, or Apostille, of Canadian Certificates of Residency

Published on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Certificate of Residency is a document that is issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to a company operating in Canada. Certificates of Residency provide confirmation that the company is a resident of Canada and indicates that there is a tax treaty in place between Canada and the foreign country. These certificates are required when a Canadian company is doing business with a foreign company, to allow both parties to take advantage of the tax treaties that are in place and avoid paying tax on the same income in multiple countries.

You will find more information on Certificates of Residency by visiting the Export Development Canada (EDC) website.

In order for a Certificate of Residency to be considered valid in a foreign country, it may need to be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT) and legalized at the diplomatic mission. Please check the regulations of the foreign country or countries you are dealing with. If you do need to authenticate and legalize your Certificate of Residency, you can get more information about this process in our helpful article – What is Authentication and Legalization?

International Documents Canada (IDC) specializes in rapidly authenticating and legalizing Certificates of Residency and other documents for our clients. We would welcome the chance to discuss your authentication and legalization needs. Contact us toll free at 1-888-433-1011, or visit us at

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