An affidavit is a written statement of fact, which is made voluntarily and confirmed by oath or affirmation. It is an oath that signifies what the individual is saying is the truth. An affidavit is typically used for court purposes or used outside of Canada.
Statutory declaration is a statement of facts made in writing. The statements are verified by the solemn declaration of the person making the statement. Statutory declarations may be required pursuant to various statutes. The form of a statutory declaration is mandated by the Canada Evidence Act and British Columbia Evidence Act. Statutory declarations are typically for use within Canada.
Requirements for taking an affidavit or statutory declaration
When we are satisfied with the person’s identity and they understand the document, we administer their oath or solemn declaration and witness the deponent/declarant signing the affidavit in our presence.
There are wide variety of affidavits and statutory declarations a few examples are: