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):
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.
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:
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)