Overview of eSignature Legality in Canada
Canada has legally recognized eSignatures by province since 1998 with the Uniform Electronic Commerce Act (UECA). All Canadian provinces and territories other than Quebec comply with this act. The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) which passed in 2004 recognizes eSignatures on a federal level.
Electronic Signature Law
UECA and PIPEDA state that eSignatures are permissible and hold the same status as pen and paper signatures.
Are eSignatures legal, admissible, and enforceable?
Summary of Law
An eSignature is broadly defined as “information in electronic form that a person has created or adopted in order to sign a document and that is in, attached to or associated with the document.” eSignatures are valid as long as both parties agree to this form of signing along with the following guidelines:
- eSignature is unique and identifiable to the signer
- Software used can track the requested signatory signed
- Any alterations to the signed document can be detected
eSignatures are not recommended for:
- Real estate agreements
- Court orders and notices
- Any documents needing notarization
- Adoption documents
- Divorce agreements
면책 사항: 이 정보는 일반적인 정보 제공을 목적으로 하며 전자 서명 적법성의 바탕이 되는 법적 토대에 대한 이해를 돕기 위해 작성되었습니다. 이 정보는 법률 자문을 제공하기 위한 것이 아니며, 전문적인 법률 자문을 대체할 수 없습니다. 법률 자문과 변호가 필요한 경우 자격증을 소지한 변호사에게 문의하시기 바랍니다.