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.
UECA and PIPEDA state that eSignatures are permissible and hold the same status as pen and paper signatures.
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:
eSignatures are not recommended for: