Document Certification

Document certification is available by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for Certificates of Origin, commercial invoices, letters, and other trade related documents. A Certificate of Origin (C of O) is a document attesting that goods exported in a shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.

All documents presented to the Winnipeg Chamber for certification must first be signed and notarized. Notarization is a process by which a lawyer or a notary public certifies, from a person’s sworn statement, that the facts described in her/ his signed documents are true.

Exporters that frequently use our service often find the notarization process costly and time consuming; an alternative to notarization is the Letter of Waiver. Along with notarization or a Letter of Waiver, we also require proof of a company’s registration in Canada with the federal or provincial/territorial government and its annual business license renewal, or the like, before we will certify any documents.

Providing a Letter of Waiver acts as a Notary Public which means you don’t have to get your lawyer to witness the company representative signature on every individual Certificate of Origin or other trade related documents. The original Letter of Waiver must be signed and stamped/sealed by the Notary Public and returned to The Winnipeg Chamber office, where it is kept on file and valid for two years.

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce provides two convenient ways for document certification: manually or online electronic. Please see the following chart for our rates for this service (each original shipment set).

Click here for online document certification.

Document Certification Members Non-members
Manual Fees $15 (plus GST) $34 (plus GST)
Online DIY Electronic Fees $28 (plus GST) $38 (plus GST)

*Effective July 1, 2019 fees for manual certification will be increasing to: Members $15 (plus GST) / Non-members $34 (plus GST)