About guarantors

Find out about guarantors, their role and responsibilities, which situations require a guarantor and who can act as a guarantor.

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What is a guarantor?

A guarantor is a person who can confirm your identity when you are applying for Indian status or a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (secure status card) as an adult or as the parent or legal guardian of a child or dependent adult.

Which situations require a guarantor?

A guarantor is needed when you are:

Who can act as guarantor?

The guarantor must:

A family member or a person living at the same address as you may act as guarantor if they meet the above conditions.

A parent or legal guardian applying for Indian status or a secure status card on behalf of a child or dependent adult cannot act as the guarantor for the child or dependent adult.

Eligible occupations

Profession Occupation
Elected or appointed official
  • Band chief
  • Band councillor
  • Band sub-chief
  • Chair or equivalent of a regional municipality or urban community
  • City, municipal, township, county or deputy clerk
  • Commissioner of Nunavut
  • Commissioner of the North West Territories
  • Commissioner of Yukon
  • Indian Registration Administrator
  • Mayor
  • Member of Parliament (MP, MPP, MLA, MHA)
  • Member of Privy Council who is also a former federal cabinet minister
  • Member of a council (for example, councillor)
  • Reeve (for example, township, county)
  • Senator
  • Warden
Judge
Magistrate
Police (RCMP, provincial, territorial, municipal or First Nations)
  • Band constable
  • Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway and Ports Canada police officer
  • Chief justice
  • Court of Citizenship judge
  • Justice
  • Justice of the peace
  • New Brunswick sheriff and deputy sheriff
  • Niagara Parks Commission police officer
  • Parole officer
  • Peacekeeper
  • Peace officer
  • Police commissioner
  • Probation officer
  • Provincial or territorial agency traffic police officer
  • Tax court judge
Lawyer
Notary (Quebec)
Notary public
  • Barrister
  • Commissioner of oaths with a provincial or territorial appointment
  • Prothonotary of the judicial district of Québec
  • Queen's Counsel
  • Solicitor
Medical professional
  • Cardiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Dermatologist
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • General practitioner
  • Gynecologist
  • Intern
  • Neurologist
  • Obstetrician
  • Oculist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthodontist
  • Orthopedic surgeon
  • Pathologist
  • Pediatrician
  • Periodontist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Radiologist
  • Registered nurse
  • Registered nurse practitioner
  • Registered practical nurse
  • Surgeon
  • Urologist
  • Veterinarian
Minister of religion
  • Minister of religion licensed under provincial or territorial law to perform marriages
Social worker
  • Registered social service worker
  • Registered social worker
Senior university, college or administrative position
Trade schools and other schools under federal and provincial or territorial government administration
  • Assistant professor at a university
  • Associate professor
  • Bursar
  • Chancellor
  • Dean
  • Director of a board of education
  • Director of a school board
  • Head of a department
  • Inspector or administrator
  • Principal of a primary or secondary school
  • Principal of a school of nursing
  • Principal or assistant head of a community college or CEGEP or of one of their campuses
  • Professor
  • Rector
  • Registrar
  • School superintendent
  • Superintendent of education
  • Teacher (primary or secondary school)
  • Vice chancellor
  • Vice principal or assistant principal of a primary or secondary school
Postmaster
  • Assistant postmaster
Professional accountant
  • Accredited public accountant (APA)
  • Certified Aboriginal financial manager
  • Certified general accountant (CGA)
  • Certified management accountant (CMA)
  • Chartered accountant (CA)
  • Professional accountant (PA)
  • Registered professional accountant
  • Registered public accountant (RPA)
Professional engineer (P.Eng.) (ing., in Quebec)
  • ASTTBC-certified applied science technologist and technician
  • Professional geoscientist
INAC appointed position
  • Indian Registrar
  • Deputy Registrar
Military personnel

Accepted for regular members and their dependents only:

  • Base commander
  • Commanding officer
  • Personnel administrative officer
  • National Defence Headquarters director general, director, career manager and all ranks of Military Police

If the applicant is known for less than two years, any other commissioned officer of the Regular Forces with access to service records may act as a guarantor. In this case, the guarantor must specify that you are known from documents or records of service.

What is required of a guarantor?

Guarantors must perform the following tasks, as needed:

Guarantors must:

If your guarantor needs help, please contact INAC Public Enquiries.

If you can't find a guarantor

If you can't find a guarantor, you must complete and submit a statuary declaration in lieu of guarantor (PDF, print only, 172 Kb, 2 pages; PDF, fillable/saveable, 102 Kb, 2 pages) and provide two references that are not related to you. The statutory declaration in lieu of guarantor must be completed before a commissioner of oaths, notary public or lawyer.

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