Authenticating/Certifying Canadian Educational Documents

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The authentication (attestation) of your Canadian educational documents (degrees, diplomas, transcripts) are done free of charge by the Authentication and Service of Documents Section (JLAC) in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The educational documents (degrees, diplomas, transcripts) must be issued by Canadian institutions, in the event that the educational documents have been issued by foreign educational institutions, you should contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country from which the document was issued. That office will advise you of the procedures you will have to follow to have your documents authenticated.

For Canadian educational documents, one must send these documents along with a covering letter indicating your mailing address and outlining your specific requirements, to the Authentication and Service of Documents Section (JLAC) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Canada at the location below:

Authentication and Service of Documents Section (JLAC)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0G2

The Processing time is approximately 20 working days from the date the documents are received. The authenticated documents will be returned by regular mail at the provided mailing address which can take up to 5 working days. If you want your documents to be returned by courier, you must also provide a prepaid envelope from the courier of your choice with your documents.

For those living in Ottawa or willing to travel personally to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then you can submit your documents in person. If you have 10 documents or less, they will be processed while you wait. If you have more than 10 documents, they must be left in the office for authentication and it will take approximately 20 working days to process them. When submitting your documents in person, appointments are not necessary. Simply report to the Reception Desk at the address mentioned above between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. or between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The office is closed on statutory holidays.

For more information, please see the following section “Authentication of Documents” at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Canada:

http://www.dfait.gc.ca/common/authentication_documents-en.asp

To contact them via telephone:

1-800-267-8376 (Toll Free in Canada)
613-944-4000 (in the National Capital Region and outside Canada)

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