Authentication of Document - Apostille

Effective Jan 11 2024, Canada is a member country of the Hague Apostille Convention, the authentication process for public documents issued in Canada is referring as the “Apostille” process.

China has also joined the Hague Apostille Convention, regions in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR may ask for certificates of authentication or apostilles for certain documents to ensure the documents are valid.

In Ontario, the Official Documents Services (ODS) in downtown Toronto is the Canadian government office to issue certificates of authentications and apostilles. The ODS verifies the validity of documents by checking the signatures and seals on the documents and authenticates document by issuing certificate of authentication, the “Apostille”.

Some examples of document from Ontario Government requiring Apostille Process:

  • Ontario Birth Certificate
  • Ontario Death Certificate
  • Ontario Marriage Certificate

Some examples of document requiring the witnessing of signature by a Notary Public before the Apostille Process:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Authorisation Letter
  • Statutory Declaration / Affidavit
  • Assignment

We offer seamless and efficient “One Stop” Apostille Service:

We handle the entire process including going to the Government office (ODS) in downtown Toronto; arrange the Notary Public to witness signing of document; and translation of Chinese document to English (that is required by the Canadian Government office), provide seamless service on Apostille authentication process for you. Please email or call us for details and fees.