Authentication of Documents Service - Apostille Canada

A Canadian document being used outside the country, for personal or business affairs, must go through the two step process of authentication and legalization to make it valid. Another commonly used method outside of Canada to have a document validated is using an Apostille Service, which is done in any country who has signed the Hague Apostille Certificate Convention. As Canada has not signed the Apostille Convention and does not use Apostille Certificates, it uses the internationally recognized equivalent that starts with the first step of authentication of documents.

With No Apostille in Canada who authenticates documents?

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)(JLAC), located close to our office in Ottawa, is responsible for the first step of authentication. Once they verify that the signature on your document is valid, by checking in their registry, they will affix their stamp, seal and signature. Before doing this there are certain restrictions and guidelines that do apply to your document, but not to worry our consultation with you guarantees that your document will meet these, see more about them here. Although Foreign Affairs normally takes between 15-25 business days to process requests we can shorten this to as quick as 1 day, these are only two of the many benefits of using our service.

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Our Authentication Service -
How we assist you with the first step:

  • Consultation to guarantee the authentication of your document
  • Strict operational procedures to ensure the privacy and security of your document
  • We personally present your document to Foreign Affairs
  • Status updates via email at each step, giving you peace of mind
  • An experienced agent to assist with any extra requirements
  • We coordinate the shipping of your completed document to its final destination anywhere in the world
  • Saving you valuable time allowing you to get on with your important affairs

Authentication of Document Service Speeds & Fees

Economy - Our cost-effective solution for multi-document requests, guaranteed in 10 business days
$100 for up to 10 documents

Standard - A swifter solution, guaranteed in 3 business days
$125 for 1st document + $25 each additional document

Priority - The fastest service solution with Same-Day Guaranteed service if received by 12:00 noon
$175 for 1st document + $25 each additional document

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Types of Documents We Assist With

Although we process many types some of the common documents we assist with are below or click here for a more complete list. Clicking on the document type will give you more information about it and the process. You can also search by your profession: Doctor, Lawyer, Notary, Nurse, Engineer, Regulatory Affairs, Teacher, ESL Teacher.

Click to find out how we help you with the Legalization step