Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public

Overview of Commissioner for Oaths/Notary Public Program

The appointment and responsibilities of Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public are governed by various sections in both the Federal and Nunavut Evidence Acts.

The Nunavut Evidence Act allows the Minister of Justice of Nunavut to appoint individuals to these positions. Those wishing to apply to be appointed as either a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public must apply to the Program Administrator as indicated below.

Staff in the office of the Program Administrator do not administer oaths, take and receive affidavits, statutory declarations or affirmations or provide any of the other services of those who are appointed as a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public.

For more information, please contact the Program Administrator, Alexander Simonfalvy, asimonfalvy1@gov.nu.ca or 867-975-7290.

What is a Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public?

A Commissioner for Oaths is an individual who can administer oaths and take and receive affidavits, statutory declarations and affirmations only within Nunavut.

A Notary Public can also administer oaths and take and receive affidavits, statutory declarations and affirmations, for use both inside and outside Nunavut. A Notary Public can also certify true copies of documents.

The services of a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public are needed in many situations. For example, a document used for court cases and other legal proceedings must be sworn or affirmed in front of a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public in order to be admitted as evidence.