The Township of Whitewater Region does not issue licenses.
Couples may have a civil wedding ceremony performed by the Town Clerk.
Prior to a wedding ceremony, a meeting with the Clerk is a requirement in order to ensure an understanding of the ceremony by both participants. A meeting with the Clerk may be arranged in advance by the scheduling of an appointment. Scheduling of a civil marriage in Council Chambers must be made with the Clerk or designate at least two (2) weeks prior to the intended date for the ceremony. Ceremonies can be performed, Monday to Friday, during regular office hours. Please note that dates and times for a wedding ceremony are limited due to other work related commitments by the Town Clerk.
The cost of a wedding ceremony is currently $200.00 payable in advance to the Township of Whitewater Region. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of scheduling. For an appointment or for further information, please contact Carmen Miller, Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-646-2282.
Please see the Marriage Solemnization Guidelines for more information.
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 where you get a marriage licence.
Types of marriage
To ensure that your marriage is performed properly and legally, an authorized official needs to marry you. There are 2 types of marriage ceremonies performed in Ontario:
Religious marriage: a recognized religious official marries you. Check the religious marriage officiants list to ensure that the officiant you are interested in hiring is authorized to perform a marriage in Ontario.
Civil marriage: a judge, justice of the peace or authorized municipal clerk marries you, often at a local municipal office or city hall.
Forms you need before you marry
Before you get married, you need either:
Banns cannot be published if you or your spouse has been married before. You will need to get a marriage licence.
You and your spouse, witnesses and the person who performed the marriage will need to sign the licence or banns immediately after the ceremony.
How to get a marriage licence
To get a marriage licence, you will need to:
Please check the municipality’s website to ensure you have all of the information required to purchase a marriage licence.
A marriage licence is valid for 90 days from the date it was issued.
Get a marriage certificate
A marriage certificate is the legal record of a marriage. It lists the date and place of the marriage, and names of the people who were married.
You need this document to:
A Record of Solemnization of Marriage is not the same thing as a marriage certificate.
Before you can get a marriage certificate, a marriage needs to be registered.
The official who performed the marriage will do this by sending a complete and signed marriage licence to ServiceOntario.
Change a name after marriage
When you get married, you don’t have to legally change your last name (surname). But if you choose to legally change your last name, you can do so through ServiceOntario.
Remarry after a divorce
Divorced in Canada
You will need to bring official proof of the divorce with you when you apply for a marriage licence. This can be the original or a court-certified copy of one of three documents:
If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The government needs to validate these documents. This process can take up to 4 weeks.
You will need to send the following documents to ServiceOntario:
Note: Completed Foreign Divorce Authorizations are sent to applicants by courier. It is important that your full mailing address including suite/unit/apartment and buzzer number is included on the marriage licence application form, or the courier package cannot be delivered and returned to ServiceOntario.
Please mail these documents directly to:
PO Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay ON P7B 6L8
You can also contact this office to have a sample legal opinion letter faxed to your lawyer.
For more information: call 1-800-461-2156 (toll-free).