Education & Events

Civil Marriage Solemnization




Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET 

Location: Zoom (participants will receive their unique link and further instructions upon registration)

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 the 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


This workshop will take place virtually over Zoom where participants are encouraged to come with their questions and be ready for a lively discussion!

About the Instructor

Denise Labelle-Gé
Retired City Clerk, Municipality of Cornwall

Denise Labelle Gelinas

Denise Labelle-Gélinas is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) through the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) as well as a Certified Municipal Officer (CMO). She is a long serving member, speaker and trainer of AMCTO and a retired city clerk with over 40 years of experience in municipal government. Denise is a graduate of St. Lawrence College in Business Management and Administration. Denise est complètement bilingue dans les deux langues officielles en tant que le français et l’anglais, écrit et verbal.

Refund Policy: All Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. A refund levy of $100 + HST will be applied to every cancellation received up to five (5) business days prior to the holding of the session. No refunds will be made for cancellations of less than five (5) business days prior to the holding of the session.

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