About guarantors

Find out what you need to know about guarantors and what to do if you can't find one.

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What is a guarantor

A guarantor is a person who can confirm your identity when you are applying for registration under the Indian Act or a status card as an adult or as the parent or legal guardian of a child or dependent adult.

When do you need a guarantor

You need a guarantor if you are:

Who can act as guarantor

The person acting as guarantor must:

A family member can only act as guarantor if they meet those conditions.

A parent or legal guardian cannot act as guarantor when applying on behalf of a child or dependent adult.

What is required of a guarantor

The person acting as guarantor must perform these tasks, free of charge:

If you or the person acting as guarantor have questions, contact Public enquiries.

If you can't find a guarantor

If you can't find a guarantor, you must provide 2 references and complete a statutory declaration in lieu of guarantor (form 83-170).

You must sign this form in the presence of a person authorized by law to administer oaths and declarations, for example, a:

Who can act as a reference

A person acting as a reference must:

What is required of a reference

One person acting as a reference must perform these tasks, free of charge:

Either person acting as reference can perform those tasks.

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