Marriages and oaths

You can get a marriage licence and have a civil ceremony at city hall. See below for application, fee and location details. Find information on commission of oaths.

Marriage licences

We issue licences for people getting married in Ontario. A licence is valid anywhere in the province for 90 days. There is no waiting period between getting a licence and your date of marriage.

Visit the Ontario website for full regulations on marriage and to order your marriage certificate.

Application process

  1. Complete and print an online marriage licence application. Hard copies available at city hall if needed.
  2. Both parties must sign the printed form.
  3. One or both parties must submit the form in person at the legislative services counter in city hall, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  4. Bring ID and supporting documents for both parties. If only one person is present, documents for the absent party are still required. Complete applications will be processed in 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. The fee is $149. We accept cash or debit.

Supporting documents 

Two pieces of identification must be provided for both individuals. Expired or photocopied identification is not acceptable.

Ontario health cards and social insurance number (SIN) cards are not acceptable forms of identification to obtain a marriage licence.

Any two of the following pieces of identification are accepted, provided at least one contains a current photo and signature:

  • Birth certificate
  • Valid passport
  • Valid driver's licence
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Canadian government refugee travel document
  • United States green card
  • Native status card
  • Permanent residency card or record of immigrant landing
  • Ontario photo card
  • Citizenship card from any country

Documents in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator.

Divorced applicants

If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled in Canada, the original or court certified copy (not photocopies) of the decree absolute or certificate of divorce must be presented with the completed application.

A decree nisi, divorce order or divorce judgment is not acceptable proof of divorce.

If a divorce was granted outside Canada, additional documentation must be provided and it may take four weeks or longer to obtain a marriage licence. The necessary forms are available at city clerk's office.

Age of consent

You need to be at least 16 years old to get married in Ontario.

Under 18 years old: you will need written consent from both your parents. You can get consent forms from the same office as a marriage licence.

Widows and widowers

If you are a widow or widower, proof of death of your former spouse is not required. 

Civil ceremonies at city hall

 Ceremony requirements

  • both parties must be present
  • must have a valid Ontario marriage licence (see above)
  • must have two 18+ witnesses
  • we can provide witnesses for $25/each 
  • cost is $150 (we accept cash or debit)
  • as of January 1, 2020 the cost will be $170 for a marriage ceremony or $300 for a marriage ceremony and a marriage licence
  • must provide their own interpreter if one or both applicants do not speak and/or understand English or require sign language interpretation
  • interpreter cannot be one of the witnesses
  • interpreter is required to sign a form confirming that wedding ceremony has been represented accurately

 Booking a ceremony

  • we offer civil ceremonies Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • ceremonies will be held at city hall in council chambers, a meeting room or outside
  • we offer one basic ceremony script
  • appointments are encouraged but we accept walk-ins when possible
  • for bookings within 24 hours, call 519-747-8777
  • your booking is not confirmed until we contact you

Book ceremony online

Commissioner of oaths

The Commissioner for taking Affidavits Act allows city employees to take declarations and administer oaths. This is not the same as a notary public. A commissioner only has the authority to administer oaths and take affidavits.

For more information about commissioner of oath and notary public visit the Ministry of Attorney General website.

Requirements for declarations and oaths

In order for us to commission a document, you must:
  • bring a current government issued photo identification with a signature on it
  • sign documents in the presence of the commissioner
  • understand that the commissioner has the right to refuse commissioning services of any document upon meeting their specification 

Documents that the city can commission 

For documents not included on this list, please contact a notary public.

  • appointment of special constable

  • affidavit for lost outdoors card

  • amendment to Birth/Death/Marriage Certificate

  • delayed statement of live birth

  • immunization exemption forms

  • domestic and foreign pension documents, proof of life

  • proof of residency, owner/tenant letters

  • statutory declaration by a person for change of sex designation

  • Canadian citizenship form(s)

  • statutory declaration of lost identification, must include police report number

  • sworn statement for the transfer of a used motor vehicle in the province of Ontario

  • affidavits for Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal

  • statements for statutory declaration for Ontario Students Assistant Program (OSAP) of common-law status and supporting children

  • statutory declaration of theft of a HST cheque or federal cheque

  • affidavit of unregistered vehicle such as boards, motorcycles, snowmobiles, trailers etc.

  • statutory declaration for motor vehicle deals compensation fund

Documents that the city can't commission 

  • notary public documents

  • estate settlement documents, wills, certificate of appointment of estate trustee without a will

  • divorce, separation marriage or cohabitation agreements

  • litigation guardian affidavit

  • power of attorney

  • mining claim forms or transfers for the province

  • transferring of un-patented mining claims

  • exposure device operator

  • custody documents

  • documents involving debts such as bankruptcy

  • real estate related documents

  • court, legal or civil issue related documents

  • declaration of claimant and indemnity and replacement of shares

  • statutory declaration of progress payment holdback security deposit

  • statement of arrears

  • tender documents

  • declaration of translator

  • age of majority or BYID card application

  • certified true copies

  • Ontario mortgage corporation documents

  • travel affidavit

  • affidavit of lost cheque