The Philippines and Canada are now officially parties to the Apostille Convention.
Starting 11 January 2024, public documents with an Apostille certificate issued by Competent Authorities in Canada (specifically the two Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan) will no longer require the authentication of the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary for use in the Philippines. Once apostilled, the documents may already be used in the Philippines and be given legal effect.
Examples of public documents are: Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, academic credentials, and export and corporate records and others.
The Apostille streamlines the whole authentication procedure of documents for use back in the Philippines resulting in more convenience and less cost and processing time for the applicants.
For the Apostille requirements in Alberta and Saskatchewan, applicants are advised to visit the following websites:
The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary will continue to issue:
Documents that may be notarized/legalized by the PCG are as follows:
The PCG does not authenticate documents that are executed or issued in other provinces of Canada aside from Alberta and Saskatchewan. Only a Notary Public and not a Commissioner for Oaths can notarize documents to be submitted to Alberta and Saskatchewan Competent Authorities, who will then affix the Apostille Certificate.
The PCG will only notarize documents that are signed in the presence of its consular officers. Thus, the personal appearance of the applicant is required.
Below are the step-by-step procedures
Please note that processing of the documents takes five (5) business days, counted from the next business day following receipt of application, before the documents are returned by mail to the applicants, provided the requirements and procedures listed above are complied with.
The PCG is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any delay or loss in the mail or any other uncontrollable circumstances surrounding the notarization of the documents.
It would be best to use an envelope with tracking features so the applicant would know the status of the delivery of the documents by Canada Post/private courier service.