Who May Marry
Any person who is at least 18 years old may obtain a marriage license or may be married
under the authority of the publication of banns, provided no lawful cause exists to hinder
the solemnization. A 16 or 17 year old can obtain a marriage license if he receives in
writing the consent of both parents in the form prescribed by the regulations. Any person
who lacks the capacity to marry by reason of being mentally ill or under the influence of
intoxicating liquor or drugs cannot be married.
Application forms can be optained by mail from the Ministrys headquarters in Thunder
Bay, 189 Red River Road or in Toronto, 900 Bay Street, 2nd floor. They can also be picked
up at most municipal offices and some Land Registry offices. The fee is $110.00. To
complete the application, the following documents are necessary: birth certificate or
passport and, if previously married, a copy of the divorce papers certified by the court.
If the bride or groom was divorced outside of Canada, he or she must obtain a foreign
divorce kit from the local City Hall.
Publications of Banns
Where a marriage is to be solemnized under the authority of the publication of banns, the
intention to marry shall be proclaimed openly in an audible voice during the religious
service. The banns shall be published according to the usage of the denomination, faith or
creed of the church in which they published.
Degrees of Affinity and Consanguinity
Section 19 of the Marriage Act requires the form listing the degrees of affinity
and consanguinity which bar the lawful solemmnization of marriage, to be endorsed on the
license and on the proof of publication of banns. The form states that a man may not marry
his: grandmother, grandfathers wife, wifes grandmother, aunt, wifes aunt, mother,
step mother, wifes mother, daughter, sons wife, sister, granddaughter,
grandsons wife, wifes granddaughter, niece, and nephews wife.
A woman cannot marry her: grandfather, grandmothers husband, husbands grandfather, uncle,
husbands uncle, father, step father, husbands father, son, husbands son, daughters
husband, brother, grandson, granddaughters husband, husbands grandson, nephew
and nieces husband.
A wedding cannot be solemnized before the third day after the marriage license is obtained
or until the fifth day after the publication of banns. The wedding will have to take place
3 months after obtaining the marriage license.