Notarial and documentary services guide for Canada

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British High Commission in Canada.


The British High Commission and Consulates General in Canada offer limited notarial services as British consular officers in Commonwealth countries have no powers under the Commissioners for Oaths Act 1889 to undertake notarial acts, administer oaths or take affidavits which will be effectual in the United Kingdom.

How to legalise a document

British consular officials in Canada have no notary powers and cannot certify, notarise or legalise a document. This function is carried out by a Canadian notary public.

If you cannot find what you are looking for please refer below to the list of services which may be provided elsewhere or the British High Commission for a complete list of services in Canada.

Services provided elsewhere

Data protection

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Published 7 May 2013
Last updated 15 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the links for services provided elsewhere.

  2. First published.