Commissioner of Oaths

If you require commissioning services, please call the Town office at 613-584-3114 to make an appointment. 

What is an Oath?

  • An oath is a solemn declaration by which a person signifies he or she is bound in conscience to perform an act faithfully and truthfully.  

What is an Affirmation?

  • An affirmation is a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath, if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds.

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:

  1. Identification of the person giving the affidavit (deponent or affiant);
  2. Body of the affidavit, which provides the evidence or the statement of facts;
  3. The signature of the deponent; and
  4. Jurat – including the signature of the Commissioner taking the affidavit.  The jurat is the certificate of the commissioner before whom the document was sworn.  It sets out the location of where the oath was administered and the date of the oath.  By signing the jurat, the commissioner is certifying that he or she has administered the oath to the deponent.  If exhibits are attached to the affidavit, then the commissioner must also sign the exhibits certifying them to be part of the affidavit.

What is a Commissioner of Oaths?

  • A Commissioner of Oaths (also known as a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits) is a person authorized to take your oath or solemn affirmation when you sign an affidavit or a statutory declaration.
  • Commissioner of Oaths service is offered at the Town of Laurentian Hills municipal office. Since the nature of documents varies, it is recommended that you contact the Town prior to your visit to confirm your attestation can by commissioned by staff. 
  • A Commissioner does not certify the statements being made in the affidavit or statutory declaration are true, but only certifies that an oath or solemn affirmation has been administered properly.

The Commissioner reserves the right to refuse to commission any document. 

What is the duty of the Commissioner of Oaths?

  • Every oath and declaration shall be taken by the deponent in the presence of the commissioner, notary public, justice of the peace or other officer or person administering the oath or declaration who shall satisfy himself or herself of the genuineness of the signature of the deponent or declarant and shall administer the oath or declaration in the manner required by law before signing the jurat or declaration. (Commissioner of Oaths Act R.S.O. 1990, c. C. 17, s.9).
  • There is no fee for this service.

Is there a difference between a Commissioner of Oaths and a Notary Public?

  • Yes - a Notary Public has broader authority than a Commissioner of Oaths. A Commissioner is not able to notarize documents such as complete passport documentation or certify documents as true. We are not able to offer notary public services at this time.  A list of notary publics or lawyers can be found in your local telephone directory.
  • CERTIFIED COPIES: A Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits are only empowered to administer oaths and take Affidavits and Declarations. You will require a Notary Public to certify true copies of documents.

Commissioner of Oaths for the Town of Laurentian Hills 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 any document. 

Town of Laurentian Hills
34465 Highway 17, RR#1
Deep River, Ontario
K0J 1P0

Phone: 613-584-3114
Fax: 613-584-3285

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Closed weekends and holidays