(ON Gov Reg as of JAN. 14 - 2021)
WEDDING, FUNERAL AND OTHER RELIGIOUS SERVICES
... or rites or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained
and in compliance with rules on face coverings
• 10 people indoors • 10 people outdoors
Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies permitted, subject to certain conditions
Virtual services permitted
- NOTE ON VIRTUAL SERVICES -
VIRTUAL SERVICES, for our purposes, only apply to Vow Renewals for those
already married to each other where no provincial licensing is required;
or, to Commitment Ceremonies where no provincial licensing is required.
- Rev Rita Marie Browning/Governing Official -
Released Jan. 14/21
No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, must comply with requirements on physical distancing and face coverings - max of 5 people outdoors
July 22 2020
This is from the Office of the Registrar General sent to all the Governing Officials
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is aware that many couples have had to postpone their wedding due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We have listened to the concerns raised regarding the three-month validity period of marriage licences and made amendments to Ontario's Marriage Act (Act) and Regulation 738 of the Act to assist couples in this situation.
Amendments to the Act have been made to extend the three-month validity period for any unused marriage licences purchased between December 1 2019 and the termination date of the province-wide declaration of emergency made on March 17 2020, Such licences are now valid from the date of issuance up to 24 months from the first day following the end of the province-wide emergency. This does not include licences where there has been a change to critical information on the licence since the date it was issued, (i.e., either of the parties to the proposed marriage has changed their name, the marital status of either of the parties has changed)
It is important that all marriage officiants are aware of this information and examine the licence prior to solemnizing the marriage to ensure the information on the licence is accurate and the licence is valid. NOTE: Any licences issued after the end of the province-wide emergency must be used within the three-months following issuance of the licence.
IF critical information on these licences is no longer accurate or the original unused licence is unavailable (e.g.. lost or destroyed), couples will be able to replace it without having to pay the provincial fee of $75.00. Please note that municipalities may charge their own administrative fees to issue replacement licences. Couples should be advised that if a new licence is required, they should seek a replacement only within three months of their rescheduled wedding.
Further information can also be found on the Service Ontario website: ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried.