As the province plans for recovery, the town is beginning to slowly bring back services and reopen some public spaces. Provincial emergency orders and the town’s physical distancing by-law remain in effect. We must all continue to follow guidelines from Public Health officials.
Fri, 22 May 2020
In an effort to gradually bring back services to our community in a safe and responsible way, the town will resume its marriage licence application process at Town Hall, with health and safety protocols, and some restrictions in place. Licences will be issued by appointment only, with only one applicant permitted to attend the appointment.
Starting Monday, May 25, 2020. soon-to-be newlyweds can contact the Clerk’s department and make arrangements to obtain a marriage licence in person. Appointments will be available in limited capacity on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The health and safety of our community and town staff is our top priority. Now that our recovery process is underway, a carefully planned and systematic approach to reviewing each service before it is resumed means that we will have the right processes in place to protect staff and the public from COVID-19.” said Mayor Rob Burton “I am pleased that we can provide this highly valued service and respond to the needs of our community by establishing a new and creative approach that puts the health and safety of staff and citizens first.”
Given the current pandemic, all town facilities, including Town Hall are closed until further notice, however limited access to Town Hall will be granted to those who wish to apply for a marriage licence. Couples are asked to complete the necessary paperwork in advance. Only one applicant is permitted to attend the appointment to complete the in-person application process with a town staff member, while physically distancing. The marriage licence will be issued at the appointment as long as all of the application requirements are met.
“The spring and summer months are typically a very busy time of year for our marriage licence services, and we’ve had numerous inquiries from couples since the start of the pandemic asking when they will be able to obtain one,” said Oakville’s Town Clerk Vicki Tytaneck. “We’re happy we can help couples move ahead to plan and celebrate such an important life milestone.”
Anyone who wishes to be married in Ontario must have a marriage licence. Marriage licences are valid for 90 days from the date they are issued. For more information about the town’s marriage licence application intake service, and to submit an appointment request, visit the Marriage page.
The Town of Oakville has a comprehensive recovery process in place that aligns with the Province’s gradual phased-in approach. The town’s approach is to carefully and responsibly review services before bringing them back to ensure the safety of staff and our community.