You must be 18 years old and have a valid marriage licence to be married in Ontario. If you are under 18, you require written permission from both parents before you can marry.
Application for a marriage licence is done in person at Kingston City Hall and requires payment of a fee. You can download and print an application form from the provincial website (see For More Information links below) to bring with you. Both parties must sign the application form and provide identification. The marriage licence is valid for three months.
Following a marriage ceremony, a couple must register their union with the Office of the Registrar General and apply for a marriage certificate.
Two types of marriage ceremonies take place in Ontario:
- A religious ceremony performed by an official from a recognized religious organization.
- A civil ceremony performed by a judge or person authorized by the province to perform marriages.
Marriage between two men and two women is legal in Ontario.
For More Information
City of Kingston website with a step-by-step guide to applying for a marriage licence in Kingston. Includes information on fees, blood tests, waiting periods, underage applicants, identification required and how to get more information.
Information about the legal age to marry in Ontario, applying for a marriage licence, types of marriages, registering a marriage, marriage certificates and changing your name. A tip sheet on marriage is available in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi and Tagalog. Marriage licence and certificate applications can be downloaded from this site.
Who can get married in Ontario?
A list of the eligibility requirements to be married in Ontario with links to information on how to get a marriage licence and certificate, same-sex marriage, and how Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recognizes marriages. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.