Apostille Convention Comes into Effect in Canada

February 15, 2024

On Jan. 11, 2024, the Hague Apostille Convention came into effect in Canada, allowing Canadian citizens and businesses a cost-effective, streamlined method for getting their Canadian public documents accepted abroad.

Documents can now be submitted for an authenticity certificate, called an apostille, which thereafter allows the documents to be submitted for use in over 125 signatory countries without the additional step of legalization by a country’s consulate or embassy in Canada. See the Government of Canada website for more information on this change, including where to send notarized documents for authentication.