Commissioner of Oaths

Commissioners are authorized to take your oath or solemn affirmation when you sign an affidavit (sworn or affirmed document) or statutory declaration. When you sign an affidavit in front of a Commissioner of Oaths you are swearing or affirming that the contents of the document are true. The Commissioner will sign the document as well, and type, print or stamp their name and the words “A Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia”

For information about becoming a Commissioner of Oaths visit the Nova Scotia Department of Justice website at www.gov.ns.ca/just/Legal_Services/commissioner_oaths.asp, or call 902-424-4030.

Finding a Commissioner of Oaths

  • All practising lawyers are Commissioners of Oaths.  The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society has an online lawyer directory at: http://nsbs.org/member-search
  • You can also call the Nova Scotia Department of Justice at 902-424-4030 for the name of a Commissioner of Oaths in your community.

  • You can have some types of documents commissioned at any ACCESS Nova Scotia location in the province, at no cost.  Contact Access Nova Scotia for details

  •  If you are filing documents with the court that need to be commissioned you can have that done at the court. Depending on the court there may be no fee to have court staff commission documents, or there may be a fee. Contact the court for more information.
  • Other people in your community may also be Commissioners, such as:

Finding a Notary (Notary Public)

A Notary can "Notarize" copies of documents. This means verifying that a copy of a document is a true copy of the original. Contact a lawyer if you need the services of a notary.  Legal Info Nova Scotia has information about lawyers who offer notary services, and approximate costs, so please contact us at 1 800 665-9779 or 902-455-3135 or by email if you are having difficulty finding a notary and we will try to help.

Authentication of Canadian documents for use outside Canada

Global Affairs Canada, Authentication Services Section, authenticates Canadian documents for use abroad, including:

  • official Canadian documents, such as birth, marriage or death certificates, educational documents (transcripts, degrees, diplomas), criminal clearance certificates; and
  • documents signed by a Canadian notary public or Commissioner of Oaths.

Global Affairs also issues Statements in lieu of Certificates of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad for persons who want to get married outside Canada in a country where such a document is needed. For more information visit international.gc.ca or call 1 800 267-8376.