Published on Thursday, October 22, 2015
As Canada is not a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, it is not possible to obtain an apostille on a Canadian document. Canadian documents, personal or commercial, that will be used in Spain must first go through a specific process called authentication and legalization. This process involves having the original documents authenticated by Global Affairs Canada. Next, they must be submitted to the appropriate diplomatic mission of Spain in Canada for legalization.
In order to have your Canadian documents legalized at the Embassy of Spain, you must provide them with an original or a copy that has been issued at the source. The Embassy does not accept certified true copies made by a notary public. For example, the Embassy of Spain will only accept an original University Degree or a copy made by the University that bears a clear signature of the registrar.
As of July 26th, 2016 the diplomatic missions of Spain in Canada will observe strict consular jurisdiction. The Embassy of Spain in Ottawa will now only serve those whose documents originate from the National Capital Region. All other documents must be sent to the appropriate consulate for legalization.
As Canada’s leading expert in authentication and legalization, we work with you to make sure your documents meet the criteria of the authentication and legalization process. If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss your situation and assist you with the authentication and legalization of your documents for use in Spain.