A Commissioner is a person authorized by the Province of Ontario to take oaths or declarations when you sign an affidavit or statutory declaration. The clerk and deputy clerk/treasurer of the Municipality of Huron East are, by virtue of office, commissioners for taking affidavits in the Municipality of Huron East. This authority is conferred by the Commissioners for taking Affidavits Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter C. 17.
The Commissioner is not responsible for the content of the affidavit; it is the responsibility of the person whose signature is being commissioned (the deponentĚ). The deponent must understand not only the details to which he or she will attest but also the fact that he or she is swearing an oath that the details are correct.
The Commissioner must satisfy him or herself of the deponents identity and capacity and properly administer the oath or declaration. Therefore, any person requesting commissioners services will be required to provide photo identification satisfactory to the Commissioner unless the person is already personally known to the Commissioner.
All documents to be commissioned must be signed in the presence of the Commissioner of Oaths.
If a Commissioner is uneasy about the identity of the deponent or the content of the document for any reason, the deponent may be referred to a lawyer. We reserve the right to refuse commissioning services of any document.
A Commissioner for Taking Affidavits is not the same as a Notary Public. The Municipality does not provide Notary Public Services. A list of Notary Publics and lawyers who notarize documents can be found in your local phone directory.
Please note: Currently there is no fee for this service. It is preferable if you call (519-527-0160 or 1-888-868-7513) ahead to ensure that a Commissioner is available.