Is Remote Online Notarization Legal in Ontario and Canada? Which Provinces Allow Remote Online Notarization?

Remote online notarization has only been made possible by changes to provincial laws which have been accelerated through in part to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. The Law Society of Ontario have changed some of its rules allowing remote online notarization. 

  • In Ontario, section 11 of the Electronic Commerce Act, 2000 establishes that “a legal requirement that a document be signed is satisfied by an electronic signature”.
  • As of May 12, 2020, under Bill 190, the Ontario Government amended the Notaries Actto establish that a notary public may “exercise his or her powers without being in the person’s physical presence.” This is a groundbreaking change for notaries.
  • British Columbia permits e-signatures under the B.C. Electronic Transactions Act.

Notary Pro is leading the country in providing this innovative service. These amendments mean that we can provide virtual notary services for clients anywhere in the world. The following documents can now be virtually commissioned and electronically signed online:

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