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CorporateLegalComplianceJune 19, 2023

Canada accedes to the Apostille Convention

On May 12, 2023, Canada officially submitted documentation to accede to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, commonly known as the Apostille Convention. The Apostille Convention facilitates the use of public documents abroad by replacing the often long and costly legalization process by issuing a simple Apostille certificate.

With the accession of Canada, the Apostille Convention now has 125 contracting parties. It also marks the 1000th treaty action related to an HCCH Convention or Protocol. The convention will officially go into effect in Canada on January 11, 2024.

From that date, contracting parties are obliged to waive the legalization requirement for public documents issued by Canadian authorities and accept apostilles issued by Canada’s designated competent authority. Likewise, Canadian authorities must accept apostilles for incoming foreign public documents issued by the competent authorities of other contracting parties.

How CT Corporation can help

With so many steps and considerations to take before, during, and after the issuance or execution of a document that originates in one jurisdiction for use in another, it’s important to have the right support.

Whether you already have the document in hand or are somewhere in the process of arranging to have it issued or signed, CT Corporation provides the assistance and support you need to get it done. Contact CT Corporation today for more information on our Authentication and Apostille services.

The CT Corporation staff is comprised of experts offering global, regional, and local expertise on registered agent, incorporation, and legal entity compliance.

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