Apostille Canada Why and how to get one

Where can I get Apostille Services in Canada?

Apostille services play a critical role in legalizing official documents intended for use in foreign jurisdictions. This process encompasses the certification and authentication of various documents, such as diplomas, birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, and many others. An Apostille is a specific certification affixed to a document, affirming the authenticity of its signature, seal, and/or stamp. This authentication facilitates the easier recognition and acceptance of official documents across international boundaries.

What is an Apostille?

This Apostille process is rooted in the Hague Convention, an international treaty devised to streamline the legalization procedures for official documents. Initiated in 1961, this convention has garnered the ratification of over 124 countries. These countries, including the United States and now Canada, recognize Apostille certificates issued by fellow member nations, ensuring a cohesive acceptance framework for authenticated documents.

What are the steps to get an Apostille?

To secure an Apostille, the originating document must initially gain certification from a designated authority in the country of its origin. This authority could be a notary public, a pertinent government official, or a sanctioned agency. Following this, the certified document should be presented to the appropriate authority in the nation where the document is intended for use, for final authentication. This culminates in the affixing of the Apostille certificate to the document, which stands as a testament to its authenticity.

Apostille Canada and the Impending Changes in 2024

Canada, until recently, had not ratified the Hague Convention and thus did not directly partake in the Apostille process. Instead, Canada employed the Authentication and Legalization system. However, with Canada set to join the Hague Apostille Convention, there will be significant changes coming into effect in January 2024. This move aims to further simplify the process of legalizing Canadian documents for international use.

In conclusion, while the Apostille service simplifies the utilization of official documents overseas through the Hague Convention framework, Canada is on the cusp of a transition. The impending shift in January 2024 will bring Canada under the Apostille umbrella, making the process more streamlined for Canadians. For further details on the current process or the upcoming changes, please reach out to us, and we'll be happy to assist.