You can apply for a marriage licence at the Township office in Elmira. You do not need an appointment but it is a good idea to call the office to make sure someone is available to process your application. You must come in by 4:30 p.m. to allow time for your application to be processed. Marriage licences are valid for 90 days after they are issued.
At least one of the individuals getting married must submit the application in person. Both of your original signatures must be on the application form and two original pieces of government issued ID for each party is required. The following ID will be accepted:
- Birth certificate
- Valid passport
- Valid driver's licence
- Canadian citizenship card
- Canadian government refugee travel document
- Unite States green card
- Native status card
- Permanent residency card or record of immigrant landing
- Ontario photo card
- Citizenship card from any country
We will NOT accept Ontario health cards or social insurance number cards as acceptable forms of identification.
If either party has been divorced, the original or court certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be submitted with the application. You can get certified copies of these documents from the court that granted the divorce. Photocopies are not acceptable.
You can call the Clerk's department at 519-669-6009 for more information about marriage licences. To get a copy of the marriage licence application form, please visit our applications, forms, licences and permits page.
We now perform civil marriage ceremonies! Our officiants will perform ceremonies at the Township Office in Elmira or at an off-site location picked by the bride and groom. Timing of ceremonies is subject to the availability of officiants.
Marriage ceremony fees can be found in the Township's fees and charges by-law and depend on the location and timing of the ceremony.
For more information or to schedule a marriage ceremony, please call 519-669-6009. You can also submit an online request for a marriage officiant by completing our online marriage ceremony request form. We require a minimum of 48 hours notice to ensure an officiant is available.