The People’s Republic of China has not signed The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961) official documents are therefore required to be notarised by a notary public, Authenticated/ legalised by the FCO Legalisation Office and the Chinese Consulate or Embassy. Basically, to be able to use your documents in China you will need to legalise them before you apply for your Z Visa.
Note: documents must be legalised in the country of issue.
To legalise a Canadian public document, you have to follow the three steps outlined below:
Notarisation is a form of legal certification which certify that a document or a signature is authentic or a true copy. It is the first step in the process of legalisation.
You will need to have your document notarised by a notary public or solicitor.
Non Criminal Record Certificate issued in Canada do not need to be notarised.
By the Authentication and Service of Documents Section of Global Affairs Canada.
It proves that the signature, the position of an official and the seal on a certified document are genuine. Other jurisdictions or countries will recognise your authenticated document as a valid copy.
After completing step one and two, please submit your documents to the Embassy or Consulate of the People’s Republic of China for legalisation.
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ottowa, Canada no longer deal with legalisation requests. As of the 1st of August 2018 you will have to submit your documents to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC).
Note: The Visa Centre in Ottawa can only accept applications submitted by the applicants whose residential or work addresses fall in the following areas: Ottawa Region, Gatineau (QC), Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut. Applications from other provinces or areas of Canada or countries other than Canada are not acceptable.
If you would like to submit your documents to one of the Chinese Consulates-General in Canada for consular authentication (Please click here for the consular jurisdiction of the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in Canada )The notarised documents need to be authenticated by the authentication office of the corresponding province (territory), if the applicant would like to bring the document to the Consulates General for authentication.