Celebrating civil unions and weddings
at Montréal’s city hall
The city celebrates civil unions and marriages at Montréal’s city hall. The ceremony can be held in French or English and lasts for 30 minutes maximum.
Celebrations at city hall are performed by elected officials (to be announced).
Dates in 2017 : All places have been allocated
Dates in 2018 : To be announced
Availabilities and appointments
There are two steps in the celebration of a marriage: a preparatory meeting at city hall with the future spouses and the Protocole et accueil staff (45 minutes long) and the celebration of the marriage. The city will invite selected couples to a meeting prior to the ceremony to let them know about the documents that must be presented before a witness (required) and to collect the marriage fees if applicable.
Civil unions and marriages allow couples formed of people of the opposite or same sex to publicly commit to a shared life and to comply with the rights and obligations thereof. The Ministère de la Justice du Québec governs these unions. Visit their Web site to find out more about required procedures and how to register your marriage.
Fees may be required for each marriage and are to be determined.
Location of the celebration
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Salon Maisonneuve at city hall
The future spouses are responsible for all other expenses, such as flower delivery, music, etc. Receptions cannot be held at city hall after the celebration.
Fees are not reimbursable.
Couple selection process
Couples must reside within city limits. Proof of address is required.
Persons seeking to marry or engage in a civil union must satisfy the following conditions:
- Be 18 or over. People ages 16 to 18 can marry if they obtain consent from their parent or guardian, but cannot engage in a civil union.
- Not be closely related (father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter)
- Give their free and informed consent before a celebrant recognized by competent authorities in the presence of two witnesses.
- Be free of any previous ties of marriage or civil union with another person.
Persons in a civil union can marry despite the tie that already binds them. The marriage will result in the dissolution of the civil union while maintaining its civil effects, which will then be considered as the effects of the marriage beginning on the date that the couple celebrated their civil union.
Protocole et accueil
Hôtel de Ville de Montréal
275, rue Notre-Dame Est
Montréal, H2Y 1C6