LEGALISATION OF CANADIAN DOCUMENTS TO HAVE EFFECT IN SPAIN
Spanish institutions do not know the signature of Canadian authorities. Through legalization,this consulate, which is a Spanish office, declares that the signature of the Canadian authority included in that document is real. The Spanish institutions can then consider the contents of the Canadian documents.
Which documents do I need to legalize?
When you begin proceedings with Spanish institutions, they will tell you in due course if a Canadian document needs to be legalized. We cannot tell you beforehand. hen you begin proceedings with Spanish institutions, they will tell you in due course if a Canadian document needs to be legalized. We cannot tell you beforehand.
What if I need to translate a document to Spanish?
If you are asked to have your Canadian documents translated from English to Spanish, those translations must be official. The translated documents, like all other Canadian documents, must also be legalized by this consulate. The legalization process for the translated documents is the same as any other legalization process.
I have been told that I have to legalize a document. What do I do now?
First, you must check that the document has been signed by a federal or provincial authority from the following provinces and territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario (excluding Ottawa and Gatineau), Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. This consulate is only responsible for those provinces and territories.
Please note that at this consulate we cannot legalize the signatures of all authorities from these provinces and territories. We can only legalize the signatures of certain departments and officials in each province/territory, and only those from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the case of federal documents. Before contacting this consulate, please ensure that your document(s) have been signed by one of those provincial or federal authorities. You may consult the
following websites to make sure you obtain the correct signature:
In the case of federal documents:
Ontario (excluding Ottawa and Gatineau):
I already have the document authenticated in Canada by one of those departments. What do I do now?First, those departments must ensure you that their signatures will be recognized by foreign embassies and consulates in Canada. Then, send the original of the document to the following address:
Consulate of Spain
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1201
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1A8
ATTENTION: you must also send us the following:
1) The fee payment. The cost for every signature that you need to legalize is $10.20 CAD.
That fee is not for every document, nor for every page, but for every signature. We will only accept payment in the form of a certified cheque (we do not accept personalized cheques) or Money Order addressed to the Consulate General of Spain.
2) An Xpress post envelope with your name, address, and required postage stamp so that we can return your document to you once it has been legalized.
3) A brief note which includes your name, address, cell phone and e-mail address.
What if I live in Spain and I need to legalize a Canadian document?
Contact the Ministry of Foreing Affairs in Canada at
That webpage explains how to contact them, send them the document and how to have them send it to this consulate. Once we legalize it, we will send it to your adress in Spain. To know it and to pay the fee, do this:
Account Holder: Consulado General de España en Toronto
Account Number: 0182-2370-49-2012204049
THE TRANFER MUST BE IN CADS AND THE AMOUNT MUST BE EXACT.
2) Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with a scanned proof of the transfer and with the adress you want us to send you the legalised document to Spain.
What if I prefer to visit the Consulate directly?
In that case, please see us at our office location in Toronto. Be sure to consult our hours of operation and check for specific holidays (http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/TORONTO/en/Consulado/Pages/Horarios.aspx
) You will not need to schedule an appointment. Bring with the original copies of the documents you wish to legalize. You may bring us a labelled Xpress post envelope, or you can collect the documents from us when they have been legalized.