Here are a number links to other useful Halifax websites:
- LGBT Halifax Events
- Halifax Pride
- Wayves Magazine
- Fun Maps
- The Coast
- Nova Scotia Tourism (www.novascotia.com)
- Via Rail
- Travel Gay Canada (view Travel Gay Canada Program Opportunities)
- Gay and Lesbian Convention and Visitors Bureau (view TAG Program)
Marriage licenses and queries
What do I need to get married in Nova Scotia?
To get married, you need to bring with you:
- birth certificates for individuals planning to get married
- the passports (or an official ID)
- your social insurance number (for Canadian living outside);
- divorced decree (if married before).
What is the process I need to take to get married in Nova Scotia?
1. Application Process: A couple who wants to be married first gets a marriage license and takes it to a clergyperson, judge or justice of the peace. They perform the marriage ceremony and then complete the official marriage registration, which then becomes the official record of the marriage.
Issuing Department / Agency: Vital Statistics Office, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
Where can you get this Certificate and / or further information?
Phone Outside of Nova Scotia: (902) 424-4381
Toll-Free in Nova Scotia: 1-877-848-2578
Hours: 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except Holidays).
Visit Vital Statistics Office:
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
Joseph Howe Building
1690 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J9
Write: P.O. Box 157
Halifax, NS B3J 2M9
Fax: (902) 424-0678
2. The clergyperson, judge or justice of the peace then returns the documents to the Deputy Issuer of Marriage Licenses, who then forwards them to Vital Statistics.
3. When anyone is married in Nova Scotia, that marriage needs to be officially registered by the Vital Statistics Office of the Government of Nova Scotia. This formal documentation is your proof of marriage. http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/paal/VSTAT/paal308.asp
4. Within 48 hours the official marriage registration is supposed to be forwarded by the clergyperson, judge or justice of the peace to the Deputy Issuer of Marriage Licenses, who then forwards it to Vital Statistics for signing.
What are the costs for this process?
- The marriage registration itself is free. The fee for the marriage ceremony is set by agreement between the Clergy and couple being married.
- The fee is set by the Crown if the marriage is performed by a Judge or Justice of the Peace in chamber (courtroom).
- If the marriage is performed by a Judge or Justice of the Peace anywhere other than in a courtroom, then the fee for the ceremony is set by agreement between the Judge and the couple being married.
Other sites to visit:
Marriage: License, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations: Vital Statistics
Marriage: Registration of Clergy, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations: Vital Statistics
Marriage certificates are issued from Service Nova Scotia. http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/vitalstats/marriage-certificate.asp
Where can members of the LGBT community get married in Halifax?
Several options exist in Halifax, however, Metropolitan Community Church Safe Harbour Church (Bloomfield) is a Christian Church with a special welcoming and affirming ministry for The Rainbow Community
Other unique settings to consider tying the knot: onboard a Tall Ship in Halifax Harbour, at Canada’s Ellis Island – Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 or within the star-shaped fortress at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.