Main comparisons between Public Notaries


Main comparisons between Public Notaries


Main comparisons between Public Notaries in Alberta and Nova Scotia Provinces

Published by Paragon Notary on 9th July, 2021



In the province of Alberta, the commissioner of oaths is authorized to administer and witness the swearing of oaths or solemn 

affirmations in the taking of an affidavit for any probable legal matter under the provincial or state legislation.

Witnessing the signature process and certification service are common duties for the commissioner of oaths. Documents and 

supplements may need authentication, attestation, certification or notarization.  Your documents are important, let us notarize 

them for you. 

Areas of responsibilities for the commissioner of oaths include:

1. Oaths

2. Affirmations

3. Affidavits

4. Statutory declarations

5. Authentications

6. Power of attorney (by declarants or deponents)

7. Damaged, destroyed and lost passport statutory declaration

8. Witnessing any declaration as required under the respective provincial statutes

9. Recommended consent letter for children travelling abroad

Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia an individual may be a notary public, a commissioner of oaths, or both. A notary public 

and a commissioner of oaths are controlled by the provincial Notaries and Commissioners Act. Persons 

hold a commission granted to them by the Minister of Justice. Contact our expert consultant if you want 

your official papers certified.

Under the Act a notary public has the "power of drawing, passing, keeping and issuing all deeds and 

contracts, charter-parties and other mercantile transactions in this Province, and also of attesting all 

commercial instruments brought before him for public protestation, and otherwise of acting as is usual 

in the office of notary, and may demand, receive and have all the rights, profits and emoluments 

rightfully appertaining and belonging to the said calling of notary during pleasure."

Under the Act a commissioner of oaths is "authorized to administer oaths and take and receive 

affidavits, declarations and affirmations within the Province in and concerning any cause, matter or 

thing, depending or to be had in the Supreme Court, or any other court in the Province."

Every barrister of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia is a commissioner of oaths but must receive an additional commission to act as a notary public.

"A Commissioner of Oaths is deemed to be an officer of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Commissioners take declarations concerning any matter to come before a court in the Province." Additionally, individuals with other specific qualifications, such as being a current Member of the Legislative Assembly, commissioned officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Canadian Forces make act as if explicitly being a commissioner of oaths. If you are unsure whether your documents should be certified contact our specialist at Paragon Notary for advice.