What Does a Commissioner of Oaths Do?

Jun 10, 2019

You may have heard that you need a Commissioner of Oaths in order to sign official documents. 

But what exactly does a Commissioner of Oaths do, and what kind of documents do they sign?

A Commissioner of Oaths is an individual who is authorized by law to witness signatures for certain documents such as affidavits and statutory declarations. In order to have a document to be commissioned, it cannot be signed until the Commissioner is present and witnessing your signature. All parties required to sign the document must be present and must provide valid photo identification. 
Centre for Skills Development have two Commissioner of Oaths who can provide free assistance with signing declarations regarding:

  • Residency in Ontario
  • Legal name change and birth name correction
  • Translation of passport pages
  • Invitation letter for parent and family members to visit Canada
  • Parental consent for children travelling abroad
  • Identify declaration as per request of the requesting body/organization
  • Proof of Life
  • Certifying copies of:
    • Passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Permanent resident card
    • Canadian citizenship certificate
    • Foreign university and college diplomas

To make an appointment, please contact:
If you live near Burlington contact:

Maria Brzeska, Commissioner of Oaths
905.333.3499 x 196 / 1.888.315.5521 x 196
If you live near Milton, Georgetown or Mississauga contact:

Alex Harchenko, Commissioner of Oaths
905.693.8103 x 204