Document Notarization

A Copy Of The Following Documents Must Be Notarized By A Notary Public In The Province Of Alberta If Included In Your Supporting Documents Package:
  • Proof of legal name change. Alternately, the applicant may share this document through physiciansapply.ca
  • Alberta senior high school transcript if original is not provided
  • Alberta post-secondary institution transcript if original is not provided
  • Canadian Passport (valid for the period of December 1, 2018 thru June 6, 2019)
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate or Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident card (front and back) (valid for the period of December 1, 2018 thru June 6, 2019)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (valid for the period of December 1, 2018 thru June 6, 2019)
The Following Document Must Be Notarized By A Notary Public In The Province Of Alberta Between December 1, 2018 Thru June 6, 2019:
  • AIMG Program Applicant Identity Verification Form for the 2020 Cycle
A Copy Of The Following Documents Must Be Notarized By A Notary Public In The Province Of Alberta Between May 1, 2019 And June 6, 2019, If Included In Your Supporting Documents Package:
  • AIMG Program Alberta Residency Statutory Declaration Form for the 2020 Cycle
  • Valid and up-to-date Alberta Operator’s Licence
  • Valid and up-to-date Alberta photo identification (non-operators ID) card
  • Active Alberta Personal Health card
Why Must I Use A Notary Public And Not A Commissioner For Oaths?

Supporting documents requiring notarization need to be signed before a Notary Public for the Province of Alberta. A Commissioner for Oaths will not suffice. Commissioners are not able to verify the accuracy of documents or certify true copies.

A Notary Public is governed by the Notaries Public Act, provincial legislation that summarizes their duties and responsibilities.

The duties of a Notary Public include (among others):

  • administering oaths and taking affidavits, affirmations and declarations attested by the notary public’s signature and seal; and,
  • certifying copies of documents as being true copies.

Before notarizing any document, a Notary Public must carefully review the document to ensure that it is not a legally ineffective or obviously irregular document that should not be notarized. Notarization of such a document is strictly prohibited, as it may lead parties to believe incorrectly that it is legitimate and has some effect in law.

Please note that if any lay Notary Public in Alberta has any concern that a document might be legally ineffective and/or obviously irregular, the document should not be notarized, and the requesting party should be referred to a member of the Law Society of Alberta.

The embossed stamp or seal must state that it is from a Notary Public in the province of Alberta.

I Am Completing My Final Year Of Medical Studies Outside Of Canada And Canadian Consular Officials No Longer Provide Document Certification Services, What Can I Do?

For final year medical students completing their studies outside of Canada who do not have access to an Alberta notary ONLY – the AIMG Program accepts certification of the Applicant Identity Verification Form and proof of Canadian status documents from the officials below if it is within their mandate and they offer these services:

  • Authorized representatives at the Dean or at the Registrar offices of the candidate’s faculty (school) of medicine
  • Officials at any embassy or consulate
  • Notary public
  • Lawyers (member of an official bar association)
  • First-class magistrates, judges/justices of the peace

In the United States only, a Commissioner of Oaths (provided that they have an official government agency appointment and an ENGLISH OR FRENCH stamp or seal)