COMMISIONER OF OATHS

NOTARY PUBLIC

 

Dela Cruz Legal Services offers Notary Public Services in York, Simcoe and surrounding areas. Our services include the notarization and certification of documents. A notary public has all the powers of a Commissioner of Oath, and can also verify that signatures, marks and copies of documents are true or genuine. 

We provide a complete suite of convenient and cost-effective notarial services. Whether you need affidavits, certified true copies, notary public and the commissioner of oaths, letters of invitation, marriage abroad, and consent to travel documents. You can contact us for same-day service

Commissioner Of Oaths

In Ontario, the practice of commissioning is governed by the Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act (the “Act”). A commissioner for taking affidavits is a person who is entitled to take affidavits and administer oaths, declarations, and affirmations in accordance with the Act (a “Commissioner”).

Commissioners by virtue of office
All persons licensed under the Law Society Act to practice law or provide legal services in Ontario are designated Commissioners, and are not required to apply for a commissioner appointment or pay an appointment fee, by virtue of their office (s. 1(1) of the Act and s. 1(1) of O. Reg. 386/12 made under the Act). In other words, lawyers and paralegals licensed by the Law Society are deemed to be Commissioners for the purposes of the Act.

Notary Public

In Ontario, the practice of notarizing is governed by the Notaries Act (the “Act”). A notary public has all the powers of a commissioner for taking affidavits in Ontario, and can also witness or certify, and attest, the execution of a document, and certify and attest documents to be true copies of the original (ss. 3(1) and 4(1) of the Act).

 

In most cases, we are able to provide this service in a timely (within 24 hours) and a very cost effective manner. Notarization and commissioning services include: letters of invitation for visas, letters of consent to travel, statutory declarations and affidavits.

The following includes but is not limited to the documents that we notarize:
  • Affidavits
  • Certified True Copy
  • Sworn Declarations
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Common Law Declaration
  • Custodian Declaration
  • Consent to Travel
  • Invitation Letters
  • Single Status Certificate
  • Professional Accreditation Applications

Child Travel Consent Letter

A consent letter demonstrates that a child has permission to travel outside Canada from every parent or guardian who is not accompanying them on the trip.

When to use a consent letter

A consent letter should be used for all cross-border travel when a child is travelling:

  • alone
  • with only 1 parent or guardian
  • in the care of friends or relatives
  • with a group, such as a sports, school, musical or religious group

This includes day trips and travel where a child will be with only 1 parent for part of a trip. For example, a child will leave Canada with both parents but will return with only 1 parent.

A consent letter is not a legal requirement in Canada, but it can simplify travel for Canadian children as it may be requested by immigration authorities when entering or leaving a foreign country or by Canadian officials or airline agents when re-entering Canada.

Declaration or Statutory Declaration

A statutory declaration is authorized by the Canada Evidence Act or section 5.3 of the Ontario Evidence Act and is used to assert the truth of any fact or facts, or of any account rendered in writing. A person is guilty of an offence if he/she makes a false statutory declaration.

A statutory declaration is a legal document that is used to declare information to be true. It is a written statement sworn before a person who is authorised to administer oaths, such as a notary public or a commissioner of oaths. Statutory declarations are commonly used in a variety of legal and administrative situations, such as:

 

  • Declaration of a common-law relationship or marriage
  • Confirming identity or citizenship
  • Verifying the accuracy of documents or information
  • Making a declaration of residency
  • Providing evidence of financial status or assets

Certified True Copy

Certified true copies serve as legally recognized duplicates of original documents, authenticated by a notary public to confirm their accuracy. These copies are commonly used in various official processes where presenting the original documents might not be feasible or safe, such as visa applications, legal proceedings, or academic enrollment.

 

Visa Invitation Letter

An Invitation Letter outlines 3 key things about visitors to Canada: 

  • They have a genuine reason to visit
  • They have a host who will provide accommodations and financial support during their stay
  • They intend to return to their home country after their visit and are not at risk for overstaying their visa

Should Canada invitation letter be notarized? It is recommended and some visa offices may require that your letter of invitation be notarized by a Notary Public.