Canada: Apostille Convention Signed into Force

Key Points  

  • Citizens of Canada will no longer be required to legalize documents in Hague member states who have joined the Apostille Convention    


The government of Canada joined the Apostille Convention, which removed the requirement for certain foreign-issued public documents to be legalized.    

As a result, 124 member states of the Apostille Convention will accept documents originally granted in Canada. The government of Canada will also accept documents issued in the 124 member states without further needing to authenticate foreign public documents.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Canada joined the Apostille Convention, which removes the requirement for the legalization of public documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and education certificates and degrees in Hague member states. According to the government, this change will help to streamline the immigration application process in the country.     

Looking Ahead  

The Apostille Convention will come into effect in Canada on January 11, 2024. Continue to check the government of Canada’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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