The Council and Information Services Department of the Township of Woolwich processes marriage licenses and performs marriage ceremonies. Please click on the links below for more information on obtaining a marriage license or scheduling a marriage ceremony.
The Township of Woolwich now performs civil marriage ceremonies. Ceremonies may take place at the Township Administration Office in Council Chambers, 24 Church Street West, Elmira, Ontario or at off-site locations. Marriages may be scheduled any time. The Township Office is closed on all government statutory holidays.
Marriage Ceremony fees are:
- Full Commitment Ceremony in Council Chambers$250.00 during business hours (includes $50 non-refundable deposit)
- Full Commitment Ceremony in Council Chambers$350.00 during non-business hours (includes $50 non-refundable deposit)
- Full Commitment Ceremony Off-Siteany time $350.00 (includes $50.00 non-refundable deposit)
- Vow Renewal Ceremony in Council Chambers$125.00 during business hours (includes $50.00 non-refundable deposit)
- Vow Renewal Ceremony Off-Sitelocation within the $175.00 boundary of the Township of Woolwich (includes $50.00 non-refundable deposit)
- Witness (provided by the Township, per witness) $25.00
NOTE:If you are unable to understand or read English, you must bring your own translator to interpret the information on the licence/application form and the civil marriage ceremony.
For more information or to schedule a marriage ceremony please complete the Online Marriage Ceremony Request Form or call 519-669-6010.
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Marriage licence application forms must be submitted in person by atleast one of the individuals getting married. The application form must be signed by both parties and two (2) pieces of government issued identification for EACH party are required.
Marriage licences are issued at the Township Office, 24 Church Street West, Elmira, ON. Appointments are not necessary but are encouraged to ensure that an issuer of marriage licences is in the office. Please ensure you come in by 4:30 p.m. to allow time for your licence to be processed.
You can download (click here) and print the marriage application form or get one, in person, at the Township Office, 2nd Floor, Council and Information Services Department between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The fee is $135.00, payable in cash or by debit card ONLY.
Please note that copies of your identification will be made and attached to your application.
- Both persons attending:
If both attend in person, each must show two (2) piecesof goverment issued identification, from the list below:
- Birth certificate
- Valid passport
- Valid driver's licence
- Canadian citizenship card
- Canadian government refugee travel document
- United States green card
- Native status card
- Permanent residency card or record of immigrant landing
- Ontario photo card
- Citizenship card from any country
- One person attending:
If only one person can attend, two (2) pieces of government issued identification, from the list above are required for BOTH parties.
Ontario health cards and social insurance number (SIN) cards are not acceptable forms of identification to obtain a marriage licence.
Age, for Persons 16 or 17:
Persons 16 or 17 years of age must have parental consent to marry.
Blood tests and/or medical certificates are not required in Ontario.
If one or both persons was previously married, and subsequently divorced in Canada, the original or court certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be submitted. A Divorce Judgement or Decree Nisi is not acceptable. Certified copies of the required documents may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. Photocopies are not acceptable. All documents will be returned to you once the licence is issued.
If a previous marriage was annulled in Canada, please contact the Township Office for further details.
A Marriage Licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue. If a Marriage ceremony has not taken place within this 3 month period, you will have to apply again for a Marriage Licence. It is your responsibility to arrange the marriage ceremony of your choice.
If a divorce or annulment was granted outside of Canada, contact the Township Office for additional requirements and forms.
If you do not read, write or speak English, you must provide your own interpreter and he/she must provide valid signed photo identification. Those persons applying for a Marriage Licence can not act as interpreters for each other.
There are no residency or citizenship requirements to marry in the Province of Ontario.
Publication of Banns
A marriage may also be solemnized under the authority of the publication of banns. If you are having a religious ceremony, please check with the person performing your marriage prior to purchasing a marriage licence.
All Marriage Licence applications and forms require the signing of an affidavit, and those signing must provide valid, signed photo identification.
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