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Claims, Oaths and Marriage

Solemnization of Civil Marriages

If you wish to marry in a civil ceremony, you may ask the mayor to act as officiant authorized to solemnize your marriage. Every year, dozens of civil weddings are performed at city hall or other venues.

  • A preparation meeting with the future husband and wife is necessary to:

    • complete various forms;
    • verify the documents required which the future husband and wife have brought with them:
      • birth certificate;
      • identity documents with your photo (health insurance card, driver’s license or passport);
      • Canadian citizenship card or passport (if the person is not a Canadian citizen at birth);
      • attestation of marital status:
        • for single people: attestation by the Directeur de l’état civil;
        • for widows or widowers: death certificate;
        • for divorced people: divorce certificate;
    • provide the name of two witnesses of the marriage;
    • receive all information on the procedure on getting married.

    Minimum 30 day waiting period

    Please note that a minimum 30-day waiting period must be observed between the preparation meeting and the chosen date for the wedding ceremony.  This waiting period is necessary because after receiving the documents, the Directeur de l’état civil must publish notice of marriage on the website for 20 days.

  • The future husband and wife must:

    • make an appointment for a preparation meeting in one of the following ways:
      • By email
        By writing to the Direction du greffe et du contentieux, in charge of marriages, at greffe@ville.chateauguay.qc.ca.
      • By phone
        You can contact us by phone at: 450 698-3000
        Monday to Thursday: 8.30 a.m. to noon and 1.15 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
        Friday: 8.30 a.m. to noon
    • go to City Hall on the agreed date and time;
  • The fees for civil marriages are established by the ministère de la Justice du Québec and are indexed on January 1st of each year. To find out what these fees are, we invite you to consult the Tariff of Court Costs – Civil marriage on the Ministère’s website.

    For 2021, the fees are as follows:

    For a wedding held at city hall

    $283 plus tax

    For a wedding held at a venue other than city hall

    $377 plus tax

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