The Attorney General appoints persons they think fit as notaries public 

Published by Paragon Notary on 25th June, 2021


Other common names for Notary are Lay Notary Public, Notary Public Clerk. A notary public has all the powers of a commissioner for taking affidavits.  He or she can verify that signatures, marks and copies of documents are true or genuine. 

Lawyers and paralegals are automatically commissioners for taking affidavits in Ontario.  Commissioners for taking affidavits (sometimes referred to as commissioners of oaths) take affidavits or declarations by asking you to swear or affirm that what is in a document is true.


A Notary Public has the legal responsibility to abide to the fact that any mistake in determining the validity of a document or a client can potentially lead to legal repercussions. If a notary public is authorized by an Act to administer oaths or to take affidavits or declarations in Ontario, it is not necessary to the validity of any such oath, affidavit or declaration that the notary public affix his or her seal.

Visit a certified notary public when you need an affidavit. An affidavit or declaration may be required for small claims, family and/or civil court, transferring ownership of a used vehicle to another person, gifting a used vehicle to a member of your family, applying for a municipal licence or an exception to a zoning restriction (also known as a zoning variance).


You may need a notary public or commissioner of oaths for court documents. If you need an affidavit for a court proceeding (e.g. small claims, family or court), contact our qualified notary public at Paragon Notary before filing your documents and confirm/affirm an oath in front of a court official who is authorized to take affidavits.

A notary public may exercise the powers of a commissioner for taking affidavits in Ontario; witness or certify, and attest, the execution of a document; certify and attest a true copy of a document; and exercise any other powers and perform any other functions specified.

Notaries Public prepare wills, mortgages, and other legal documents. Administering oaths and taking declarations to be used in legal matters. Witnessing and certifying or authenticating the validity of signatures on documents as an impartial observer in order to prevent fraud and theft within public or private matters.


Authenticating all notarized documents by signing them and using an embossed seal or stamp that verifies their presence at the signing of a particular document. Verifying the document and identity of each signer by checking identification documents, such as birth certificates, social security cards, passports, driver’s licences and other IDs.


Certifying any legal document as a true copy of the original. Keeping records of notarized documents and ensuring that they are in correct order for public reference. Ensuring that no coercion to sign was exercised by either of the parties involved in a legal contract or document. Some may even perform wedding ceremonies if they are duty authorized.