Global Affairs Canada Announces Upcoming Changes to Authentication Services

Global Affairs Canada recently announced upcoming improvements to its authentication services for documents to be used outside Canada.

Effective January 11, 2024, wen the Apostille Convention comes into force in Canada, a single certificate, called an ‘apostille’, will be issued to authenticate Canadian public documents. This will facilitate their use in more than 120 countries that are members of the convention, eliminating some of the steps currently required to have documents accepted outside Canada.

Public documents such as birth and marriage certificates, education documents and government-issued export and corporate records, as well as notarized documents, can be authenticated with an apostille certificate.

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As part of this change, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan will be responsible for issuing apostilles for documents issued or notarized in their respective provinces.

Global Affairs Canada will issue apostilles for documents from the remaining provinces, the territories, and the Government of Canada.

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