GETTING MARRIED IN ONTARIO
Marriages are not performed at City Hall.
The Province of Ontario recognises two different kinds of marriage.
A religious marriage performed by a solemnizer authorized by the Ministry of Consumer and Business Relations. A licence is required from a municipality in Ontario that issues marriage licences or from the religious organization if a publication of bans is appropriate.
You must be at least 18 years old to be married in Ontario. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may marry if you have the written consent of both sets of parents in the proper form.
You must complete a Marriage Licence Application. Further details on obtaining a marriage licence can be found on the Marriage Licence Requirements page.
If you were divorced outside of Canada, you must obtain authorization from the Office of the Registrar General before you can be issued a marriage licence. For authorization, you must send the following documents to the address below:
2. A Statement of Sole Responsibility for each divorce signed by both applicants.
3. An original or court-certified copy (certified by the proper court officer in the jurisdiction the divorce or annulment was granted) of the divorce decree or annulment. If the decree is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by the translator.
4. A legal opinion from an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both applicants, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in the Province of Ontario. The Office of the Registrar General will fax a sample legal opinion letter to your lawyer if you call (807) 343-7568 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-461-2156.
After the marriage ceremony, the bride and groom receive a "Record of Solemnization of Marriage". This is not a certificate.
The solemnizer forwards documentation to the Office of the Registrar General for registration. Application for marriage certificate can be made upon registration or online.
Completed Marriage Certificate Application forms should be mailed to:
Business Hours for the Office of the Registrar General are Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.