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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:

Click here to get your New Brunswick Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, or Death Certificate

Click here to get your Newfoundland Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, or Death Certificate

Click here to get your PEI Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, or Death Certificate

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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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

Currently closed

Halifax, NS



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

Barrington Tower

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