Notary public and commissioner of oaths are persons empowered under provincial legislation to administer and witness the swearing of oaths or solemn affirmations in the taking of an affidavit.
Commissioners of Oaths are also empowered to witness any declaration as required under a statute.
Critically, a Commissioner of Oaths only certifies the required oath, affirmation or declaration has been properly administered; they do not certify the truth of the statements contained in the document
In Ontario, as is the case in many other jurisdictions, a commissioner of oaths requires the deponent to be physically present before the said commissioner and satisfy with the authenticity of the deponent’s identity and signature.
Generally, there are at least 2 types of oaths that can be sworn to:
(1) “Do you swear that the contents of this affidavit as subscribed by you are true, so help you, God?”
(2) “Do you solemnly affirm and declare that the contents of this affidavit as subscribed by you are true?”
Notably, where a solemn declaration is required instead, the deponent must answer in the affirmative.
Lastly, and most critically, The Notary Guy, as a notary public, is empowered under the statute to act as a commissioner of oaths.
Therefore, rest assured, The Notary Guy, is indeed empowered under Ontario legislation to witness the swearing of an oath, solemn affirmations, or declarations as required under the statute.
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