Requirements for Marrying in Canada

Marrying in Canada: An Overview

Why Here? 
Whether you’re looking to tie the knot near Niagara Falls, in the Canadian Rockies, or in a boutique hotel in Toronto, there are endless possibilities both rustic and glamorous to choose from. All in all, it’s hard to find a more picturesque setting than our neighbor to the north.

What to Know 

    • Avoid Toronto during the film festival in the fall when hotels and restaurants will be booked and everything is most expensive.
    • Marriage license rules differ from province to province, so make sure you know what’s required in your area.

Marriage Requirements 
Residency requirements: None, but there can be an enforced waiting period between issuing of a license and the ceremony, depending on the territory.

Necessary documents: In general, couples need to apply for a marriage license in person together, and provide a birth certificate or passport, as well as proof of divorce or death of a spouse if one or more parties has been previously married.

For more info: Call the Canadian Tourism Board at (613) 954-3840 or visit