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Requesting a Civil Marriage Ceremony

The City of Ottawa is resuming its Civil Marriage Ceremonies at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W. Our ceremonies are simple and dignified and available in either English or French (bilingual ceremonies are not offered). The solemn service lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Ceremony bookings are held weekly Tuesdays to Fridays at 1, 2 and 3 pm with the exception of statutory holidays. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to Covid-19 : Only the couple and 2 witnesses (4 people), plus a language interpreter (if needed) may attend the ceremony. Unfortunately, other guests and/or photographers/videographers will not be allowed in the room.

Note: Our officiants are not available for off-site private ceremonies. To find an officiant please visit the Service Ontario website.

Want to know more?

For more information about civil ceremonies contact 3-1-1, option 6.

  • There are no gender, residency, citizenship or medical requirements.
  • Anyone over the age of 16 years old can get married in Ontario. If you are 16 - 18 (less a day) years of age, parental consent is required.

Marriage Ineligibility

City staff will not solemnize the marriage of any person who he or she knows or has reasonable grounds to believe lacks capacity to marry. Circumstances rendering a person ineligible for the civil marriage include:

  • One or both parties are under physical or mental duress
  • One or both parties fail to meet the age requirements
  • The parties are related as grandparent, parent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
  • One of both parties are currently married
  • One or both parties are mentally ill or under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and incapable of understanding the nature of the marriage contract and the duties, obligations and responsibilities that result from marriage.

If the person solemnizing a marriage has any doubts as to the mental capacity of the parties, or one of the parties, he/she may refuse to perform the ceremony.

  • A valid Province of Ontario marriage licence.
  • Two (2) Witnesses: Couples must provide two witnesses (one for each partner) who must be present at the ceremony.
    • The age requirement for the witnesses is 12 years old. 
    • The City of Ottawa does not provide witnesses.
  • Identification: Couples must present 1 valid and original piece of government-issued photo identification for each partner, which confirms full legal name and date of birth.
  • Rings (optional)
  • Language interpreter:
    • Couples are responsible for bringing a language interpreter if any one of the 4 participants (couple and 2 witnesses) cannot understand the language in which the ceremony is performed (English or French). 
    • Due to physical restrictions, such as sight and hearing impairments; you can bring your own interpreter at your own cost or notify us so we can make the arrangements on your behalf. Please indicate the type of interpreter required.
  • Capacity to Mary:
    • The consent of Parent or Guardian form would have been filled out and commissioned at the time of the marriage licence issuance. The officiant must also sign off on this form, you must bring this form to your ceremony.

The City of Ottawa charges $150.00 plus HST for a Civil Ceremony, which you can pay for by cash, cheque, Interac or credit card

Payment is Due:

  • If boking in-person: at time of booking
  • If boking online: on the date of the ceremony, prior to service delivery

Rescheduling and requests for refunds: We require 48-hour notice.

  • You can reschedule or request a refund your civil marriage up to 48 hours in advance by emailing
  • All refunds are subject to a $50 administrative fee. You are not eligible for refunds with less than 48-hour notice.
  • Marriage licence fees are non-refundable.
  • As a courtesy to others, if you are not present within 15-minutes after your scheduled ceremony, we will not proceed, you will need to reschedule at your own cost.

Civil Ceremonies are available by appointment only and are subject to availability.

To book an appointment:

  • If you already have valid Ontario marriage licence in your possession:
  • If you do not already have a valid Ontario marriage licence, please visit getting a marriage licence.

Masks are required to be worn in enclosed public spaces including at City of Ottawa facilities as mandated by province-wide masking regulations.