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The best way to find a Canadian Certified Translator is to search the directory of the appropriate provincial association of translators. Where can you find the provincial association of translators?

Most provinces have an association of certified translators. Below are the known and recognized associations across Canada:

What is a certified translator?

A “certified translator” is a translator that has qualified and registered with the provincial association of translators in their province. Once certified, the translator gains the ability to add the provincial association’s seal to the translation along with their signature.

Why do you need to use a certified translator?

There are a few reasons why you would need to use a certified translator. First, to ensure the accuracy of the translation by using a translator who is certified in that language combination. Second, to support the authentication and legalization process.

If the translation will be presented to Global Affairs Canada for authentication, or to support a foreign language document being authenticated at Global Affairs Canada, it must be certified by a Canadian Certified Translator. Also, if you need the diplomatic mission of a foreign country to further certify the translation, they will most likely require that it was translated by a Canadian Certified Translator.

What is the authentication and legalization process?

The authentication and legalization process allows your Canadian documents to be recognized in another country. The process involves document authentication at the JLAC office of Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa and then document legalization at the embassy or consulate of your destination country.

Global Affairs Canada and each diplomatic mission have specific requirements for the authentication and legalization of documents. It is important to research the requirements in advance, or use a professional service like IDC to handle the process on your behalf.

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