Births, Deaths, Marriages

The Legislative Services Department carries out the responsibilities of registering marriages and death documents within our community in accordance with the Vital Statistics Act

The Legislative Services Department also issues marriage licenses and coordinates civil marriage ceremonies.


For information on registration of Birth or how to obtain a Birth Certificate visit Service Ontario.


How to Register a Death

All deaths that occur in Gravenhurst are registered through the Municipality.

For deaths occurring in the Town of Gravenhurst, a funeral director usually prepares the Statement of Death (Form 15) which includes information about the deceased.

The physician or coroner present at the time of death also completes the Medical Certificate of Death (Form 16) containing information on the cause of death.

The funeral director forwards both forms to the Town Division Registrar (Clerk or designate). Once recorded by the Town, forms are sent to the Office of the Registrar General (Thunder Bay, ON) for registration.

Any information regarding deaths must be obtained from the Office of the Registrar General.

How to obtain a Death Certificate

You can get a Death Certificate Applications from Service Ontario, or by downloading the Request for Death Certificate Form from their website.

Contact our Legislative Services Department for more details about the Town's Death Registration process.

You can also get more info by visiting the Office of the Registrar General's Webpage  or calling 1-800-461-2156.


Marriage Licence Application

Prior to getting married in the Province of Ontario, you need to obtain a Marriage Licence. The Licence is valid for up to 90 days (3 months) and is valid for use anywhere in Ontario.

You must be 18 years old to obtain a license, or have parental/guardian consent. Please contact us for further information.


Provide 2 pieces of government-issued identification for each person getting married. 1 piece of identification must include your photo.

Examples of government-issued identification:

  • government-issued Birth Certificate, including any change of name certificates
  • valid Passport
  • Record of Immigrant Landing
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • valid Driver's Licence
  • valid Ontario Photo Card
  • valid Ontario Health Card with photo

Previously Married Individuals

Information you should know before the Town issues a Marriage Licence is as follows:

Divorce issued in Canada:

An original Certificate of Divorce (Decree Absolute or a Court Certified copy) must be presented with an original signature and seal.

Out of Country Divorce:

Approval is required from the Office of the Registrar General.

For further information please view the Town of Gravenhurst's Foreign Divorce Information Reference

Application & Fee

Licenses are issued Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Appointments recommended). Please note the Municipal Office is closed on Statutory Holidays.

 For more information on getting married in Ontario, please visit the Ontario Government website.

Civil Marriage Ceremonies

The Town has Wedding Officials available to perform marriage ceremonies.

  • The Wedding Officials are appointed by the Town under the Ontario Marriage Act.
  • Ceremonies can take place anywhere in the Town of Gravenhurst or at the Municipal Office during regular office hours.

Booking a civil marriage ceremony and fee:

  • All marriage ceremonies are booked through the Legislative Services Department 
  • Please view our Civil Marriage Application and Booking Agreement Fee: $325.00 (subject to change every January 1)
  • A mandatory pre-ceremony meeting with both applicants is required with the Wedding Official
  • Cancellation fees apply.
  • This service excludes the Marriage Licence fee or additional meeting requirements. View the section above on how to obtain a Marriage Licence.
  • Witness fee: If you do not have a witness, one can be provided. A fee of $25.00 per witness will be charged.

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