To follow is an overview of the regulations around becoming a licensed officiant in Ontario:

Getting Married in Ontario  List of the government documents you need if you plan to get married in Ontario and what you need to do if you are a marriage officiant.

Marriage Act of Ontario Link to the Marriage Act of Ontario, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.3.

List Of Registered Marriage Officiants An up-to-date list of all marriage officiants legally registered to solemnize marriages in the Province of Ontario.


Registered Marriage Officiants

The following persons, duly registered with the Office of the Registrar General as a marriage officiant under the Marriage Act, can perform a marriage in Ontario:

  • a person duly recognized by their religious body as entitled to perform religious marriages in Ontario.
  • a person who belongs to and is duly recognized as entitled to perform marriages by a band, First Nation, Métis or Inuit organization, community or Indigenous entity located in whole or in part in Ontario.

Civil Marriage Officiants

The following persons can perform civil marriages in Ontario:

  • a municipal clerk and/or their delegate
  • a judge, Ontario associate judge or an Ontario justice of the peace.

Contact a local city hall, town hall or municipal office to find out if they provide civil marriage services.

Guide For Marriage Officiants

It is the responsibility of every registered or civil marriage officiant to ensure marriages are performed according to the requirements under Ontario’s Marriage Act and other applicable laws.

The Marriage Officiant’s Guide to Performing Marriage Ceremonies in Ontario will help you make sure you are prepared and aware of your responsibilities, including:

  • what to do before, during, and immediately after the marriage ceremony
  • your information management and record-keeping responsibilities
  • the laws you must adhere to

 Marriage Officiant’s Guide to Performing Marriage Ceremonies in Ontario


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