A notary public has all the powers of a commissioner for taking affidavits in Ontario, and can also verify that signatures, marks, and copies of documents are true or genuine. Sections 1, 3, and 4(1) of the Notaries Act (the "Act") provide that notaries public are appointed for Ontario and may exercise their power with respect to transactions in Ontario.
Unlike a commissioner for taking affidavits, a paralegal is not automatically a notary public by virtue of office. Paralegals who wish to become notaries must file an application and remit an application fee to be appointed as a notary public.
A paralegal's appointment as a notary public may subsequently be revoked in accordance with the Act.
Paralegal as Commissioner for Taking Affidavits
Lawyer as Notary Public
Lawyer as Commissioner for Taking Affidavits