Authenticating Documents in Canada

Published on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Authenticating documents in Canada is the first step of the authentication and legalization process. When doing business or moving abroad, you may need to have personal or commercial documents authenticated and legalized, also referred to as apostille.

What is an Apostille?

Under The Hague Apostille Convention, signatory countries of this treaty have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries, providing those documents are authenticated by the attachment of an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an “apostille“. An apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid or legal in all other signatory countries.

As Canada is not a signatory to this Hague Convention, it is not possible to obtain an apostille on Canadian documents. To be recognized in a foreign country, Canadian documents must be “authenticated and legalized”.

Why use IDC services?

Avoid several weeks of processing time and the added frustration involved with attempting to go through the process on your own. Instead, use a service that specializes in managing the authentication and legalization process, like International Documents Canada (IDC). Our experts will ensure your documents are prepared correctly.

We provide free consultations and will happily answer any questions you may have. Contact us today!