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What is a certified translation?
Who is a certified translator?
When will I need a certified translation?
What is a notarized translation?
Where can I obtain a certified translation?

What is a certified translation?

A certified translation is a translation that has been prepared by a certified translator, who is a certified member of one of the provincial organizations of translators and interpreters in Canada.

A certified translation will attest to the accuracy and authenticity of the translation. It will include the certified translator’s signature and official stamp from a provincial translators’ organization, such as the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO), along with any additional information required by the organization requesting the translation.

Who is a certified translator?

Certified translators are certified members of one of the provincial organizations of the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC) or the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ).

Certified translators who are members of CTTIC have a proven academic and/or professional background in translation and have passed a translation examination in order to be certified for a specific language combination (ex. Spanish into English). They have also sworn to uphold a code of professional ethics.

When will I need a certified translation?

If you are applying for citizenship in Canada or are a Canadian who was married, has worked or studied in another country, you may need to submit a certified translation of documents that are not in English or French to a government organization, business or academic institution in Canada.

Please consult the organization requesting the translation for details about how the translation should be certified. Different organizations may have different requirements.

What is a notarized translation?

A notarized translation is a translation that has been legalized by a notary. The translator will need to sign a sworn statement (a translator affidavit) in front of a notary to confirm the accuracy of the translation.

Most government departments and institutions in Canada do NOT require a notarized translation or translator affidavit if the translation was prepared by a certified translator who is a member of one of the provincial organizations of translators in Canada.