Commercial document authentication and legalization in Canada – Apostille

Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Whether you are exporting products from Canada or a Canadian company doing business in a foreign country, you may be asked to have certain commercial documents, such as medical device licenses, certificates of origin and certificates of free trade, authenticated and legalized, also referred to as apostille.

The authentication and legalization process enables a Canadian document to be recognized or accepted in another country. This entire process centers on signature verification. Therefore, each different type of document will need to meet specific requirements. For more information on the process, take a look at this helpful article – What is authentication and legalization?

We work with Foreign Affairs and over 200 diplomatic missions on a daily basis to process commercial documents. Foreign Affairs (DFATD) and each diplomatic mission have very specific requirements for the authentication and legalization of Canadian documents.

For example, Foreign Affairs will only authenticate commercial documents that have been notarized by a Canadian Notary Public. If you submit your commercial documents by mail, they will take at least 15 business days to be processed.

Some diplomatic missions require that you provide supporting documents along with your commercial documents for legalization. It is important to identify whether the diplomatic mission in question has this requirement.

Avoid the delays and stress involved with attempting to manage the process yourself. Using our authentication and legalization services could not be easier. Contact us to discuss your particular requirements and ensure your documents are prepared correctly. We will rapidly authenticate and legalize your commercial documents, often in as little as a couple days.

For further information or to discuss the authentication and legalization of your commercial documents, you may contact International Documents Canada (IDC) toll free at 1-888-433-1011, or visit us at .