The City of Port Colborne provides Commissioner of Oaths Services.

A commissioner is a person authorized by the Province of Ontario to take oaths or declarations of an affidavit or a statutory declaration.

A commissioner is not the same as a Notary Public. The City does not keep a list of Notary Publics, however Lawyers often provide this service.

The commissioner is not responsible for the content of the affidavit. The person signing the document is responsible for understanding the details of the document and ensuring the contents are accurate.

Fees (per signature)

  • $20 – payable by cash or debit 
  • Pension – Proof of Life (no charge)


The person signing the affidavit must show proof of identity via Government issued photo identification, such as a Driver's Licence, Passport, Ontario Photo card.

Documents that can be commissioned

  • Municipal Business
  • Domestic and Foreign Pension Documents (Proof of Life)
  • Delayed Statement of Live Birth
  • Legal Change of Name Form - Adult/Child
  • Vehicle Transfer of Ownership to a Family member "gifting a vehicle"
  • Affidavit of an Unregistered Vehicle
  • Immunization Exemption Forms
  • Invitation letters for a visitor's VISA to Canada

Documents that cannot be commissioned

  • Certified True Copies (for example: identification)
  • Wills, Living Wills, and Codicils to Wills / Estate Settlement documents
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Divorce, separation, marriage or cohabitation documents
  • Custody documents
  • Court, Legal or Civil issue related documents
  • Contract Agreements
  • Real estate documents
  • Land Transfer documents
  • Child Travel Consent letter
  • Passport (in lieu of a guarantor)
  • Age of Majority or BYID Card applications
  • Proof of Residency
  • Documents that require the signature of a Notary Public

If you require "Certified True Copies of Documents" such as Provincial Documents (i.e. Drivers Licence) or Federal Documents (i.e. a passport) we suggest you contact the issuer of these documents. Or contact a Lawyer or Notary Public who has this authority to certify documents.


** There is no guarantee that a document can be commissioned until the document is seen by the Commissioner.

City of Port Colborne - General Affidavit Form