What is the Hague Apostille Convention?
The Hague Apostille Convention is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law which came into effect in 1965. It governs the process through which a document issued in one country is legally certified for use in other countries. This treaty specifies that any signatory country can issue a certification called an “apostille”. A document that has been apostilled is legally certified for use in any country that has signed the Hague Apostille Convention.
Does Canada issue apostilles?
We do not. 115 countries have signed the Hague Apostille Convention. However, Canada is not one of them. Because Canada has not signed this treaty we cannot issue apostilles. Click here for a list of countries who are signatories to the Hague Apostille convention.
The Canadian apostille process
The Canadian equivalent to the apostille process is called document authentication and legalization. If you need to get a Canadian document “apostilled” you will need to first authenticate your document at Global Affairs Canada, and then legalize your document with the relevant embassy or consulate. Click here for more information on the Canadian apostille process.
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