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Marriage Services

COVID-19 Update: Due to various health regulations, if you have scheduled a marriage ceremony, and you do not currently have a marriage licence, you may have to:

  • Postpone your marriage ceremony to a later date
  • Make alternate arrangements with your officiant
    • Please note: as of June 12, 2020 the Ontario Government is currently restricting public gatherings (including weddings) of more than 10 individuals, and this may make it difficult to host a wedding celebration during these restrictions.
  • Contact City Hall to make alternate arrangements (see below) or to reschedule existing marriage licence appointments, or marriage ceremonies at City Hall.

Getting married is an exciting and important part to a future together with your spouse.

There are 3 important steps to review before getting married:

  1. Getting a Marriage Licence
  2. Getting Married (Your Ceremony)
  3. Getting your Marriage Certificate after the Ceremony

Kawartha Lakes is pleased to assist you by providing information about the following Marriage Serivces:

 Marriage Licences During COVID-19 Pandemic - Limited Issuing of Licences

Please read all instructions carefully, as they differ from our typical Marriage Licence Appointments and require a number of documents to be scanned and emailed to the City Clerk’s Office in advance of an in-person appointment.

To ensure physical distancing, and local health regulations, Marriage Licences are issued by appointments on Fridays only at 37 Lindsay Street South. To arrange for an appointment for a marriage licence, contact the Office of the City Clerk at 705-324-9411 ext. 1342. Please be advised that no walk-in marriage licences will be issued.

Please note the following prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • There is a fee of $135.00 for a Marriage Licence and must be paid by Credit Card prior to the appointment. Payment will be taken over the phone with staff once all material has been received prior to your appointment.
  • You must have pre-arranged for a ceremony with a registered officiant in the Province of Ontario. You must know:
    • when is your intended date for the ceremony; 
    • where is your intended location for the ceremony; and
    • who will marry you (your officiant)
      • If you do not have an officiant to conduct your ceremony, you may request a list of verified local area officiants who have provided their names to the City prior to booking your appointment.
  • A Marriage Licence is only valid for ninety (90) days from the date of your appointment. This means once you have your marriage licence, you have 90 days to get married. You cannot obtain a marriage licence if your intended date of your ceremony is more than 90 days from the date of your appointment. If you have to postpone your ceremony for any circumstance, please be mindful of the expiry date of your licence.
  • A Marriage Licence Application form must be filled out and signed by both of you before your appointment:
    • You will be required to scan or take a picture of the completed and signed application form and send it to clerks@kawarthalakes.ca by Thursday at 4:30pm prior to your appointment on a Friday afternoon. Failure to submit required documentation by the deadline before your appointment may result in the forfeiture of your appointment.
    • The application form allows applicants to list up to 4 parents. Only include the parents listed on your birth certificate/registration. 
    • Use your parents legal names on their birth certificates (using birth names of your parents, not married names). Double check that short-form names of your parents do not have a longer version on their birth certificates.
    • The application form allows you to identify your religious denomination. If you have no religious affiliation, please write the word None in the box to verify to our issuers that that box has not been accidentally left blank.
  • Both applicants will be required to provide two (2) original pieces of government-issued identification. You will be required to scan or take a picture of your ID and send it to clerks@kawarthalakes.ca by Thursday at 4:30pm prior to your appointment. You must also bring this ID to the in-person appointment for staff to witness. They will not touch your ID, or make a copy of it, so long as you have supplied a picture or scan of the ID in advance of the appointment. One piece of identification must include a photo. Examples of government-issued identification:
    • valid drivers' licence
    • valid passport
    • government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
      • If a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
    • valid Ontario Photo Card
    • record of immigrant landing
    • Canadian Citizenship Card
    • Health card is not a recommended as a form of identification
  • Only one person may attend the Marriage Licence appointment on behalf of both parties (The other person may remain nearby, however they are not permitted to enter the building) An original birth certificate or passport of the absent person must be one of the two pieces of ID of the person who is not in attendance at the appointment.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant is a widow or widower, a copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse will be required.
    • You will be required to scan or take a picture of the death certificate and send it to clerks@kawarthalakes.ca by Thursday at 4:30pm prior to your appointment. You will also be required to bring it with you to the appointment to show the Clerk’s Office staff.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the 'Certificate of Divorce' will be required.  A certified copy of the certificate of divorce may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. A 'Divorce Order' will not be accepted as proof of divorce.
    • You will be required to scan or take a picture of the divorce certificate and send it to clerks@kawarthalakes.ca by Thursday at 4:30pm prior to your appointment. You will also be required to bring it with you to the appointment to show the Clerk’s Office staff. They will need to ensure it has the original seal on the document.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced outside of Canada authorization from the Ministry of Government Services will be required before a Marriage Licence can be obtained.  To obtain authorization from the Ministry the following documents would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar General:
  • Both applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Any applicant between the ages of sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age will require the consent of both parents.  A consent form is available from staff at the Clerk's Office at City Hall.
  • Appointment specifics include the following considerations to follow Local Health Regulations:
    • Appointments will be held in the Interview Room at the Municipal Law Enforcement Office at 37 Lindsay Street South in Lindsay (Not City Hall or Old Lindsay Town Hall).
    • Only one person is to attend inside the Municipal Law Enforcement Office Building and the Interview Room.
    • Appointments will last less than 15 minutes. You will sign the pre-prepared marriage licence at the appointment. Municipal staff will take a copy of the signed licence, and provide you with some basic information regarding your marriage licence.
    • Equipment and surfaces in the office will be sanitized between appointments
    • A protective barrier will remain between municipal staff, and yourself
    • Face coverings or protective masks may be worn during the appointment, however, municipal staff may ask you to temporarily remove your face covering to verify your ID

Please note:  There is no requirement to obtain a marriage licence from the Municipality you live in, or the Municipality where the ceremony occurs. A Marriage Licence may be obtained from any Lower or Single Tier municipal office in Ontario for any ceremony held in Ontario. An Ontario marriage licence may not be used for ceremonies held outside of Ontario.

If you want more information about getting married in Ontario, visit the Service Ontario website, and if you have further questions please call 705-324-9411or E-Mail the Clerks Office

 Marriage Licences

A typical explanation of the marriage licence process is below, however during the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow the process on the tab above. 

Marriage Licences are the document that is signed during your ceremony. Without a marriage licence (or a banns document obtained from your church), you aren't legally married.

Marriage Licences are issued by appointment. To arrange for an appointment to obtain a marriage licence contact either the Lindsay Service Centre (705-324-9411 press '0') or the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall (705-324-9411 ext. 1342). Please note the following prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • There is a fee of $135.00 for a Marriage Licence and that fee can be paid via cash, debit card or credit card.
  • A Marriage Licence can only be issued to the applicant and/or the joint applicant after arrangements have been made with the person who will be performing the ceremony (the officiant).  A Marriage Licence will remain valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issue.
    • If you do not have an officiant to conduct your ceremony, a list of verified local area officiants who have provided their names to the City is available upon request.
  • A Marriage Licence Application form must be filled out and signed before your appointment.
    • Please Note:
      • The application form allows applicants to list up to 4 parents. Only the parents listed on your birth certificate should be included on your application form. Parents names should be listed on the application as it appears on their birth certificate (for instance, using birth names of your parents, not married names).
      • The application form allows you to identify your religious denomination. If you have no religious affiliation, please write the word 'None' in the box to verify to our issuers that that box has not been accidentally left blank.
  • Both applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Any applicant between the ages of sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age will require the consent of both parents.  Form 6 "Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage" is available from staff at either the Lindsay Service Centre or the Clerk's Office at City Hall.
  • Both applicants will be required to provide two (2) original pieces of government-issued identification. One piece of identification must include your photo. Examples of government-issued identification:
      • government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
      • valid passport
      • record of immigrant landing
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • valid driver’s licence
      • valid Ontario Photo Card
    • Health card is not a recommended as a form of identification
    • If a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If only one person is able to attend the Marriage Licence appointment on behalf of both parties, an original birth certificate or passport of the absent person must be one of the two pieces of ID. Please note that if a birth certificate or passport is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator. There must also be both parties signatures on the Marriage Licence Application Form.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant is a widow or widower, a copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse will be required.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the 'Certificate of Divorce' will be required.  A certified copy of the certificate of divorce may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. A 'Divorce Order' will not be accepted as proof of divorce.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced outside of Canada authorization from the Ministry of Government Services will be required before a Marriage Licence can be purchased.  To obtain authorization from the Ministry the following documents would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar General:

Please note:  There is no requirement to obtain a marriage licence from the Municipality you live in, or the Municipality where the ceremony occurs. A Marriage Licence may be obtained from any Lower or Single Tier municipal office in Ontario for any ceremony held in Ontario.

If you want more information about getting married in Ontario, visit the Service Ontario website, and if you have further questions please call 705-324-9411or E-Mail the Clerks Office

 

Marriage Licences are issued by appointment. To arrange for an appointment to obtain a marriage licence contact either the Lindsay Service Centre (705-324-9411 press '0') or the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall (705-324-9411 ext. 1342). Please note the following prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • There is a fee of $135.00 for a Marriage Licence and that fee can be paid via cash, debit card or credit card.
  • A Marriage Licence can only be issued to the applicant and/or the joint applicant after arrangements have been made with the person who will be performing the ceremony.  A Marriage Licence will remain valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issue.
    • If you do not have an officiant to conduct your ceremony, a list of verified local area officiants who have provided their names to the City is available upon request.
  • A Marriage Licence Application form must be filled out and signed before your appointment.
    • Please Note:
      • The application form allows applicants to list up to 4 parents. Only the parents listed on your birth certificate should be included on your application form. Parents names should be listed on the application as it appears on their birth certificate (for instance, using birth names of your parents, not married names).
      • The application form allows you to identify your religious denomination. If you have no religious affiliation, please write the word 'None' in the box to verify to our issuers that that box has not been accidentally left blank.
  • Both applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Any applicant between the ages of sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age will require the consent of both parents.  Form 6 "Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage" is available from staff at either the Lindsay Service Centre or the Clerk's Office at City Hall.
  • Both applicants will be required to provide two (2) original pieces of government-issued identification. One piece of identification must include your photo. Examples of government-issued identification:
      • government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
      • valid passport
      • record of immigrant landing
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • valid driver’s licence
      • valid Ontario Photo Card
    • Health card is not a recommended as a form of identification
    • If a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If only one person is able to attend the Marriage Licence appointment on behalf of both parties, an original birth certificate of the absent person is mandatory in addition to one other piece of ID. Please note that if a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant is a widow or widower, a copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse will be required.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the 'Certificate of Divorce' will be required.  A certified copy of the certificate of divorce may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. A 'Divorce Order' will not be accepted as proof of divorce.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced outside of Canada authorization from the Ministry of Government Services will be required before a Marriage Licence can be purchased.  To obtain authorization from the Ministry the following documents would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar General:

Please note:  There is no requirement to obtain a marriage licence from the Municipality you live in, or the Municipality where the ceremony occurs. A Marriage Licence may be obtained from any municipal office in Ontario. 

If you want more information about getting married in Ontario, visit the Service Ontario website, and if you have further questions please call 705-324-9411or E-Mail the Clerks Office

Marriage Licences are issued by appointment. To arrange for an appointment to obtain a marriage licence contact either the Lindsay Service Centre (705-324-9411 press '0') or the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall (705-324-9411 ext. 1342). Please note the following prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • There is a fee of $135.00 for a Marriage Licence and that fee can be paid via cash, debit card or credit card.
  • A Marriage Licence can only be issued to the applicant and/or the joint applicant after arrangements have been made with the person who will be performing the ceremony.  A Marriage Licence will remain valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issue.
    • If you do not have an officiant to conduct your ceremony, a list of verified local area officiants who have provided their names to the City is available upon request.
  • A Marriage Licence Application form must be filled out and signed before your appointment.
    • Please Note:
      • The application form allows applicants to list up to 4 parents. Only the parents listed on your birth certificate should be included on your application form. Parents names should be listed on the application as it appears on their birth certificate (for instance, using birth names of your parents, not married names).
      • The application form allows you to identify your religious denomination. If you have no religious affiliation, please write the word 'None' in the box to verify to our issuers that that box has not been accidentally left blank.
  • Both applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Any applicant between the ages of sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age will require the consent of both parents.  Form 6 "Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage" is available from staff at either the Lindsay Service Centre or the Clerk's Office at City Hall.
  • Both applicants will be required to provide two (2) original pieces of government-issued identification. One piece of identification must include your photo. Examples of government-issued identification:
      • government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
      • valid passport
      • record of immigrant landing
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • valid driver’s licence
      • valid Ontario Photo Card
    • Health card is not a recommended as a form of identification
    • If a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If only one person is able to attend the Marriage Licence appointment on behalf of both parties, an original birth certificate of the absent person is mandatory in addition to one other piece of ID. Please note that if a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant is a widow or widower, a copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse will be required.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the 'Certificate of Divorce' will be required.  A certified copy of the certificate of divorce may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. A 'Divorce Order' will not be accepted as proof of divorce.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced outside of Canada authorization from the Ministry of Government Services will be required before a Marriage Licence can be purchased.  To obtain authorization from the Ministry the following documents would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar General:

Please note:  There is no requirement to obtain a marriage licence from the Municipality you live in, or the Municipality where the ceremony occurs. A Marriage Licence may be obtained from any municipal office in Ontario. 

If you want more information about getting married in Ontario, visit the Service Ontario website, and if you have further questions please call 705-324-9411or E-Mail the Clerks Office

Marriage Licences are issued by appointment. To arrange for an appointment to obtain a marriage licence contact either the Lindsay Service Centre (705-324-9411 press '0') or the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall (705-324-9411 ext. 1342). Please note the following prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • There is a fee of $135.00 for a Marriage Licence and that fee can be paid via cash, debit card or credit card.
  • A Marriage Licence can only be issued to the applicant and/or the joint applicant after arrangements have been made with the person who will be performing the ceremony.  A Marriage Licence will remain valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issue.
    • If you do not have an officiant to conduct your ceremony, a list of verified local area officiants who have provided their names to the City is available upon request.
  • A Marriage Licence Application form must be filled out and signed before your appointment.
    • Please Note:
      • The application form allows applicants to list up to 4 parents. Only the parents listed on your birth certificate should be included on your application form. Parents names should be listed on the application as it appears on their birth certificate (for instance, using birth names of your parents, not married names).
      • The application form allows you to identify your religious denomination. If you have no religious affiliation, please write the word 'None' in the box to verify to our issuers that that box has not been accidentally left blank.
  • Both applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Any applicant between the ages of sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age will require the consent of both parents.  Form 6 "Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage" is available from staff at either the Lindsay Service Centre or the Clerk's Office at City Hall.
  • Both applicants will be required to provide two (2) original pieces of government-issued identification. One piece of identification must include your photo. Examples of government-issued identification:
      • government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
      • valid passport
      • record of immigrant landing
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • valid driver’s licence
      • valid Ontario Photo Card
    • Health card is not a recommended as a form of identification
    • If a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If only one person is able to attend the Marriage Licence appointment on behalf of both parties, an original birth certificate of the absent person is mandatory in addition to one other piece of ID. Please note that if a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant is a widow or widower, a copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse will be required.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the 'Certificate of Divorce' will be required.  A certified copy of the certificate of divorce may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. A 'Divorce Order' will not be accepted as proof of divorce.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced outside of Canada authorization from the Ministry of Government Services will be required before a Marriage Licence can be purchased.  To obtain authorization from the Ministry the following documents would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar General:

Please note:  There is no requirement to obtain a marriage licence from the Municipality you live in, or the Municipality where the ceremony occurs. A Marriage Licence may be obtained from any municipal office in Ontario. 

If you want more information about getting married in Ontario, visit the Service Ontario website, and if you have further questions please call 705-324-9411or E-Mail the Clerks Office

Marriage Licences are issued by appointment. To arrange for an appointment to obtain a marriage licence contact either the Lindsay Service Centre (705-324-9411 press '0') or the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall (705-324-9411 ext. 1342). Please note the following prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • There is a fee of $135.00 for a Marriage Licence and that fee can be paid via cash, debit card or credit card.
  • A Marriage Licence can only be issued to the applicant and/or the joint applicant after arrangements have been made with the person who will be performing the ceremony.  A Marriage Licence will remain valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issue.
    • If you do not have an officiant to conduct your ceremony, a list of verified local area officiants who have provided their names to the City is available upon request.
  • A Marriage Licence Application form must be filled out and signed before your appointment.
    • Please Note:
      • The application form allows applicants to list up to 4 parents. Only the parents listed on your birth certificate should be included on your application form. Parents names should be listed on the application as it appears on their birth certificate (for instance, using birth names of your parents, not married names).
      • The application form allows you to identify your religious denomination. If you have no religious affiliation, please write the word 'None' in the box to verify to our issuers that that box has not been accidentally left blank.
  • Both applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Any applicant between the ages of sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age will require the consent of both parents.  Form 6 "Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage" is available from staff at either the Lindsay Service Centre or the Clerk's Office at City Hall.
  • Both applicants will be required to provide two (2) original pieces of government-issued identification. One piece of identification must include your photo. Examples of government-issued identification:
      • government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
      • valid passport
      • record of immigrant landing
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • valid driver’s licence
      • valid Ontario Photo Card
    • Health card is not a recommended as a form of identification
    • If a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If only one person is able to attend the Marriage Licence appointment on behalf of both parties, an original birth certificate of the absent person is mandatory in addition to one other piece of ID. Please note that if a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant is a widow or widower, a copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse will be required.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the 'Certificate of Divorce' will be required.  A certified copy of the certificate of divorce may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. A 'Divorce Order' will not be accepted as proof of divorce.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced outside of Canada authorization from the Ministry of Government Services will be required before a Marriage Licence can be purchased.  To obtain authorization from the Ministry the following documents would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar General:

Please note:  There is no requirement to obtain a marriage licence from the Municipality you live in, or the Municipality where the ceremony occurs. A Marriage Licence may be obtained from any municipal office in Ontario. 

If you want more information about getting married in Ontario, visit the Service Ontario website, and if you have further questions please call 705-324-9411or E-Mail the Clerks Office

Marriage Licences are issued by appointment. To arrange for an appointment to obtain a marriage licence contact either the Lindsay Service Centre (705-324-9411 press '0') or the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall (705-324-9411 ext. 1342). Please note the following prior to scheduling an appointment:
  • There is a fee of $135.00 for a Marriage Licence and that fee can be paid via cash, debit card or credit card.
  • A Marriage Licence can only be issued to the applicant and/or the joint applicant after arrangements have been made with the person who will be performing the ceremony.  A Marriage Licence will remain valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issue.
    • If you do not have an officiant to conduct your ceremony, a list of verified local area officiants who have provided their names to the City is available upon request.
  • A Marriage Licence Application form must be filled out and signed before your appointment.
    • Please Note:
      • The application form allows applicants to list up to 4 parents. Only the parents listed on your birth certificate should be included on your application form. Parents names should be listed on the application as it appears on their birth certificate (for instance, using birth names of your parents, not married names).
      • The application form allows you to identify your religious denomination. If you have no religious affiliation, please write the word 'None' in the box to verify to our issuers that that box has not been accidentally left blank.
  • Both applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Any applicant between the ages of sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age will require the consent of both parents.  Form 6 "Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage" is available from staff at either the Lindsay Service Centre or the Clerk's Office at City Hall.
  • Both applicants will be required to provide two (2) original pieces of government-issued identification. One piece of identification must include your photo. Examples of government-issued identification:
      • government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
      • valid passport
      • record of immigrant landing
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
      • valid driver’s licence
      • valid Ontario Photo Card
    • Health card is not a recommended as a form of identification
    • If a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If only one person is able to attend the Marriage Licence appointment on behalf of both parties, an original birth certificate of the absent person is mandatory in addition to one other piece of ID. Please note that if a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant is a widow or widower, a copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse will be required.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the 'Certificate of Divorce' will be required.  A certified copy of the certificate of divorce may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. A 'Divorce Order' will not be accepted as proof of divorce.
  • If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced outside of Canada authorization from the Ministry of Government Services will be required before a Marriage Licence can be purchased.  To obtain authorization from the Ministry the following documents would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar General:

Please note:  There is no requirement to obtain a marriage licence from the Municipality you live in, or the Municipality where the ceremony occurs. A Marriage Licence may be obtained from any municipal office in Ontario. 

If you want more information about getting married in Ontario, visit the Service Ontario website, and if you have further questions please call 705-324-9411or E-Mail the Clerks Office

 Marriage Ceremonies

Who can marry us?

Marriage Ceremonies in Ontario can be performed by an Ontario Judge, Justice of the Peace, Municipal Clerk, or a Registered Religious Officiant with the Province of Ontario. Contrary to popular opinion, it isn't as easy as taking a quick online course to become a registered officiant in Ontario. A list of verified local area officiants who have provided their names to the municipality is available upon request by calling the City Clerk's Office (705-324-9411 ext. 1342).

Marriage Ceremonies at City Hall with a Municipal Clerk

Looking for something simple? Exchange your wedding vows in a civil marriage ceremony at Kawartha Lakes City Hall.

Ceremonies may be performed by a Municipal Clerk during business hours (8:30am-4:30pm, weekdays) or by special requests to have your ceremony off-site (anywhere in Ontario, subject to availability), or after hours at City Hall. Most ceremonies are 15 minutes or less, and are celebrated with close family and friends.

Apply to get married at City Hall

Kawartha Lakes City Hall (26 Francis Street Lindsay) offers the following locations for wedding ceremonies:

 Council Chambers

Kawartha Lakes Council Chambers provides a legal and formal atmosphere, having previously served as the main courtroom for Victoria County, and now serving as the location for most Kawartha Lakes City Council meetings.

Council Chambers is suitable for weddings accommodating up to 20 guests.

Kawartha Lakes Council Chambers decorated for a wedding

 

 Victoria Room

The Victoria Room, overlooking Francis Street to the South, previously served as the Council Chambers for the Victoria County Council, and now acts as a multi-purpose function room for Kawartha Lakes City business activities. The adjacent conference room, known as the Weldon Room, may be booked for last-minute preparations.

The Victoria Room is suitable for weddings accommodating up to 35 guests.

Victoria Room decorated for a wedding

 

 2nd Floor Atrium

The bright 2nd Floor Atrium at City Hall overlooks the main lobby on the Colborne Street side of the building, and provides an intimate venue for a wedding ceremony. The atrium was the location of the very first wedding at Kawartha Lakes City Hall.

The 2nd Floor Atrium is suitable for weddings accommodating up to 6 guests.

Second Floor Atrium at Kawartha Lakes City Hall

 

 Southeast Exterior Stairs (outdoors)

There is something special about being married on the steps of City Hall and the Southeast Exterior Staircase provides a suitable outdoor venue on the Cambridge Street side of City Hall. While it once was the main business entrance to City Hall, the doors now are sealed closed, so wedding ceremonies won't be interrupted.

The Southeast Exterior Staircase are suitable for weddings up to 15 guests (weather permitting), however guests must provide their own seating. Couples that select this location typically select an alternate room in case of poor weather on the date of the ceremony.

Southeast Exterior Staircase

 

Marriage Ceremony Availability Enquiry

Couples interested in booking a civil marriage ceremony with a Municipal Clerk must submit the Marriage Ceremony Availability Enquiry Form. Once submitted, Clerk's Office staff will contact you within 5 business days to advise of availability, and to book a pre-ceremony consultation. The form must be submitted 10 days prior to the date of the ceremony. No walk-ins (same day ceremonies) are permitted.

Pre-Ceremony Consultation Meeting

Couples are required to attend a pre-ceremony consultation meeting prior to the wedding. Both applicants need to be in attendance, and you will need to bring with you:

  • A valid Ontario Marriage Licence (this can be obtained from City Clerk's Office staff just prior to the meeting)
  • Your Photo ID (Driver's Licence, Ontario Photo Card, and/or Passport)
  • Ceremony Fee (see below)

During the Pre-Ceremony Consultation meeting you will:

  • Select a location at City Hall
  • Review and select a script for your ceremony
  • Review the Marriage Licence
  • Complete and sign the Ceremony Acknowledgement (see below)
  • Discuss any particulars unique to your ceremony
Ceremony Acknowledgement

Couples looking to get married at City Hall are required to acknowledge and agree to the following terms:

 Ceremony Acknowledgement Terms
  1. The celebrants for the civil marriage ceremony do hereby consent to defend and indemnify the Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes (hereinafter referred to as the “City”) for any loss or damages incurred by their invitees. The celebrants agree that the City will not be held responsible for personal injury or damage, nor for the theft or loss of any personal property of anyone attending a Municipal Facility on the invitation of the celebrants.
  2. The celebrants shall be responsible for the conduct and supervision of all persons admitted to the Municipal Facility and shall see that all regulations pertaining to the event are strictly followed.
  3. The Municipal Facility may only be used for civil marriage ceremonies conducted by Municipal staff.
  4. All exits must be kept free from obstruction in case of fire.
  5. The Municipal Facility will be available for a maximum of one hour only. Minimal decorating, i.e. flowers, balloons, etc., is permitted, however, must be approved by the officiant in advance of the ceremony. Decorating is allowed 15 minutes prior to the ceremony and must be removed within 15 minutes following the conclusion of the ceremony. No affixed decorations, confetti, bubbles, open flame, including candles or incense, are allowed in or on the grounds of the Municipal Facility.
  6. A wedding booking is not confirmed until this acknowledgement has been completed and returned to the City Clerk’s Office with full payment.
  7. Alcohol or stimulants are not to be used by the celebrants or their witnesses prior to the ceremony. If the Officiant believes that alcohol or other stimulants have been used, the ceremony may be cancelled at the discretion of the Officiant. No alcohol is permitted on City property.
  8. It is the celebrants responsibility to provide an interpreter if they do not speak English and/or require language assistance. The interpreter cannot be one of the witnesses. The interpreter will be required to sign a certificate that he/she has interpreted the wedding ceremony as required.
  9. No religious connotation or demonstration of faith shall be demonstrated by the Officiant.
  10. Music may be arranged by the celebrants for use before and after the ceremony. When selecting the type of music consideration should be given to its appropriateness and contribution to the dignity of the occasion.
  11. The celebrants, and their invited guests, shall adhere to all parking rules and regulations when attending a Municipal Facility.
Ceremony Fees

Fees for the ceremony are paid at the pre-ceremony consultation meeting. Cash, money order, debit or credit (no personal cheques) are accepted. The fees currently are:

  • $250 if held at City Hall during regular business hours
  • $300 if held at City Hall outside of regular business hours
  • $350 if held offsite plus mileage at the city rate
  • No other gratuities accepted

This fee includes the Officiant to perform the ceremony and the use of City Hall for the ceremony. These fees do not include the cost of a Marriage Licence, which is $135.00 if obtained at City Hall in Kawartha Lakes. A Marriage Licence may be obtained at any Lower or Single Tier Municipal Office in Ontario.

The Ceremony Day

Some things to you should consider for the date of the ceremony at City Hall include:

  1. Changes to date and/or time are allowed at no additional charge provided that the location and Officiant are available. No refund will be issued if the ceremony is cancelled the day of the ceremony, or the applicant(s) and witnesses do not appear for the ceremony.
  2. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony to allow time to review final details.
  3. Minimal decorating, i.e. flowers, balloons, etc., is permitted, however, must be approved by the officiant in advance of the ceremony. Decorating is allowed 15 minutes prior to the ceremony and must be removed within 15 minutes following the conclusion of the ceremony. No affixed decorations, confetti, bubbles, open flame, including candles or incense, are allowed in or on the grounds of the Municipal Facility.
  4. Alcohol or stimulants are not to be used by the celebrants or their witnesses prior to the ceremony. If the Officiant believes that alcohol or other stimulants have been used, the ceremony may be cancelled at the discretion of the Officiant.
  5. Music may be arranged by the applicant before and after the ceremony. When selecting the type of music consideration should be given to its appropriateness and contribution to the dignity of the occasion. You may also want to select a friend or family member to press play at the right time.
  6. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide an interpreter if they do not speak English and/or require language assistance. The interpreter cannot be one of the witnesses. The interpreter will be required to sign a form that he/she has interpreted the wedding ceremony as per requirements.
  7. Absolutely no candles, confetti, rice, bird seed etc. is allowed in City facilities or its property. Couples may be charged with the cost of cleanup should any debris be found.
  8. Pictures and/or videos may be taken during the ceremony provided there is no disruption of the ceremony.
  9. The Officiant is only responsible for performing the ceremony and therefore not responsible for other activities for the ceremony (i.e. photography, wedding planning, and organizing).

If you have made special arrangements to request a Municipal Clerk to perform your ceremony outside of City Hall, you should also consider the following:

  1. Additional rental fees apply to other municipal facilities (City owned Halls, or parks). Bookings for these facilities will need to be made through the appropriate Department or organization. Arrangements at private facilities are the responsibility of the applicants.
  2. Ceremonies held at venues outside of the boundaries of the City of Kawartha Lakes by one (1) hour or 100 km drive and/or during inclement weather may be subject to an additional fee to cover accommodations of the Officiant.
 Marriage Certificates & Name Changes

Marriage Certificates

A marriage certificate is a record of a marriage. It lists the date and place of the marriage, and names of the people who were married.

It is not mandatory to obtain one following a ceremony, but is recommended if either party is considering changing their name (see below).

A record of solemnization of marriage is not the same as a marriage certificate.

Before you can get a marriage certificate, a marriage needs to be registered. The officiant who performed the marriage will do this by sending a complete and signed marriage licence to the Registrar General's Office of Ontario. You can order a marriage certificate about 6-8 weeks after this happens.

Following the 6-8 week waiting period after the ceremony, you can request your marriage certificate by visiting the Service Ontario website.

Name Changes

There are 2 ways to change your last name following a marriage ceremony (more information can be found on the Service Ontario website):

  1. "Assume" your spouse’s last name
  2. Legally change your last name

 

 Assuming Your Spouse's Last Name

Immediately following a marriage ceremony either person may 'assume' their spouse's last name, or a hyphenated last name. This means you can begin the process to change things like your signature, account information, and utility bills right away. You can also assume your spouse’s last name on government documents such as:

  • health card
  • driver’s licence
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • passport

To change your last name on these documents after you have assumed your spouse’s last name, bring your Marriage Certificate, and appropriate identification, and visit the appropriate Service Ontario, Passport Canada, or Service Canada location.

Assuming a spouse’s last name after marriage does not change the name on your Ontario Birth Certificate or Social Insurance Number Card. To change your name on those documents you should consider a legal name change.

 Legal Name Change
A Legal Name change is similar to assuming your Spouse's Last Name, however it will also change the name on your Ontario Birth Certificate (if you were born in Ontario). There is no cost to this process if you apply for a legal name change within 90 days of your marriage ceremony. Visit the Service Ontario website for information, including the application form, and instructions.

 

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