Commissioners for Oaths perform important functions in our society. They are expected to comply with the highest standards of behaviour as set out in the Notaries and Commissioners Act and the Commissioners for Oaths Regulation. Commissioners for Oaths can administer oaths and take and receive affidavits, affirmations and declarations.
The Township of Whitewater Region offers a commissioner of oaths service. The individual or persons required to execute the document must attend the office and provide personal identification that includes your photo and signature. The document must be signed before the Commissioner of Oaths Please note that not all documents can be commissioned. Examples that cannot be commissioned include wills, codicils to wills, power of attorney forms, divorce, separation or custody documents, and non-municipal real estate documents.
Also, if your document requires a notarized signature, please contact your legal counsel as this type of document cannot be commissioned. The current fee for the commissioning of a document is $10.00 payable to the Township of Whitewater Region, for further information, please contact The Township of Whitewater Region at 613-646-2282.
What is an Oath?
What is an Affirmation?
What is an Affidavit?
An affidavit is a document containing statements that are verified by the swearing of an oath or by an affirmation. Affidavits are generally used for the purpose of establishing legal rights and may be required to attest to a certain fact or set of facts.
There are four parts to an affidavit:
What is a Commissioner of Oaths?
What is the duty of the Commissioner of Oaths?
Is there a difference between a Commissioner of Oaths and a Notary Public?
Please Note: The request for Commissioner of Oaths service must be made by the same individual taking the oath and signing the document. You must present one original piece of photo identification in the form of government-issued photo ID (i.e. valid drivers licence, valid passport, valid age-of-majority card). If your identification and/or document is in a language other than English or French, an official translation of the identification and/or document may be required. The deponent must sign the affidavit in the presence of the Commissioner. If the document has already been signed, the person will be asked to sign a second time in front of the Commissioner. Any changes that have been made in the body of the document that are present at the time of signing must be initialed by both the deponent and the Commissioner. Any changes that are not initialed may be deemed to have been fraudulently changed after being commissioned and invalidate the document. If your affidavit requires both a witness and a Commissioner signature, you must provide your own witness. The Commissioner cannot prepare affidavits or provide you with any advice with respect to the documents you are swearing. You need to read and fully understand the documents yourself. The Commissioner reserves the right to refuse to commission documents.
Periodically, municipal officials are named as persons able to certify documents for such purposes as applications for Canada Pension, Old Age Security etc. Any such certification will be noted as limited to the purpose for which it was obtained and this service will be provided only where the customer supplies evidence that the municipal official is explicitly authorized to certify the document.