Marriage Services - Civil Wedding Ceremonies and Marriage Officiants

Site: Halton

Agency Information
Legal Status (30) Provincial Government
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) This listing gives an overview of laws related to celebrants for marriage services, and how to find officiants and civil wedding services. 
Marriages in Ontario are valid only if performed by a person licensed as an officiant by the Ontario Office of the Registrar General  
* advertising as a marriage/wedding officiant does not guarantee that an officiant is licensed in Ontario, to confirm whether the person is licensed, see below. 
1. Religious Officiants 
* must be a representative of a recognized religious body 
* some may also perform non-denominational or secular ceremonies if asked.  
The Government of Ontario posts a list of licensed religious officiants, see here
2. Secular Officiants 
* only a judge, Justice of the Peace or authorized municipal clerk may be licensed as a secular wedding officiant 
* many do not perform civil marriage ceremonies, do not contact an Ontario court to find a secular officiant 
* if you find a secular wedding officiant advertised or in an online or other directory, you should ensure they are licensed in Ontario by contacting the Office of the Registrar General (for contact information see separate listing here)  
* the Government of Ontario does not publish an online list of licensed secular officiants. 
3. Civil ceremonies at municipal offices (Town and City Halls) 
* Only some municipal offices perform civil marriage ceremonies 
* in the Halton area, these include Oakville (see here), Mississauga (see here) and Toronto (see here
* municipal offices in Burlington, Hamilton, Milton or Halton Hills do not perform civil marriage ceremonies, however they can issue marriage licences. 
Can be purchased from all City Halls, Town Halls or municipal offices 
* for information on required documentation, see Government of Ontario website here, or contact local municipal offices. 
For additional information on age, types of marriages, forms, etc. see Government of Ontario website here
Hours Vary by program
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program
Application Varies by program
Languages English
Fees Service
Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
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Service Categories Wedding Related Services

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