The 1961 Hague Convention, which entered into force in Canada on January 11, 2024, abolishes the requirement for legalization of foreign public documents. Now, for a power of attorney certified in Canada by a local notary, it will be enough to affix an apostille to present the power of attorney in Ukraine.
We are talking about an apostille – a stamp on a document confirming its authenticity and legalization in 125 countries that have joined the Convention. An apostille is often required when concluding international marriages, obtaining foreign education, registering international investments, obtaining citizenship or a residence permit.
Due to differences between the provinces, Canada was unable to accede to the Convention earlier. However, after reaching agreement, the complex procedure of consular legalization is replaced by a clear apostille.