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Teaching in Qatar: Dealing with Attestation Requirements

From the food, to the landscape to a prehistoric culture, Qatar is quite the beauty to explore. Add in the benefits of a teaching job there, and you are all set for an exquisite experience. Teaching regarded and respected quite highly in Qatar. It also comes with many perks. Your can expect for your salary to be on par with your Canadian salary with a few added benefits. Provided, you complete Qatar attestation first!

For example, most contracts include an 8-week vacation. This may seem standard compared to what you’d expect at home (two months of summer vacation!), except it doesn’t stop here. Most contracts also include airfare to and from Canada for you and your dependents, medical and dental coverage, and some even include accommodation and a stipend for transportation.

Basically, your major expenses are paid for and what you “earn” is really yours to enjoy. They must really love teachers, no?

It is easy to see why every year, thousands of Canadians apply to teaching positions in Qatar. Unfortunately, due to popular demand for these roles, only a handful are offered the opportunity. If you happen to be one of those lucky ones, congratulations! You are about to begin a profitable adventure. Celebrations are in order, but before that, what’s next?

The beginning of Qatar attestation

  1. Organize Your Documents

Your new employers will likely be asking you for a slew of different documents. Your teaching degree, university certificates, transcripts, police clearance, passport and IDs are all fair game. As soon as you hear some good news, it’s time to get to work. Proper preparation is very important since you are dealing with a foreign country. If you forget something, it may take much longer to have it over to them which can delay your plans. And don’t forget, some of your documents may need to be requested/ordered from institutions, like your college transcript. Also, it is a good practice to create notarized copies of all original documents. All of this takes time, so start planning and collecting as soon as possible.

  1. Document Authentication

Any time you want to use a document originating in one country in another, it will need to be authenticated. This is to verify its legitimacy. As well as ensure to the foreign country that the document is valid and truly what it claims to be.

In other words, to attest it. In Canada however, this process is called document authentication. Meaning, the terms are interchangeable. Global Affairs Canada, a government body situated in Ottawa authenticates your documents. Make sure you’ve collected and notarized all your documents first. Afterwards, you will submit them to GAC for review. GAC will verify that the signatures on the documents match those in their repository and the documents meet all other relevant criteria. Finally, GAC will place a large red stamp on each document to verify that the authentication process has been completed.

  1. Document Legalization

The second step to completing attestation of your documents is to present them to the Embassy of Qatar in Ottawa. This is document legalization. The embassy will conduct their own review of the documents to ensure that they are valid, mainly verifying the GAC stamp. Once satisfied, they too will attach a stamp or certificate of legalization to your documents.

What is next  and how can we help?

Completing legalization ensures your documents are attested, or fully authenticated. All that’s left to do is send them to your employers or the government of Qatar, whomever of these entities have requested for them.

But, if you were to truly approach this the right way, then the first step would be to acquire more information and guidance. Even before you start preparing your documents, it is a good idea to talk to authentication professionals such as Legalization Service Centre about the process. Consult with one of our experienced professionals about what you need to provide and the instructions you received from the employer. Because of differences in culture, language and distance, communication can be difficult and delayed between you and the hiring entity. We deal with hundreds of teachers who have met their documentation needs through us. So chances are, we’ll have some tips and suggestions that’ll make it easier for you to understand the process and be better prepared to respond and relay documents accordingly.

Moreover, our network and connections within the GAC, as well as our Ottawa-based location allow us to complete document authentication and legalization much faster than if you were to approach them yourself. For example, whereas typically it takes up to 20 business days for GAC to authenticate, we can have your documents authenticated in as little as one business day. The quick turnaround, along with error-free submissions can save you money and time that you can use to prepare the other aspects of your trip.

The period after you secure that job can be both stressful and exhilarating. Mental preparation for the trip, tying loose ends at home, preparing to move to another country, and having your documents in order are all big tasks. We can’t help you with all of it, but we can make the bit with the paperwork a little but easier. Call us together to speak with one of our experienced professionals. Then, get back to planning your move to Qatar, at least for period of time!

 

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Canadian Criminal Record Check for International Use

A Criminal Record Check (CRCs) is a common document that one country requires from another. There are a variety of different reasons you may be asked for one, but when you are, you want to know what do to. Here are some key points on CRCs for international use and the CRC attestation process.

What is a Criminal Record Check?

A Criminal Record Check is one form of police record check. It shows records of police convictions or felonies, if you have ever been charged with one. If you have never been convicted of a crime or felony, a simple one page document shows that there are no records on file.

If there are any records to show, the document will contain the following information:

  • The nature of your conviction,
  • Whether or not you were found guilty,
  • What type of pardon you were granted (if any), and,
  • Whether there is an arrest warrant in your name.

There are different kinds of CRCs or background checks. Typically for use inside of Canada, a basic CRC can be requested online on the Canadian Police Services website. This type only requires your name and date of birth, along with answering a few credit-related security questions. When you apply on the Canadian Police Services website, it can take between 7 to 10 business days to receive the record.

However, if you are outside of the country or require a check for international use, you may need a criminal record check with fingerprints — or certified record checks. These act as an added layer of protection. The CRC ensures that you and/or the person you authorize in your application are the only ones who can see your records.

When might you need a CRC and CRC attestation?

You might be asked for a CRC if you are involved or with with vulnerable sectors. Some common examples of vulnerable sectors include young children, older seniors, and some disabled people. For example, if you applied to work in an elementary school in another country, the government of that country may require that you provide a CRC to verify that you have a clean background. They are trying to assess whether you will pose any risks to the people who will be exposed to you through the course of your involvement.

Foreign employment, education, or international travel visas all may require a certified CRC with fingerprints.

What about attestation of the CRC?

After you obtain your RCMP certified criminal record check, the next step for making it good for international use is legalizing the document. You would submit the CRC to Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in Ottawa to obtain a document authentication. GAC will review your CRC and ensure that is has all of the appropriate signatures.

After authentication, you need to legalize your document. The embassy of the country where you will be using your CRC will do this for you. The embassy will review your document to ensure that it meets all of their country’s standards, and that the GAC stamp is valid. Once they are satisfied, they too will affix a stamp or certificate to your document.

Authentication and legalization make your CRC document valid for use in the country where you intend to use it. While the processes are relatively simple, they can be time consuming if you haven’t gone through them before. For example, our documents are processed at the GAC in as little as 1 business day, whereas the normal processing time can take up to 20 days. Time is not the only thing you save when you entrust us with your CRC authentication and legalization needs. Accidental errors and omissions can lead to having to resubmit your documents, which can be quite costly. Since we regularly process CRCs for authentication and legalization, there is little room for errors and omissions.

How can we help?

Legalization Service Centre has an A+ standing with the Better Business Bureau and a 5-star rating on Google. Our professionals are experts at what they do, and have served thousands of customers reach their authentication and legalization needs with ease and efficiency. We’ve processed many criminal records for international use and have experienced all sorts of scenarios. Contact us to speak to one of our agents to find out exactly what you need to do next. We’re always happy to hear from you!

 

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Teaching in the UAE: Degrees and Qualification Certificates Attestation

Teaching in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become an increasingly popular affair, and a highly competitive one at that! This is for good reason. Working as a teacher in the UAE comes with many perks. Asides from a great salary, did you know that teachers can expect to receive provisions such as paid accommodation, healthcare, round flight tickets to their home country during summer break, and a bonus month’s salary for each completed contract year? This means that you can potentially build up a good amount of savings in a short period of time. Adding in the experience of working a job in a beautiful country and this easily becomes a dream career opportunity! What are some things you should know for your document legalization and authentication needs for your new teaching job? Below are some pointers to keep in mind.

Gather all of your essential documents for the UAE

Once you’ve received an offer of employment, your new employers will start asking you for your qualifications. You might need to show everything: Your college/university transcripts, degrees, TEFL certification, and/or teaching license. It’s a good idea to gather all of these documents together and create certified and notarized copies of true originals.

Getting prepared early is the key to stress-free success here. It can take time to order and receive transcripts and replacement certificates if you need any. Factor in time for creating true copies of originals, certifying and notarizing.

Call an authentication professional

In order for all of your documents to be valid for use in the UAE,  they will need to go through the process of document authentication and legalization. If you aren’t familiar with the process, it’s a great idea to consult with a professional. Likewise if you simply haven’t authenticated documents for this purpose before. We’ll provide you with all of the information you need, and guide you to the best of our abilities on how to proceed. At Legalization Service Centre, we process hundreds of documents for teachers regularly, so you can rest assure your document processing needs will be efficiently met by us. There is a high chance that we’ve worked with your school by helping our other Canadian teacher clients.

Have your degree certificates and qualification documents attested for UAE

Your documents will need to go through the screening processes of document authentication and legalization, also known as attestation. Authentication happens at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in Ottawa, where your documents are reviewed to ensure that all of the signatures on them are true and belong to GAC’s repository of authorized individuals. Once they are satisfied, GAC will place a large red stamp demonstrating that the documents have been authenticated.

Next, your documents will need to be legalized by the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Ottawa. The embassy will ensure that the GAC stamp is valid, and that the documents meet all of the requirements and standards in place by the UAE for foreign teachers. Once they are satisfied, they too will place a stamp or certificate indicating that the documents have been legalized.

Following completion of your document processing, Legalization Service Centre will courier them to the address you specify, such as to the school where you will be teaching. This means that we take the stress right off of your hands right from when you call us to the very end when the end party receives your documents!

Now all you have to do is plan for an adventurous opportunity filled with endless potential!

Legalization Service Centre has an A+ standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and a 5 star client rating on Google. We take great pride in serving our customers well, and look forward to building new client relations as we go. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have, even if you don’t need your documents processed by us. We’re happy to help whenever we can!

 

 

 

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The Hague Convention: Authentication, Legalization and Apostille

The Hague Apostille Convention a.k.a. the Hague Convention is a multilateral treaty drafted by the Hague Conference. It’s an attempt to standardize the way documents are certified. Drafted in 1961, the Hague Convention now sees 115 countries as is signatories. These countries recognize a standard document apostille process, which validates them after the process. Thereafter, they can legally recognize documents as equivalent to their own. Canada, however, is not part of the Hague Convention. Instead, documents need to undergo authentication and legalization.

Canada and the Hague Convention

So why isn’t Canada a signatory? It’s not quite clear, but more importantly, it means that it can’t produce document apostilles. Canada even takes things a step further! You can NOT authenticate a copy of a document that has already undergone apostille. To authenticate that document, you must submit another notarized true copy.

It may be confusing for anyone going through this process to understand the difference. If a country asks you for a document apostille and your documents originated in Canada, what do you do? The answer is quite simple. While the terminology is different, document apostille and authentication and legalization mean the same thing. So to “do apostille” really means to authenticate and legalize your documents.

Apostille in Canada: Step 1

In Canada, authentication of documents can only be conducted by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), located in Ottawa. GAC will accept notarized copies of your documents and they will conduct a review of them. They will check the signatures and stamps to ensure they are true and valid. With that done, GAC will place a red stamp on your document to prove it has been authenticated.

Apostille in Canada: Step 2

After authentication, your documents must undergo legalization. Note which country you’re going to use them in! The corresponding embassy or consulate of the country will be legalizing them for you. The embassy will conduct a second review of your documents to ensure that the GAC stamp is true and valid. They will affix either a stamp or a certificate to indicate that the documents have been verified and legalized.

Confused? Exhausted? We can help

The process of document authentication and legalization may seem daunting to anyone who has not gone through it before, however, if done correctly, it can be rather simple administration. Where complications arise is if the documents to be authenticated and legalized have not been prepared properly or the associated forms not filled out correctly. Errors or omissions can cost you a great deal of added time to completion and additional fees. For these reasons, it is always a good idea to have an authentication and legalization professional review your documents and submit them for you. An added benefit of going through a professional service provider such as Legalization Service Centre (LAC) is that our networks at GAC allow for your documents to be prepared in as quickly as one business day whereas the normal wait time is up to 22 business days.

Over years of commitment to authentication and legalization, LAC has garnered a five star rating on Google reviews from many clients and an A+ standing with the BBB. We take customer service very seriously, but more importantly, we know the process of document authentication and legalization inside out for any of your document needs. If you have any questions regarding the processing of your documents, give us a call at 1-800-857-1215 to speak to one of our professionals, or send us a WhatsApp message at +1-613-501-0555 any time.

 

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Authentication and Legalization for Medical Professionals

The globe views Canadian medical professionals very highly. This is because medical training, licensing standards and practice in Canada are amongst the most challenging in the world. As such, foreign countries and organizations seek out Canadian medical professionals for work. Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization are just some of the examples! They provide unparalleled opportunities to experience foreign culture and world affairs. Before you can extend a gold standard service outside of your own country, there are several things to do. That is, documentation caveats, such as authentication and legalization.

What Do Medical Professionals Have To Do?

You must authenticate and legalize your professional medical doctor or nurse license. Countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East ask for validated licenses from medical professionals before allowing them to practice in their countries. For that, you need to obtain a true copy of your license and certificates of training. Then, a notary public in Canada needs to notarize and attest your license. Your next stop is Global Affairs Canada.

The Authentication Process

Global Affairs Canada is the government body that oversees document authentication in Canada. Submit your documents to the GAC bureau in Ottawa, to undergo examination. They will ensure that the signatures and practices numbers on the license are authentic and match the ones within its registry. Once they are satisfied that your license/certificate is valid and meet the standards set by GAC, they will place their red stamp on the license document/certificate, thus completing authentication.

The Legalization Process

You need to submit your license/certificate to the embassy of the country you’re going to practice in Ottawa. The embassy will review your document and the GAC stamp placed on it. Once they are satisfied that the GAC stamp is authentic and the license meets their standards, they too will affix their stamp or a certificate to your document to verify that it has been legalized.

How We Can Help You

While document authentication and legalization are not difficult to complete, they can be time consuming. And costly if not done correctly, especially if you choose to do it yourself! This is because individuals usually lack the network within GAC and local Ottawa embassies that authentication and legalization professionals such as Legalization Service Centre (LSC) possess. This network allows these organizations to bypass wait times, reducing the typical wait time of 20 business days to as little as next-day service at GAC. Moreover, because LSC’s office is located in Ottawa where most embassies and GAC are located, it allows us to be able to oversee your document while it is being processed, meaning that any cause for delay can be rectified immediately.

LSC has earned an A+ status with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and boasts a 5 star review on Google. We take pride in the level of customer service provided to customers over many years of operation. We understand that processing documents can be tedious, especially if you are not familiar or don’t have experience working with government bodies and embassies. Moreover, these tasks can be particularly stressful when conducted from a distance, such as from a different city or province. Trust us with your document authentication and legalization needs, and we will ensure a positive experience for you too!

 

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Coping with Document Authentication and Legalization in Life After the Pandemic

As 2020 progresses into summer in Canada, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to restrict and limit life as we once knew it. While Ontario was hopeful that the number of cases were on the decline, a recent increase in the numbers shows us that we are still a distance away from finishing our battle with the virus. What is the future of document authentication and legalization?

What does this mean for business?

As of June 1st, 2020, Ontario has extended the state of emergency for the province by another few weeks. Business will continue with the limitations that were imposed until June 19th, 2020. Continuing social distancing protocols, most businesses will have their doors closed and may only operate remotely, if at all. This remains true of government offices as well, where functionality for most work is still ongoing. However, operations will continue remotely or with strict social distancing protocols in place. You can find up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, travel, and document authentication on Global Affair Canada’s website. For a full list of state-of-emergency orders and updates, visit here.

As you have likely experienced in the last few months, operations in the government and private sectors have been slow. This is due to a shortage of staff or coping with sudden remote functionality for employees in industries that used to operate mostly from offices. This is also true for activities surrounding authentication and legalization services. Services often require communication between government offices in different countries, which complicates the process. Your document authentication process with Global Affairs Canada may be delayed. There may also be problems in the document legalization step with the appropriate embassy in Ottawa. They may be coping with their own set of delays and restrictions with the countries that they represent!

Moving forward?

It is difficult to point to a date upon which life will resume as before. More likely, operations of businesses and government offices will change to create a post-virus norm. This may mean social distancing measures may never really go away. More and more offices and businesses may choose to continue remote functionality to some capacity. There may still be delays even if things go back to a new normal; it may be a while before things pick up pace. Even more likely is that there may be lags due to a backlog that happens during the state-of-emergency.

What to do?

During this time, it may be of best interest to you to have your document authentication and legalization needs completed by professionals such as Legalization Service Centre. Our hours of operation have not changed significantly and we can be reached conveniently via WhatsApp at +1-613-501-0555  or by telephone at 1-800-857-1215. Not only can we help you process your documents remotely, maintaining social distancing protocols, but our pre-existing networks within most embassies in Ottawa, as well as with Global Affairs Canada, allow us to have your documents processed as quickly as possible. We strive to exceed our clients’ requirements and over the years, our experience has not only allowed us to provide stellar customer satisfaction, but also earn an A+ status with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Only time will tell what the future has in store. For now, we hope you stay safe while maintaining social distancing protocols as per your province’s guidelines. Give us a call or send us a message for any of your document authentication and legalization service needs!

 

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Marriage in Cuba: What Documents Should Canadians Prepare for Wedding in Cuba

Canadians Marrying in Cuba

Love is in the air! Fresh, oceanic, breezy Cuban air. Congratulations on choosing to marry in the beautiful island of Cuba. Perhaps your fiancé/e is Cuban or perhaps you are both Canadians taking advantage of a beautiful Cuban destination wedding. While the latter is simple, there are technical barriers you will have to overcome in order to marry in a Cuban resort. In both cases, you will need to have certain paper work compiled, authenticated and legalized in order to marry in Cuba.

The Paperwork

In order to marry in Cuba, you will need to obtain official permission from your future spouse’s government. Their government will require proof of the following with documentation:

  • Your marital status as being single and eligible to marry
  • Proof of country of birth
  • Proof of date of birth to meet the legal age requirement of 18 years old to marry

To prove that you are single, as a Canadian you will need to provide a Statutory Declaration of Single Status, along with notarized copies of your identification such as a birth certificate and passport. (Please contact our office for Statutory Declaration of Single Status template). If you are divorced/widowed, there are additional documents you will need to provide such as your marriage certificate, divorce certificate, divorce order, or death certificate.

All of the documents that you provide must be translated in Spanish, notarized, authenticated by Global Affairs Canada, and legalized by the Cuban consulate or embassy. For easy processing and a hiccup-free wedding in Cuba, you will want to have all of this paperwork completed before you depart to Cuba for the big affair!

While this takes care of your end of documentation, your Cuban partner will need to do some paperwork of their own. Your future husband or wife will need to provide the following to their government:

  • His/her identity card
  • If they are divorced, a notarized copy of their divorce certificate
  • For a female, if she has been divorced for less than 300 days, she will require a medical certificate stating that she is not pregnant

The Actual Marriage

Once all of your paper work is in order, you will then apply for the marriage itself. In order to do so, you can go to one of two offices in Havana, Cuba, along with your future spouse and two witnesses who are not related to either of you. Your witnesses will need to bring with them documentation/identification that proves the following:

  • Their full names
  • Address
  • Identity document number, passport, and residency permit/tourist cards

At the end of it all and after several fees and stamps, you will obtain three copies of your marriage certificate. And voila, you are now husband and wife!

Get Us to Help!

The prospect of marriage in Cuba can be daunting due to the paperwork and processing involved. Which documents you will need to compile vary case by case and can be complicated and confusing. To ensure that you have everything you need prepared correctly, it is best to consult with an experienced authentication and legalization service professional. You can call our services to obtain professional consultation. We will help you prepare your documents from start to finish, so that your love-filled affair remains as simple and exciting as possible.

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United Arab Emirates: Canadian Document Preparation

If you’re seeking post-secondary education and/or are looking for opportunities for employment, chances are you already heard of United Arab Emirates. This country offers one of the highest quality education in the Middle East, and is currently a hotspot for anyone wishing to join their diverse workforce. As international interest grows, naturally, the UAE becomes more strict about who they accept into their country and who they don’t. Before your documents are considered valid in UAE, they must first go through authentication and legalization or document apostille. 

CANADIAN DOCUMENT APOSTILLE: AUTHENTICATION AND LEGALIZATION

What is “apostille”? And why must you do both authentication and legalization of your documents? This all due to the Hague agreement or Apostille Convention, which Canada hasn’t signed. Canadian documents need to go through two levels of authentication and legalization. This means that in order for your documents to be valid and usable in UAE, they need to be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada first, and then legalized at the consular section of the embassy of UAE in Ottawa. 

VALIDATING DOCUMENTS: FOR EDUCATION 

If you’re planning on studying in one of the prestigious universities in UAE, you will have to validate your Canadian university degree. Whether your degree is from the University of Toronto, McGill University or Queen’s University, such fine school’s transcripts and degrees can become targets of forgery. As such, the embassy is very meticulous with legalization. You must make sure that no discrepancies can be found between the documents submitted by you and your university.

The good news are that the signatures on the degrees are usually recognized by Global Affairs Canada. The degrees are then automatically ready to be authenticated by the GAC and legalized by the UAE’s consular section. Sometimes, certain degrees will require extra steps. In those cases, your university will need to provide some additional documents, such as transcripts or your academic files. This can be hard to keep track of when going through the process yourself, so we are here to help! If you’re in a hurry, we offer rush service, where you’ll get your documents authenticated and legalized in just 2 business days!

VALIDATING CANADIAN DOCUMENTS: FOR EMPLOYMENT  

When joining the United Arab Emirates workforce, there’s a difference between non-corporate documents and corporate documents. Non-corporate documents include “vital statistics”. They’re simply your birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates and death certificates. You will need the aforementioned if you’re planning to bring your family or spouse with you or if you need to declare single status. They will need to go through the process of authentication and legalization, too. However, there’s no need for notarization, as provincially issued vital statistics signatures are recognized by Global Affairs Canada.

NON-CORPORATE EMPLOYMENT

In addition to submitting your vital statistics, you might have to include a criminal record check. Our experts at LSC Canada recommend obtaining an RCMP police check instead of a local police issued one. An RCMP police check is always more thorough, as it’s based on fingerprints. It’s also globally recognized, including Global Affairs Canada, meaning that you don’t need to spend extra money on hiring a notary to notarize your local police check. This also saves you time, as the GAC may take up to 20 business days to process your documents. If you wish to speed the process along, we will be more than happy to oblige with our three different offered service times. Always double check to see if you have all the required documents!

Don’t forget to notarize any existing doctors notes or letters regarding prescription medication. Notarization is completed by a notary public or a lawyer. Only after you complete this step can you move onto authentication and legalization. 

CORPORATE EMPLOYMENT

The United Arab Emirates are an attractive venue for new or existing corporate businesses. Whether you’re partnering with a business in UAE or expanding your chain, this lush country offers much reward. The documents you need to get authenticated and legalized depend entirely on the requesting party. They may include powers of attorney, certificates of incorporation, various certificates such as SCC, CPP, GMP, ISO, certificates of incorporation, certificates of origins, commercial invoices, tax residency letters, permits, etc. In addition to the two-step authentication and legalization process, a lawyer or a notary public must validate your documents. Notarization is often a prerequisite for apostille. If you’re unsure about any of these steps, don’t hesitate to contact us and an agent will be with you shortly!

NEED HELP? WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

It can be difficult to keep track of all the demands of the UAE Embassy as a client! We understand more than anyone, especially if this is your first time having to authenticate and legalize your documents. Our experts at Legalization Service Centre Canada have more than 10 years of experience with document authentication and legalization. We’re always working tirelessly to ensure the easiest process for you! Our client’s 5 star reviews will assure you of our quality, reliable and fast service, and our solid interpersonal relations with each embassies and consulates in Ottawa and Canada will provide you further confidence.