Most common questions
Here are 10 frequently asked questions (FAQs) and their answers about getting married in Ontario, Canada:
1. How do I obtain a marriage license in Ontario?
To obtain a marriage license in Ontario, you and your partner must visit a municipal office together. You’ll need to provide identification, pay a fee, and complete an application form.
2. Is there a waiting period for a marriage license in Ontario?
Yes, there is a 10-day waiting period from the date of application to the date the license becomes valid. However, this waiting period can be waived under certain circumstances.
3. Can I get married anywhere in Ontario, or do I have to marry in my home municipality?
You can get married anywhere in Ontario. You’re not restricted to marrying in your home municipality.
4. What are the minimum age requirements for getting married in Ontario?
In Ontario, the minimum age to get married without parental consent is 16. If you are under 18, additional requirements and parental consent may apply.
5. Do we both need to be present to apply for a marriage license in Ontario?
Yes, both individuals must be present to apply for a marriage license in Ontario.
6. How long is a marriage license valid in Ontario?
A marriage license in Ontario is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. If you do not get married within this period, you will need to apply for a new license.
7. Can we bring witnesses to the municipal office when applying for a marriage license?
Witnesses are not required when applying for a marriage license in Ontario. However, you will need two witnesses at your wedding ceremony.
8. Who can perform a wedding ceremony in Ontario?
A wedding ceremony in Ontario can be performed by a registered officiant, such as a judge, justice of the peace, or a religious clergy member authorized to solemnize marriages.
9. What should we do if we want to include cultural or religious traditions in our wedding ceremony?
Discuss your desires with your chosen officiant. They can work with you to incorporate cultural or religious elements into your ceremony, respecting your traditions.
10. How do we obtain a marriage certificate after our wedding in Ontario?
After your wedding, your officiant will send your marriage license to the Office of the Registrar General. You can then apply for a marriage certificate through the government’s official website or by mail, and there is a separate fee for this document.
Please note that these answers provide general information about getting married in Ontario. It’s advisable to contact your local municipal office or the Ontario government’s official website for the most up-to-date and specific information related to your wedding plans.