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Notary Public / Commissioner of Oath for Taking Affidavit in Toronto (GTA)

Commissioning Documents with Declarations by swearing or affirmation.
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Commissioner Oath Taking Affidavit Legal Services Toronto

The Commissioning and Declarations can be done in person or virtually via video conference. However, notarizing true copies and signature witnessing must be done in person.

  • Fees for notarizing true copies is $25.00 plus HST and each additional page is $10.00 Plus HST.
  • Fees for commissioning for taking affidavit of oath is $25.00 plus HST and each additional page is $10.00 plus HST.
  • For sending documents via Xpress Post there’s an additional fee of $20.00.
  • For sending documents via regular post – included in the fee noted above.
  • Gold seal sticker included (if it is required).


CLIENT CHECKLIST
 

After contacting our office and making an appointment, please provide the following documents:

  • Cash or company cheque payment, no credit allowed (in order to reduce transaction fees and save you money).
  • One government issued photo identification (example, citizenship card, permanent resident care, driver’s license, OHIP) or TWO government issued non-photo identification (examples include: SIN card, birth certificate)


CERTIFYING / NOTARIZING TRUE COPIES:
 

  • Bring the photocopy and the original document- the notary must view the original.
  • If you are photocopying multiple documents onto a single page, by law each photocopied image requires its own seal. A fee for each seal is required.
  • A multi-page document and signature stamp must be done for other pages. The Notary will seal the first page and signature stamp other pages. 


BEFORE COMING TO OUR OFFICE:
 

  • Before arriving at our office, please mark an ‘X’ at each place the Notary is to sign (to save us both time).
  • Complete all of your documents: fill in forms, enter ID numbers, attach photographs if required, etc., BEFORE arriving at our office.
  • Do not sign or date the documents before seeing the It is the Notary’s job to properly identify you and witness you signing.
  • The name on the Government issued photo ID you bring must match the name you are using on your document; this is especially important when you have two last names.
  • Notary fees are charged per notary signature and seal, not per document.

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Here are some frequently asked questions about Notary Public services in Ontario, Canada:

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is part of the legal system in Ontario and is appointed by the Government of Ontario, specifically by the Ministry of Government Services. Most lawyers and paralegals in Ontario are also licensed to act as notary public. Every notary public can:

  • Administer oaths or take affidavits, affirmations, or declarations.
  • Attest the oaths, affidavits, affirmations, or declarations.
  • Certify and attest a true copy of a document.
  • Witness or certify and attest to the execution of a document.

What is a Commissioner of Oaths?

A Commissioner for Oaths is not a notary public but can administer oaths, and take and receive affidavits, affirmations, or declarations. However, a notary public can also act as a commissioner for oaths.

How Can I Verify a Notary’s Credentials?

Most notaries public in Ontario are lawyers and paralegals licensed by the Law Society of Ontario. To verify a licensee’s status or credentials, search the lawyers’ / Paralegals’ directory on the Law Society of Ontario’s website.

Can a Notary Public Notarize an Invitation Letter?

Yes, a Notary Public can assist in notarizing your invitation letter for various purposes, including visa applications. For example, if you’re inviting a family member, friend, or acquaintance to visit Canada, a notarized invitation letter can support their visa application.

What about Power of Attorney?

Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants someone you trust the authority to make important financial and healthcare decisions on your behalf. There are two types of POAs in Ontario:

  • Personal Care POA: This allows the appointed person (your attorney) to make decisions related to your health care, housing, and other personal aspects.
  • Property POA: This empowers your attorney to handle financial affairs, such as paying bills, managing investments, and maintaining or selling property. You can choose a family member, spouse, long-time friend, lawyer, or trust company as your attorney.

It’s essential to have a POA in place regardless of your age or financial situation.

Can a Notary Provide Legal Advice?

No, a Notary Public cannot provide legal advice or counsel on specific legal matters. Their role is to witness and authenticate documents, administer oaths, and perform other authorized functions. If you need legal advice related to your specific situation, consult with a lawyer who specializes in the relevant area of law.

What is an Apostille?

An apostille is a standard certificate that simplifies the acceptance of Canadian public documents in countries that are signatories of the Apostille Convention.

When the Apostille Convention came into effect in Canada (starting January 11, 2024), authenticated documents included this apostille. The apostille eliminates the need for additional steps, such as legalization by a consular office, in countries where the convention is in effect. It is essential for international use and ensures that your Canadian documents are recognized abroad without further authentication. The apostille is issued by Global Affairs Canada which is located in Toronto 222 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2B8, and the apostille is accepted by more than 120 counties that have signed the convention.

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