Each year, thousands of Canadian documents are processed for use in foreign countries. Whether for personal or professional reasons, your Canadian documents will need to go through the process authentication and legalization, Canada’s equivalent to the apostille. This is often a long and stressful process, but there is an easy solution to the endless requirements, changing fees, and delays along the way: ALSC. As experts in virtually every Canadian document, our team at ALSC make sure you have everything you need for authentication at Global Affairs Canada and legalization at the embassy consulate of the country in which your documents will be used. With over 25 years of working with embassies such as the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, China, Russia, Mexico and many more, we have created strong relationships which allow us to deliver the highest quality service to our clients in our industry.
Nova Scotia Authentication Legalization Service Center
As the nation’s most trusted provider of authentication and legalization services, we are actively seeking ways to provide a more convenient and efficient service to Canadians both here and abroad. Our service centers are one of the many ways we do this domestically, and we are proud to say that we have one in Halifax, Nova Scotia at 1959 Upper Water Street, Tower 1, Suite 1301. If you live in or near Dartmouth, Burnside, Shearwater, Clayton Park, or Armdale our service center is a convenient alternative to the post office. There is no waiting in line and your documents are given FREE priority courier service to our head office in Ottawa for processing. When you use our service, you get your own personal ALSC agent to answer questions about your University Degree, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Police Check, Certificate of Incorporation, GMP, CPP, ITC and many more. They will also provide you with updates every step of the way, ensuring a stress free and easy to follow process.
Nova Scotia University Degree, Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Marriage Certificate – How To Have Them Authenticated & Legalized For Foreign Use
Graduating from university is a great achievement, especially when it is from one of the many prestigious universities in Nova Scotia such as Dalhousie University, Acadia University, St Francis Xavier University, and Cape Breton University. If you are a recent graduate, you probably still have your degree in an accessible location. If you do not, it is easy to order a certified copy directly from the university. If this is what you must do, you can have your degree shipped to our head office in Ottawa directly. This saves you even more time than our service center; you don’t even have to leave the house! You can still pick it up at our service center when its done too.
Nova Scotia vital statistics documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates are very important documents as well. However, because they are so rarely used within Canada, its easy to lose them over the years. Luckily, they are also very easy to order from the Nova Scotia vital statistics department. Click here if you need to order a Nova Scotia birth certificate, click here if you need to order a Nova Scotia marriage certificate, and click here if you need to order a Nova Scotia death certificate. When you order your document using the links above, you can put our address as the “Shipping Address” to have it sent directly to our office to start right away!
Unfortunately, there is no federal body which validates documents in Halifax or even in Nova Scotia, and provincial authentication is almost never accepted by embassies for legalization. Likewise, almost every embassy is in Ottawa. Our service centers are an all in one package: authentication at Global Affairs Canada and legalization at any embassy consulate all in one place and right in your neighborhood.
New Brunswick, P.E.I., Newfoundland & Labrador Apostille, Authentication Legalization Services
Unfortunately, ALSC does not have any service centers in the Maritimes aside from Halifax at the moment. However, we can still help you with your documents. If you have a University degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, Memorial University, University of Moncton, Mount Allison University, University of New Brunswick, or St. Thomas University that need authentication legalization to be used overseas, contact us. If you do not currently have your degree, remember you can order a new one from your respective university for a fee and have it sent directly to our office to save you time. If you require vital statistics documents such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, and Death Certificates issued in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI or Newfoundland & Labrador, here are some links to help you:
Our ALSC guarantee means that your Canadian documents will be valid in the foreign country in which it will be used. However, it is crucial that you always check with the requesting party that you have the correct documents for your needs. Although we guarantee proper authentication and legalization, we do not guarantee that it will be accepted by the requesting party. We will, as with all our clients, assist you to the best of our ability that they do get accepted for their intended purpose. Remember that Canada does not have an apostille process and all Canadian documents require Authentication and Legalization for use abroad. We only work with Canadian documents but can refer you to one of our partners if you have any documents issued in the United States of America. For documents issued outside of Canada or the United States, please contact the embassy of the country in which they were issued. Regardless of your document needs, we are here to help. Save yourself a stressful and time consuming trip to the post office and use the professionals ALSC for fast and easy authentication legalization through our trusted service centers across Canada.
Before going to the Halifax ALSC Service Center you need to set up an appointment by following these 5 steps:
- First call us toll free at 1-800-336-1132 to speak to a friendly experienced specialist at our Ottawa national headquarters or use the Service Quote Request to tell us more about the documents you need processed.
- After our specialist has spoken to you or after reviewing your Service Quote Request, we will provide you with the service options available for your request, tailored to your specific needs.
- This will also allow the specialist you have spoken to, to provide you with any requirements for authentication and legalization to ensure that your documents are prepared and meet the requirements of Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of the country in which you will be using the documents.
- Once you have confirmed your service options we can then set up an appointment for you to drop off your documents and ALSC order forms at the Authentication Legalization Services Canada – Halifax Service Center Suite 1301 – 959 Upper Water Street, Tower 1, Halifax NS B3J 3N2. They will be waiting for you at the Halifax Service Center to ship the documents overnight to our national headquarters in Ottawa, where the documents will be processed.
- Now we do our part keeping you updated at every step via email. Upon completion of the process we let you know when you can pick up your completed documents at our Halifax Service Center, it’s that simple. Best of all it’s guaranteed!
If you are unable to pick up your documents at the Service Center or prefer that we instead send them somewhere else, then simply let us know. We can ship your legalized documents to any destination worldwide via one of our shipping partners. We look forward to helping you make your documents ready for international use.
Once you have completed these five steps, come to our service center at your scheduled appointment time. Below is a photo of the front of the building as well as a map of the surrounding area. Make sure to remember these or take a screenshot on your phone to make it easier to find our service once you’re nearby.
Where to Find the ALSC Service Center in Halifax
Below is a map of our service center (marked with our ALSC logo) as well as the surrounding area. It is next to the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel and is in the tower closest to the waterfront. Our ALSC Halifax Service Center is only:
10 minute drive from Dartmouth*
16 minute drive from Burnside*
20 minute drive from Shearwater*
15 minute drive from Clayton Park*
16 minute drive from Armdale*
*As estimated by Google Maps.
It's Easy To Get Started
Simply answer a few quick questions and one of our friendly experts will reply by email with information on how we can help or call 1-800-336-1132
Thank you, an ALSC expert will contact you soon Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM EST.
Personal or Corporate
Are you using the Canadian document internationally for Personal or Corporate use?
Validating a Canadian document for international use is a 2 step process. For the first step choose the ALSC Authentication Service that best suits your timeline and budget. Global Affairs Canada’s temporary rules and limited operating hours of Monday through Thursday makes it impossible to offer same day service, so for now we will only be offering our 3 & 10 business day Authentication services. To help our clients, we have introduced the ALSC Smart Choice to make our services more convenient but more importantly to save you money. When choosing your service make sure you Click the amount of documents you need Authenticated.
The Embassy charges a fee per document which varies per country and sometimes by document type. When required in secured funds a standard $10 money order charge will be added. With some countries we will need to confirm the fee. If you do not see your country listed choose the world icon. Make sure to Click the number of documents you selected for Legalization.
Argentina fee to be confirmed
Italy fee to be confirmed
Embassy Legalization Service
Legalization at the embassy consulate is the second step. Processing times vary and are in addition to the authentication time. Make sure you Click the number of documents for Legalization that matches the number of documents you selected for Authentication.
ALSC Easy Shipping Solutions
Once your document is completed it needs to get back to you or wherever it needs to go. Simply choose the shipping solution that works best for you. Please note the quoted shipping fees are for delivery to most major centers for a standard envelope weighing no more than .5kg/1 lb.
I chose the ALSC Smart Choice FedEx pick up & delivery within Canada included
Service On Hold Due To Covid-19 restrictions - I want to save $80 in FedEx shipping fees with free drop off & pick up at an ALSC Service Center
Canada Post Xpress Regional Ontario or Quebec $20 Projected delivery 1-2 business days
Canada Post Xpress National Delivery in Canada $25 Projected delivery 2-3 business days
FedEx Canada next business day $50
FedEx USA next business day $70
FedEx to Mexico or Europe $100
FedEx China $120
FedEx to Middle East or South America $140
FedEx Russia $195
I Will Provide Shipping
Simply fill in the below a friendly ALSC team member will contact you by email on how we can help.
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Estimated Fees Not Including Taxes
Thank you for using the Authentication Legalization Services Canada Inc. (ALSC) quote estimator we look forward to providing you a free no obligation quote for services. This estimate is an approximation and is not guaranteed or promised by ALSC. The estimate is based on information provided by the client and the requirements of Global Affairs Canada and the various foreign countries that may change without notice. Actual cost may or will change once all the project elements are finalized with the client. Prior to any changes of cost, the client will be notified.
The right to individual privacy is a matter our firm takes very seriously. Please be assured that the private information provided by our clients or collected by our staff is held in the strictest confidence. ALSC also complies with Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”).
Foreign Embassy Consulates located in Halifax:
Austrian Honorary Consulate General in Halifax, Canada
1096 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4N4
TELEPHONE (+1) 902 444-3891
FAX (+1) 902 292-7519
Barbadian Honorary Vice Consulate in Halifax, Canada
13-6770 Jubilee Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2H8
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 422-7937
Belgian Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
14 Sandstone Avenue
Fall River, NS B2T 1P6
TELEPHONE(+1) 902 982 24 63
FAX (+1) 902 860 36 56
Brazilian Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
1 Ridgewood Court
Dartmouth, NS B2W 6E5
TELEPHONE(+1) (902) 462-0714
Chilean Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
517 Purcell’s Cove Road
Halifax, NS B3P 2G2
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 477-6854
(+1) (902) 495-1151
Danish Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
c/o I.H. Mathers and Son Limited
Halifax, NS B3J 2J6
TELEPHONE (+1) 902 429 5680
FAX (+1) 902 429 5221
Estonian Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
25 Lyla Drive
Lawrencetown, NS B2Z 1L4
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 434-2816
FAX (+1) (902) 434-2816
Finnish Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
Benjamin Wier House
1459 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1V1
TELEPHONE (+1) 902 420 1990
FAX (+1) 902 429 1171
French Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
German Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
P.O. Box 2380 Stn. Central RPO
1100 Purdy’s Wharf Tower One (1)
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3E5
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 420 15 99
FAX (+1) (902) 421 31 30
Icelandic Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
c/o CBCL Limited
1489 Hollis Street
P.O. Box 606
Halifax, NS B3J 2R7
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 492-6763
FAX (+1) (902) 423-3938
Irish Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
5136, Prince Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1L4
TELEPHONE (+1) 902 492 0067
FAX (+1) 902 492 0164
Italian Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
1574 Argyle Street, Suite 7
Halifax, NS B3J 2B3
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 422-0066
Japanese Honorary Consulate General in Halifax, Canada
c/o Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette
1894 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2A8
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 421-1330
FAX (+1) (902) 425-1108
Latvian Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
525 Tower Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2X4
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 425-0415
Lebanese Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
3480 Joseph Drive, 5th Floor
Halifax, NS B3L 4H7
TELEPHONE (+1) 902 457 6676
FAX (+1) 902 457 4686
Mexican Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
130 Lakeshore Park Terrace
Dartmouth, NS B3A 4Z4
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 466-3678
FAX (+1) (902) 466-3678
Netherlands Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
c/o The Westin Nova Scotian
Halifax, NS B3H 2P6
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 496-7410
(+1) (902) 240-7623 (Office)
Norwegian Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
1525 Birmingham Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2J1
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 407 0412
Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Halifax, Canada
1819 Granville Street, Suite 303
Halifax, NS B3J 2G1
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 240-0833
Polish Honorary Consulate in Halifax, Canada
14 Samuel Terrace
Halifax, NS B3N 3A2
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 219-0408
Spanish Honorary Vice Consulate in Halifax, Canada
1345, Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1T8
TELEPHONE (+1) (902) 422-0400
FAX (+1) (902) 422-9439
Swedish Consulate in Halifax
Canada c/o McInnes Cooper
1300-1969 Upper Water Street
Purdys Wharf Tower II
P.O. Box 730
Halifax Nova Scotia B3J 2V1 Canada
Telephone (+1) (902) 491 11 50
Fax (+1) (902) 425 63 50
Swiss Consulate in Halifax, Canada
139 Capri Drive P.O. Box 33
West Porters Lake
Nova Scotia B3E 1L6 Canada
Telephone (+1) 902 827 5548
Fax (+1) 902 827 3590
British Consulate in Halifax, Canada
1 Canal Street
Dartmouth Nova Scotia
B2Y 2W1 Canada
Telephone (+1) 902 461 1381
Fax (+1) 902 465 2578
American Consulate General in Halifax
Canada Purdys Tower II, Suite 904 1969
Upper Water Street
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3J 3R7 Canada
Telephone (+1) 902 429 2480, (+1) 902 429 2485
Fax (+1) 902 423 6861