Consulate General of India, Toronto to issue the Life Certificates to the pensioners, here’s the procedure!

Written by Ragini Joshi

Published on : October 19, 2020 11:54




Consulate General of India to issue the Life Certificates to the pensioners

Consulate General of India, Toronto will be issuing the Life Certificates to the pensioners from
the Consulate. As per Office Memorandum of Department of Pension dated 11 September, those
pensioners who are above 80 years of age may apply and get their life certificates 1st October
onwards. Other Pensioners will be issued life certificates w.e.f. 1st November 2020.

LIFE CERTIFICATE IN PERSON AT CONSULATE – Life Certificates may also be taken
in person from the Consulate for which prior appointment is required to be taken from Consulate
at – reception.toronto@mea.gov.in

LIFE CERTIFICATE IN PERSON AT BLS – The Consulate will also be issuing life
certificate from BLS Brampton office ( 20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Brampton, ON L6X 5A5
) with effect from 19th October 2020 with prior appointments. Applicants are required to register
on the link (click here) for this purpose, which is also available on Consulate’s website.
Applicants will be informed by email of a particular time to visit BLS office or the Consulate to
get the Life Certificate issued. The documents required are – duly filled in updated application
form (click here) in duplicate; copy of passport; and proof of address. Applicants will be
required to bring these documents to the BLS office in Brampton. The service will be given on
the spot. Given the Covid situation, the need to maintain social distancing and face mask is to be
ensured. Consulate seeks the good cooperation of the public to serve you better. Hence, it is our
appeal to the public to ensure that the documents are complete while they are visiting the
respective offices and the time slot prescribed may also be adhered to.

LIFE CERTIFICATE BY POSTAL MEANS – The Life Certificate requests may be sent by
Post/Courier to the Consulate (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4) along with
required documents given below and self-addressed prepaid envelope for return of documents.
For postal applications, applicants are requested to provide local whatsapp number for video chat
for verification purpose.

DROP-OFF FACILITY – Consulate will also be providing a drop-off facility for Life
Certificates at – BLS Brampton ( 20 Gillingham Drive, Unit 701, Brampton, ON L6X 5A5) and
CGI, Toronto (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4 ) which may also be utilized by the
Pensioners to get the Life Certificate issued. The applicants will be required to drop-off, in a
sealed envelope, their duly filled in application forms (click here) in duplicate (providing local
whatsapp number for video chat) along with copy of the passport, proof of address and self
addressed pre-paid envelope of Canada Post or any courier company to facilitate return of the
service documents. Life Certificate will be issued only after verification of the applicant through
video chat.

CONSULAR CAMPS: As in the past, Consulate will also be organizing Consular Camps in
November – December 2020 for issuance of Life Certificates at various places under its Consular
jurisdiction. However, this will be completely depending on the evolving Covid-19 situation and
the norms prescribed by the Ontario Health Associations. The announcement of such Consular
Camps will be made in due course.

Please note that no fee is charged by the Consulate for issuance of Life Certificate. If anybody
comes across any instance of fee being charged, such incident should be brought to our notice at
cons.toronto@mea.gov.in.

Documents required to be submitted:
– Duly filled in application form (Click here)– To be submitted in duplicate.
– Valid Indian/Canadian passport
– Copy of the first and last page of Indian passport or copy of first page of Canadian
passport, as applicable
– Address proof: Copy of driving license or utility bill or any other document issued by
Canadian Government which shows the residential address of the applicant
– Self addressed prepaid envelope for return of serviced document by the Consulate
– Fee: Gratis

Where to Submit:
Consulate General of India
365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4

Note:
1. Since the Life Certificate is a document which proves that the person is alive, physical
verification is important. Hence, applicant should come in person to the Consulate/ Consular
camp, unless it has been agreed to do the verification remotely through video chat, etc. for
which the applicant should provide his/her mobile number (with whatsapp) to the Consulate.
2. Consulate will not issue any other certificate, namely, re-employment or re-marriage, as these
are paid services and should be applied for separately at the Consulate, if needed by the
applicant.

Processing Time:
At Consular camps/in person at BLS and Consulate: On the spot / Same day
Drop-off / Postal applications – : 2-3 working days (excluding time taken in post)