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Births, Deaths, Marriages

Applications for marriage and death certificates can be submitted online at serviceontario.ca. You can also check the status of birth, marriage and death certificate applications online.

Birth Registration & Certificates

Welcome baby! ALL birth registrations for births that occurred after March 30th, 2009 at 12:00 midnight, are processed by the Office of the Registrar General. Documentation is provided to the parent(s) of the child at the time of the birth by the Royal Victoria Hospital or appropriate health professional.

Registering your child’s birth is the first step to giving your baby a legal identity. Once your baby’s birth is registered with the Province of Ontario, you will be able to apply for a birth certificate. The birth certificate is issued by the Province of Ontario and must be applied for separately. Parents may submit their registration through the following methods:

The City of Barrie does not accept or process birth certificate applications. The Birth Certificate application form is available via the website listed above, at the Service Ontario Centre at 34 Simcoe Street, Suite 102, or at the City of Barrie Clerk’s Office at 70 Collier Street.

Death Certificates

Applications for death certificates can be submitted online at www.serviceontario.ca. You can also check the status of birth, marriage and death certificate applications online.

Marriage Licences & Certificates

Every marriage in Ontario requires a Marriage Licence before the actual ceremony takes place.

Marriage Licence Applications

Visit ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried to get the government documents needs if you plan to marry in Ontario. Applications may also be obtained at the City's Legislative and Court Services Department on the first floor of City Hall (70 Collier Street). Licences are issued Monday – Friday, 8:30am–4pm. To avoid lineups and streamline the process, applicants are encouraged to book an appointment in advance by calling 705-739-4204

Requirements & Fees

A current passport (which includes a photo) or an original birth certificate PLUS one piece of photo I.D. (driver's licence, health card, etc.) are required for both applicants. Applicants 16 or 17 years of age require parental consent. There are no medical certificates, residency or citizenship requirements. Licences are issued at a cost of $140 (cash, money order, certified cheque, VISA, MasterCard, debit card). A marriage licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue. Applicants are encouraged to book an appointment for the issuance of their marriage licence by calling 705-739-4204.

Marriage Ceremony

A religious marriage ceremony may be performed by a person who is registered under the Marriage Act to perform religious marriages in Ontario.  A civil marriage may be performed by a judge, a justice of the peace or a Municipal Clerk and/or their designate. The City of Barrie's City Clerk does not perform marriage ceremonies. Check ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried to access lists of religious officials who are registered to perform marriages.

The Rotunda City Hall may be rented for a marriage ceremony performed by a religious officiant, a judge or a justice of the peace. Contact the Legislative and Court Services Department at 705-739-4204 for details.

Divorce

If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled within Canada, the original or court certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be submitted. A divorce judgment is not acceptable. Certified copies may be obtained from the court which granted the divorce. Photocopies are not acceptable, and all documents will be returned. If a divorce was granted outside of Canada, additional forms must be completed. Please call 705-739-4204 for additional information.  

Marriage Certificates

Applications for marriage certificates can be submitted online at www.serviceontario.ca. You can also check the status of birth, marriage and death certificate applications online.

Applications for a marriage certificate (a copy of a marriage licence) may be obtained at the Legislative and Court Services Department, 1st floor, City Hall, 70 Collier Street.

Further details regarding marriage certificates are available from the Provincial government at www.gov.on.ca

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