Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services office Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Montreal, Halifax- Why Only Ottawa?

This is a question that we hear almost daily from our clients, and with more people requiring authentication and legalization services it has added some confusion on how to get started. To help clarify there is only one Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section office in Canada and it is located here in Ottawa close to ALSC national headquarters. Although some of the provinces do have authentication of document offices unfortunately their validation on a document will not be accepted by most embassy consulates. Foreign countries generally require the Global Affairs Canada authentication stamp before they will accept a document for legalization. This is why it’s always safe to obtain it to not delay the process. In a rare case where a country does require a provincial authentication stamp one of our experienced agents will clarify this with you during your consultation. After authentication has been completed at Global Affairs Canada you will then be ready for the second step of document legalization at the embassy consulate. This final step which completes the Canadian international document certification process may also be called Attestation or Apostille in some countries but is recognized as the equivalent. As Global Affairs Canada does not have an authentication of documents office outside of Ottawa therefore to help our convenient Authentication Legalization Services Canada service centers in Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Montreal, Halifax offer you a quick and safe solution.

Are Provincial Authentication of Document Offices the same as Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section?

No, Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section provides federal authentication of documents which is more widely accepted by embassies. In most cases Global Affairs Canada and the embassy are unable to authenticate or legalize documents that have provincial authentications. This happens often where unfortunately one of our clients has wasted time and expense doing the extra step of provincial authentication before speaking with us. As an example of some of the document authentication provincial offices in the Province of Ontario the Official Document Services ODS is responsible for the Certification of Authentication. In Alberta it is the Official Documents and Appointments Branch of Alberta Justice. For the Province of British Columbia the authentication of documents is managed by the Ministry of Justice Order in Council (OIC) Administration Office in Victoria. For Quebec Certificats de qualité et d’authenticité will be issued in Montreal.

If I am not in Ottawa how can I authenticate my document at Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section?

You have a few choices if you are using our authentication services but if you are dealing with Global Affairs Canada by mail or courier it takes 25 business days until you receive it back. If using this method, please note that due to the amount of requests received by Global Affairs Canada they cannot confirm that they have received or completed your request until 20 business days have passed. If there are any issues with your document request this will add extra time and expense. If using our services we can save you this trouble see our document requirements page to confirm you have the correct document. If you are still not sure if your Canadian document qualifies not worry if using or services we guarantee authentication at Global Affairs Canada. One other important thing to remember, if you are currently outside of Canada, is that Global Affairs Canada cannot return your document by international courier so you will need to make other arrangements. This is another advantage of using our services as we provide our clients international courier solutions on our Document Shipping Made Easy page allowing for delivery anywhere in the world.

After considering these factors it’s no surprise why our clients trust us with their important international business. Further recognizing the need, Global Affairs Canada recommends if you require quicker service or assistance to successfully complete the process you should hire an authentication and legalization service. As Canada’s first Authentication and Legalization service we have helped people have their documents accepted in countries like China, Colombia, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, Spain, United States ask us about your country.

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Following the ALSC 5 Easy Steps, you can begin and complete the process from your home or office from anywhere in the world. The first step in our process is one of our experienced agents will review your document and confirm that it is ready to be authenticated at Global Affairs Canada. Should it need any further attention like a Notary or clarification of signature we will help you with this to make sure it is ready for processing. Once your document has been reviewed and is ready for authentication to meet your schedule we can authenticate it in 1, 3 or 10 business days depending on your choice of service. Unlike other authentication services, all of our clients’ documents are presented in person by one of our experienced agents to Global Affairs Canada and not handled by any outside agents to ensure your privacy and security.

After deciding how quickly you would like your document authenticated at Global Affairs Canada your personal agent will be ready to assist you with shipping to our national headquarters in Ottawa. We make it easy whether its using using one of the recognized carriers , your preferred method or maybe its more convenient for you to drop it off at one of our  Authentication Legalization Services Canada service centers listed below to save shipping fees:

 

Victoria Service Center

Suite 301 – 1321 Blanshard Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 0B6
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM PT
By Appointment Call 1-800-336-1132
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Vancouver Service Center

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Suite 1000 – 355 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C.  V6C 2G8
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM PT
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Surrey Service Center

Suite 200 – 7404 King George Blvd
Surrey, B.C. V3W 1N6
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM PT
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Calgary Service Center

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Suite 3300, 205-5th Avenue SW
Bow Valley Square 2
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2V7
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM MT
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Edmonton Service Center

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2020 -10060 Jasper Ave, Tower 1
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3R8
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM MT
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Regina Service Center

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7th Floor, 2010 – 11th Ave.
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 0J3 
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM CST
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Winnipeg Service Center

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18th Floor – 201 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3K6
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM CDT
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Toronto Service Center

Suite 5600 – 100 King St. West
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C9
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM ET
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North York Service Center

Suite 200 – 5700 Yonge Street
North York, Ontario M2M 4K2
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM ET
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Mississauga Service Center

Ste. 1400–90 Burnhamthorpe Rd W
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 5C3
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM ET
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Montreal Service Center

Suite 2901 – 1 Place Ville Marie
Montréal, Québec H3B 0E9
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM ET
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Halifax Service Center

Suite 1301 – 1959 Upper Water Street
Tower 1 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J3N2
•Pick Up & Drop Off 9AM-5PM AT
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Once your document is received at ALSC Ottawa headquarters for processing we will confirm this with you by email giving you the time lines for completion and any other information you may require. After meeting with Global Affairs Canada on your behalf to have your document authenticated it will be ready for our ALSC Legalization Service at any of the countries embassy or simply returned back to you. Whatever the case we are happy to assist with the next step, feel free to speak with us about your international document requirements to save time and give you peace of mind.

To find out more about how we can help you with the authentication of your document at Global Affairs Canada or document legalization at an Embassy Consulate contact Authentication Legalization Services Canada the experts in international document processing 1-800-336-1132

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