Managing Electronic Documents in Canada

As a customer in Canada, you can receive electronic documents directly into Continia Document Capture via email attachments.

Canada is currently working towards supporting electronic invoicing and is recommending that invoices be sent based on the UBL standard, which is considered the national standard. This standard is also the basis for Peppol BIS 3.0. Despite the absence of any legislation enforcing UBL or Peppol BIS 3.0, there are a few Canadian Peppol access points available. Efforts have been made to create a common platform and specification covering Mexico, the United States, and Canada, but no updates have been communicated for more than 5 years. Canada is part of the American DBNAlliance. Canada is part of the DBNAlliance, a North American partnership. See the United States article for more information.

The table below outlines the current regulatory states and future outlooks for B2G, B2B, and B2C (business-to-consumer) sectors.

Transaction TypeCurrent Regulatory StateRegulatory Outlook
B2GNo legislation in place

Possibility to send electronic invoicing documents in UBL format, but the method of delivery is not specified.

Checkmark Supported by Document Capture.1
No changes are expected.
B2BNo legislation is in place.

To exchange electronic invoices between two parties, the exchange method and format must be agreed among them.

Checkmark Supported by Document Capture.2
Checkmark Supported by Document Output.3
No changes are expected.
B2CNo legislation is in place.No changes are expected.

  1. UBL format can be received by email and imported to Document Capture .
  2. Canadian companies can choose to register in Peppol eDelivery Network and send and receive in Peppol BIS 3.0 format.
  3. Can send PDF files directly to the receiver or Peppol BIS 3.0 XML through Peppol eDelivery if agreed between the sending and receiving party.