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Marriage Amendment Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 25 - Bill 74

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This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s aid to Bill 74 and does not form part of the law.  Bill 74 has been enacted as Chapter 25 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2002.

The Bill amends the Marriage Act to allow marriage commissioners to solemnize marriages under the authority of a licence.  Marriage commissioners are appointed by a person or body specified in regulations made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.



chapter 25

An Act to amend
the Marriage Act

Assented to December 13, 2002

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

1. Subsections 24 (1) and (2) of the Marriage Act are repealed and the following substituted: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.

Regulations, marriage commissioners

(2) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations,

(a) authorizing the person or body specified in the regulations to appoint persons or classes of persons as marriage commissioners;

(b) respecting any matter pertaining to the governance of marriage commissioners, including their appointment, their training, their registration, the standards required for the performance of their powers and duties, their remuneration, their disciplining and their dismissal.

General or specific application

(2.1) A regulation made under subsection (2) may be of general application or specific to any person or persons or class or classes in its application.


(2.2) A class described in the regulations made under subsection (2) or under clause 34 (g) may be described according to any characteristic or combination of characteristics and may be described to include or exclude any specified member, whether or not with the same characteristics.


2. This Act comes into force on a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor.

Short title

3. The short title of this Act is the Marriage Amendment Act, 2002.