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 For further information on getting married in Ontario please visit www.ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried

 


 

Before you get married…

You need to check that the person performing your marriage ceremony is an authorized official.  It is important to ensure that your marriage is performed properly and legally.

Find out if the person performing your marriage is an authorized official by checking online at www.ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried or by calling ServiceOntario at 1-800-461-2156 or 416-325-8305.

Please note:  the City of Welland Clerk and approved designates are authorized officials (please refer to section “Getting Married at City Hall” for further detail).

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Who may marry?

Any person who is at least 18 years of age may marry.  Any person who is 16 or 17 years of age may marry with the written consent of his/her legal guardian(s).  A consent form is available in the Clerk’s Office for this purpose.  No person under 16 years of age may marry

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Who needs a Marriage Licence?

Any couple that is getting married in the Province of Ontario and is not having their banns published by their Church must obtain a Marriage Licence.

If both parties to the marriage Worship regularly at their own Church in Canada, their marriage may be solemnized under the authority of the publication of banns.

No one may marry under the authority of the publication of banns if there was a previous marriage (dissolved or annulled).  

You may obtain further information concerning the publication of banns from a Minister or a Member of the Clergy.

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How do I obtain a Marriage Licence?

A Marriage Licence Application may be obtained in the Clerk’s Office at the Civic Square during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) or at www.ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried.

Marriage Licences are issued between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Once the Application is completed and signed by both parties the couple must apply in person for the Marriage Licence in the Clerk’s Division.  Either the bride or groom or both parties may apply for the Licence.  Two pieces of identification being either an original Birth Certificate or valid *passport along with government issued picture identification (e.g. driver's licence) are required for both parties; also,

If one or both parties have been previously married and the marriage was dissolved or annulled in Canada, the original or a Court-certified copy of the final Certificate of Divorce or Certificate annulling the marriage must be presented to the issuer of the Marriage Licence in the Clerk’s Office.  An original Certificate of Divorce may be obtained and purchased from the Court Office in the City the divorce was granted.  If the marriage was dissolved or annulled outside of Canada, you must obtain authorization by the Ministry of Government Services before a Marriage Licence can be issued (see section “What if one or both parties have been previously married?”).

* Important:  increasingly we are noticing that passports do not always contain full given names (first and middle names); therefore, please be aware that for full given name to be recorded on the marriage licence, either a birth certificate or passport containing your full given name must be presented as identification.  If you have questions regarding whether or not your identification will be acceptable for use in having your marriage licence issued, please do not hesitate to contact us at 905-735-1700 ext. 2155 or 2154.

The Marriage Licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario.  The Licence expires 3 months after the date of issue if the marriage does not take place.

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How long does it take to get a Marriage Licence?

It takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes to have a Marriage Licence issued. Your Application is reviewed and the Birth Certificates or passports, picture identification, as well as, any applicable Certificates of Divorce must be presented to the Clerk who is issuing the Marriage Licence.  There is no waiting period once the Marriage Licence has been obtained.  However, you should not attempt to acquire the Marriage Licence at the last minute in case all the required information is not presented to the Clerk’s Office thus preventing the Licence from being issued.

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What if one or both parties have been previously married?

If the marriage was dissolved or annulled in Canada, the original or a Court-certified copy of the final Certificate of Divorce or Certificate annulling the marriage must be presented to the issuer of the Marriage Licence in the Clerk’s Office.  An original Certificate of Divorce may be obtained and purchased from the Court Office in the City the divorce was granted.

If the marriage was dissolved or annulled outside of Canada, you must obtain authorization by the Ministry of Government Services before a Marriage Licence can be issued.

The Applicant whose former marriage was dissolved or annulled other than in Canada must obtain authorization by submitting the following documents to:

The Office of the Registrar General
P.O. Box 3000
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, ON   P7B 5W0

  1. A completed Marriage Licence Application form signed by both Applicants.
  2. The original or a court certified copy of the Decree of Divorce or Annulment (certified by the proper Court Officer in the jurisdiction the divorce or annulment was granted). If the document is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by the translator.
  3. A Statement of Sole Responsibility for each divorce signed by both Applicants.  This form is available in the Clerk’s Office.
  4. A legal opinion of an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both applicants, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in the Province of Ontario. A sample legal opinion letter can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar General by calling 1-807-343-7492 or toll free in Ontario at 1-800-461-2156. A sample letter will be faxed to your lawyer upon the lawyer's request.

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What is the fee for a Marriage Licence?

In the City of Welland the current fee for a Marriage Licence is $125.00.  This fee may be paid by cash, certified cheque, money order or Interac. Personal cheques cannot be accepted.

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Marriage Ceremonies


Who can perform marriages?

A civil marriage may be performed by an Ontario judge, justice of the peace or a municipal clerk under the authority of a marriage licence. Each municipality will set its own fees and can even offer civil marriage services. The City of Welland Clerk and approved designates are authorized officials (please refer to section “Getting married at City Hall” for further detail).

A religious marriage is performed by an official of a recognized religion who has received authorization from the Office of the Registrar General to perform marriages in Ontario.  Find out if the person performing your marriage is an authorized official by checking online at www.ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried or by calling ServiceOntario at 1-800-461-2156 or 416-325-8305.

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Getting Married at City Hall

You can now exchange your wedding vows at Welland Civic Square. A simple, civil marriage ceremony can be conducted by the **City Clerk - or designate - in an available Civic Square location (Council Chambers on the 2nd floor or the Community Room on the 1st floor); Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Due to the civil nature of the service, the Clerk has no authority to perform ceremonies of a religious nature.

We can perform same day service, however, we suggest that you prearrange a date to discuss and personalize your ceremony.  To make arrangements or receive information regarding requirements prior to your Civil Service please contact us at clerk@welland.ca or 905-735-1700 ext. 2155

Fees
Civil marriage ceremony: $225.00, taxes included
Room rental: $75.00, taxes included
Marriage licence:  $125.00, taxes included (cash, debit, money order, certified cheque).

By prior arrangement only, ceremonies can be held at another location; you can make arrangements with the City Clerk or designate for the date, time, and location for your ceremony as well as the fee for traveling off-site.

All fees must be received prior to the Civil Marriage Ceremony.

** Changes to the Marriage Act now allow couples to exchange wedding vows before the Clerk of the City of Welland - or qualified designate - in compliance with the requirements of the Ministry of Government Services. A civil marriage ceremony previously required solemnization by a Judge or Justice-of-the-Peace.

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Same-Sex Marriages

The City Clerk or designate is available to perform a same-sex civil ceremony.  Please refer to “Getting Married at City Hall’ for further detail.

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How do I find out if the person performing my marriage ceremony is an authorized official?

You need to check that the person performing your marriage ceremony is an authorized official.  It is important to ensure that your marriage is performed properly and legally.

Find out if the person performing your marriage is an authorized official by checking online at www.ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried or by calling ServiceOntario at 1-800-461-2156 or 416-325-8305.

Please note:  the City of Welland Clerk and approved designates are authorized officials (please refer to section “Getting Married at City Hall” for further detail).

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           CLERK'S DIVISION
            PHONE NUMBERS

General Inquiries
          905-735-1700 ext. 0

Communications; Council & Legislative Services; FOI; Municipal Elections
          905-735-1700 ext. 2280

Birth & Death Certificates; Marriage Licences
          905-735-1700 ext. 2154

Special Occasion Permits; City By-laws; Local Improvements
          905-735-1700 ext. 2155

Council Meeting Information
          905-735-1700 ext. 2152

Lottery Licenses
          905-735-1700 ext. 2153

Parking Violation Inquiries
          905-735-1700 ext. 2155


   or email: clerk@welland.ca