What should I do if my Power of Attorney is not in one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French?
As many of our clients have Powers of Attorney that contain a language other than English or French, this question comes up often. In most cases, the Embassy will not have an issue although Global Affairs Canada has strict rules about documents that contain foreign languages. Global Affairs Canada will only authenticate a foreign language Power of Attorney if a notarized translation in English or French has been prepared by a certified Canadian translator. If your Power of Attorney contains a foreign language, simply speak with one of our Global Document Solutions agents. They will be able to assist with the fastest and most economical way to have your foreign language document translated.
Global Document Solutions makes it simple to get started with translation services. All we require is a scan of the original notarized foreign language Power of Attorney for review, as fees are determined on a per word basis. In the rare case where we are unable to assist because of the availability of a translator in the language required, we will quickly let you know. In most cases we will be able to help, responding with more information on how to begin the process. It’s that easy!