Want to get married at Hamilton City Hall? Well you can't...yet


City Hall marriage ceremonies seem like they should be a thing in Hamilton, no?

Well, as it stands right now, they're not!

A City of Hamilton report from November, however, is recommending that the city start offering these services to Hamiltonians.

But first, the city is asking for feedback from the public.

The city is asking for public input to be sent to Janet Pilon, Manager, Legislative Services/Deputy Clerk at Janet [dot] Pilon [at] hamilton [dot] ca. From now until Feb. 5 at 4:30 pm.

The Governance Review Sub-Committee will be considering staff's recommendations from the November report and all of the comments received from the public at their meeting on Feb. 12.

The matter will then be referred to the Audit, Finance & Administration Committee at their Feb. 20 meeting.

"Over the last five years, the City of Hamilton has issued an average of 2211 marriage licences annually, with an interest from approximately 45 per cent of the applicants of the licences issued, for a civil marriage ceremony at City Hall," the November report says.

The report goes on to say that in consulting other nearby municipalities, it became apparent that Hamilton should follow suit.

How much will this service likely cost? Here's a breakdown of proposed fees, which the report says is the average among neighbouring cities:

  • Civil Marriage Ceremony
    $339.00 (includes HST), a cancellation fee would apply in the amount of $113.00 (includes HST).
  • Civil Marriage Ceremony - Renewal of Vows
    $56.50 (includes HST), a cancellation fee would apply in the amount of $28.25 (includes HST).
  • Civil Marriage Ceremony - Witness Fee
    $28.25 (includes HST) per witness

If this all goes through, the city will start by offering solemnization ceremonies at City Hall during business hours.

And we'll all live happily ever after.

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