To be married in the Province of Ontario you must first obtain a Marriage Licence.
When completing the application form, state all given names. Both persons must complete the marriage licence application and sign the form.
Before issuing a marriage licence, proof of legal name of each applicant is required. The Province of Ontario requires that current photo identification, as well as one of the following original documents be provided by each applicant when applying for a marriage licence:
There is further information on identification requirements and information about previous divorces if applicable contained within the links below.
A marriage licence is good for any ceremony within the Province of Ontario and it is good for up to 90 days and the cost is $125.00.
Canadian Divorce: If you were divorced in Canada, you must provide the original or a court-certified copy (photocopies not accepted) of your Certificate of Divorce, or Decree Absolute. A certified copy of your Certificate of Divorce may be obtained from the court office that granted the divorce. Please note that a Judgment or Divorce Order issued by the Court is not acceptable proof of divorce.
Foreign Divorce: If you were divorced, or your marriage was dissolved or annulled outside of Canada, additional forms are required.
Note: You will forward the completed information to the Office of the Registrar General, 189 Red River Road, PO Box 3000, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5W0. This process could take up to 4 weeks to complete. You must get authorization from the Office of the Registrar General before a marriage licence can be issued to you.
If your marriage ceremony took place outside of Ontario, your marriage is not registered in Ontario. Your marriage will be registered in the jurisdiction where the marriage licence was issued. If you require a Marriage Certificate to prove you are married you will have to contact the Office which issued your licence. The Office of the Registrar General located in Thunder Bay will not have any record of this marriage.
You can apply for a marriage certificate 6-8 weeks after your wedding. This form must be sent to the Office of the Registrar General in Thunder Bay and may take several weeks to obtain. You may also apply online at Service Ontario.
The City of Stratford offers Civil Wedding Ceremonies at City Hall located in the heart of Stratford's Heritage Conservation District.
The Council Chamber is available by appointment for ceremonies which are conducted by the City or Deputy City Clerk. Ceremonies are conducted in the Council Chamber - Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. excluding holidays. Ceremonies cost $300.00 and you can pay by cash, debit or credit card.
The Council Chamber is accessible by elevator.