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My client is acting on behalf of a third party located in Canada. I will not be meeting that third party in person. How do I verify the identity of this third party?

You may verify the identity of the third party in the same way that you would verify the identity of any client in Canada. If the third party is an organization, you may rely on documents to verify its identity. To verify the identity of an individual (or an individual providing instructions on behalf of an organization) you will have to use either the credit file method or the dual process method since you will not be meeting with the individual in person.

Alternatively, you may arrange for an agent to take the necessary steps to verify the third party’s identity. The agent may use any of the three methods: government-issued photo ID, credit file or dual process.