The Administration department provides many services including lottery licensing, marriage licensing, and Commissioner of Oaths.
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.
If you require commissioning services, please call (613) 584-2000 to make an appointment. It is recommended you call ahead to ensure a Commissioner is available.
The Town of Deep River does not prepare affidavits or provide legal advice. We also wish to advise that Commissioners will not witness Wills, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Divorce, Separation, Custody, Theft, Financial or Real Estate related documents. We suggest these documents be taken to a solicitor for appropriate advice and assistance. The Commissioner reserves the right to refuse to commission documents.