Education & Events

Civil Marriage Solemnization

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET 

The Marriage of Act has many regulations under which an "Officiant" - clerk or designate, must be familiar with and able to perform and administer civil marriage solemnization. In addition, regulations identified under the Municipal Act must be respected. This workshop will review all of the critical components of both the Marriage Act as well as the Municipal Act and the legal obligations that must be addressed within each ceremony.

Participants will review the full process – everything from first contact with potential clients up to and until the ceremony has been performed and completed. Participants will also learn about other judicial elements that may not be within the Act, but that are nevertheless critical to the effective process – this includes details around events, documents, venues, and other specific situations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the right questions to ask and answer including communicating important information couples need to know before their wedding date
  • Understand how to navigate various ceremony situations that may arise
  • Identify key processes and timelines
  • Understand potential duties that may be asked of you outside of legal obligations
  • Identify the appropriate language to perform ceremonies in

Ideal For:

  • Municipal clerks and staff within the clerk’s department
  • Individuals who aspire to work with municipalities under the clerk’s delegation and/or what can be expected as a contract agreement

About the Instructor:

Denise Labelle-Gélinas is a retired city clerk with the municipality of Cornwall who has over 35 years experience in the municipal sector. Denise has served as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian for the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) since 2007, as well as an instructor for AMCTO for the Parliamentary Procedures course. She is a strong community supporter who volunteers at various non-profit organizations.