Marriage Registration in Canada If you want to register your marriage in Canada, you should be aware of the specifics of the process, as it is very different from a similar process.
Both citizens and permanent residents of Canada and foreigners who come to Canada on a tourist visa can register a marriage in Canada. All will equally need to meet the requirements of the province in which the couple is going to register their marriage.
The requirements vary depending on the province or territory where the couple wants to get married. For example, in Ontario, people who want to get married (without parental consent) must be at least 18 years old, and they must be at least 19 years old in British Columbia. You can get married at 16 or 17 years old with parental consent (both parents).
The marriage registration process in Canada is very different from that in other countries. While we are accustomed to registering marriages in registry offices, in Canada couples get married in a church, local court or in an “offsite ceremony” conducted by an official.
Before this event, however, prospective newlyweds need to obtain a marriage license. A marriage license is not the same as a marriage license. A license gives the couple permission to get married, while a marriage license is a legal document that proves that the couple is married and provides other details of the union.
The procedure for obtaining a marriage license differs from province to province. You must obtain a marriage license from the province or territory where your marriage will be registered, regardless of where you live now or plan to live later. (If you are getting married in Quebec, the process will be different and does not include getting a marriage license.)
Under Canadian law, a couple must obtain a marriage license before getting married. The license gives the couple permission to get married. On the day of your wedding in a church, court, or at an offsite ceremony, you must give the license to the officiant who will register your marriage. Marriage licenses are provincial or territorial, and you must contact the appropriate provincial/territorial municipal office or the Department of Vital Statistics to obtain a license.