[37] Bill 158 Original (PDF)

Bill 158

Bill 1582000

An Act to amend

the Marriage Act

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

1. Subsection 24 (1) of the Marriage Act is repealed and the following substituted:

Civil marriage

(1) A judge, a justice of the peace, a marriage commissioner or any other person of a class designated by the regulations may solemnize marriages under the authority of a licence.

Marriage commissioners

(1.1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint, as marriage commissioners, six persons in each electoral district as determined under the Representation Act, 1996.

Term of office

(1.2) A marriage commissioner shall hold office for a term of three years.


(1.3) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may remove a marriage commissioner from office for any reason upon appointing a replacement for the commissioner.


2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

3. The short title of this Act is the Marriage Amendment Act, 2000.



The Bill amends the Marriage Act to allow marriage commissioners appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to solemnize marriages under the authority of a licence.