Marriage Services - Civil Wedding Ceremonies and Marriage Officiants

Site: Halton Region

Record #: BTN4901
Last Full Update: 21 Aug 2023

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 

  • for additional information, including age minimums and forms, see Government of Ontario website here


Who Can Perform a Marriage in Ontario: 

Only those authorized under Ontario’s Marriage Act can perform a marriage as a marriage officiant

There are two categories of marriage officiants in Ontario:

Registered marriage officiants:

  • a person duly recognized by their religious body as entitled to perform religious marriages in Ontario
  • a person who belongs to, and is duly recognized as entitled to perform marriages by a band, First Nation, Métis or Inuit organization or community or Indigenous entity located in whole or in part in Ontario
  • to see if a person is registered with the Office of the Registrar General, see Government of Ontario website here

Civil marriage officiants:  

  • a municipal clerk and/or their delegate authorized to perform civil marriages in Ontario
  • a judge
  • an Ontario associate judge
  • an Ontario justice of the peace 


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
  • a marriage licence is valid for 3 months from the date it was issued 


Civil Ceremonies at Municipal Offices (Town and City Halls): 
Only some municipal offices perform civil marriage ceremonies


Vary by program

Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program

Varies by program

Languages English
Fees Service

Site Information

Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable

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Service Categories Wedding Related Services

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