An affidavit is the written equivalent of giving oral evidence under oath by the "deponent", who is the person who makes the affidavit. It is a written description of facts. The affidavit is sworn or solemnly declared to be true. An affidavit is usually made in the context of court proceedings. Hearsay evidence is allowed as long as the source of the deponent's information is identified, and the deponent takes an oath that he/she believes the evidence is true.
A declaration made in a prescribed form before a justice of the peace, notary public, or other person authorized by to administer an oath. It is similar to an affidavit, except it is usually drafted for purposes other than court proceedings. It is a solemn declaration authorized by the Canada Evidence Act and the Ontario Evidence Act and is used to assert the truth of any fact or facts or of any account rendered in writing. The declaration is of the same force and effect as if made under oath and therefore has value as evidence.
A notarized copy is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified by a Notary Public to be a true and accurate copy of the original document. A certified copy is similar, but the certification can be completed by a Commissioner as well.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommends that if a person younger than 18 is travelling alone or with only one parent or another adult, they have their parents' consent for such travel. A Notary Public or Commissioner can draft and/or notarize this consent document for you. The consent document is drafted according to the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's recommended specifications and the parent(s) granting consent must attend our office with valid photo identification. More information can be found here.