As I personally will be on the island for more extended periods, in the event I need something notarized, as a Canadian will I be required to have this taken care of in Cancun? (there is no Canadian consulate in Cozumel).
Hi, Valli. You'd only need a Canadian notary if you need a Canadian doc notarized, which is unlikely to happen down here especially if you're not receiving your Canadian mail. Unless you can find a person to courier, it's both a risk and a PIA to move original documents from Canada to MX and back to Canada. If you think you'll need docs notarized while you're traveling, the best thing to do is to set up a limited power of attorney so that someone you know in Canada can sign for you and have his/her signature notarized. In many states in the USA, lawyers are -- by default -- notaries. Is it the same in Canada? If so, you can set something up with your personal attorney if you have one.
Since I've lived here, I've had to have my signature notarized several times as sponsor of a living trust in the USA and once for a property settlement. Each time, the documents arrived here from the law firms as emailed PDFs. I printed, signed, photographed, and emailed back the photo together with photos of my driver's license and passport as proof of identity. Based on this, the lawyers were comfortable enough to notarize without meeting me face to face. While the final decision in all cases were the notary's, there are ways to get it done if you're creative!