Like all professional orders, the Chambre des notaires du Québec is subject to the provisions of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Professional Code in relation to access to information and protection of personal information.
The main effect of these provisions is to make the documents that the Chambre des notaires du Québec holds for the purpose of supervising the practice of the profession available to the public, to the extent provided by law. They also have the effect, again to the extent provided by law, of protecting the personal information held by the Order.
Several documents related to the supervision of the practice of the profession are available on the website of the Chambre des notaires du Québec, in particular:
Note that the Chambre des notaires does not hold any notarial deeds. Deeds executed by notaries are not sent to the Chambre, instead notaries keep the deeds in their own records and only report the existence of testamentary dispositions and protection mandates to the appropriate registers. If you would like to search for a will or protection mandate, we invite you to read the relevant procedure.
Depending on the situation, deeds can also be kept by a provisional custodian, an assignee or the Superior Court.