How To Get Married In Canada

Looking for information on how to get married in Canada? It is actually very easy to get married in Canada. You simply need to obtain a marriage license, hire a person that is authorized to perform the marriage ceremony, and have at least two witnesses present during the ceremony. In some countries, it is necessary to undergo medical tests in order to get married, but that is not the case with Canada.

  1. Obtain A Marriage License. All persons that wish to get married in Canada must first obtain a marriage license. The regulations for obtaining marriage licenses vary by region, so you will need to contact the government in your region for further information. Generally speaking, you will need to prove to the government of your region that you are over the age of 18 by showing a birth certificate, passport and/or your driver's license. If you are trying to get married in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territory, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Quebec, Saskatchewan or the Yukon, and you were previously divorced, you will need to show proof of your divorce to obtain a marriage license. Both you and your partner must be present at the same time to obtain a marriage license in Canada.
  2. Waiting Period. If you are getting married in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Northwest Territory, Nunavut, Ontario or Prince Edward Island, there are no waiting periods between the issuance of your marriage license and your wedding ceremony. In Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, you must wait 24 hours after receiving your marriage license before you can have your ceremony. In Newfoundland and Labrador, it takes four days for you to receive your marriage license and you must wait another four days before having your ceremony. It takes five days to get a marriage license in Nova Scotia, but you can get married as soon as you have it. In Quebec, you must wait twenty days after receiving your marriage license before you can have your wedding ceremony.
  3. Hire Someone To Perform The Ceremony. Once you have been granted a marriage license, you are ready to hire someone to perform your marriage ceremony. If you are having a religious ceremony, the person must be registered under the Marriage Act to perform marriages for the religious body that you belong to. If you are having a civil ceremony, you will need to check with your region to see who is qualified to perform your marriage ceremony. In most regions, marriage commissioners and/or judges are available to perform marriage ceremonies.
  4. Witnesses. The final step in getting married in Canada is having at least two witnesses present at your ceremony. If you are in a rush to get married, you can usually find witnesses at the office where you obtained your marriage license. If you are having a large ceremony with friends and family, you won't have to worry about having enough witnesses present.
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