Cornwall City Council 

Clerk’s Department
PREPARED BY: CN=Manon Poirier/OU=CITYHALL/O=CityCornwall 
REPORT DATE: 04/24/2009
MEETING DATE: May 11, 2009 07:00 PM
SUBJECT:Marriage Solemnizations - By-law 2009-063



To amend By-law 001-2005 which By-law is to authorize civil marriage solemnization services in the City of Cornwall.


(a) That Council authorizes civil marriage solemnization services to be provided within the City of Cornwall and outside of its boundaries, in accordance to Ontario Regulation 285/04 and the Marriage Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter M3 for the Province of Ontario.

(b) That Council authorize a new Rehearsal Fee in the amount $30.00 and a new Witness Fee in the amount $30.00.


Any additional fees collected will increase the Clerk's Department's projected 2009 revenues.


On January 10, 2005, Council endorsed By-law 001-2005, which By-law is to authorize civil marriage solemnization services in the City of Cornwall.

Since the implementation of this By-law, many requests have been received by the City Clerk's office to provide this service beyond the boundaries of the City of Cornwall. These requests are usually requested by persons wishing to be married in their homes, back yards, parks, etc., in the surrounding areas. It is therefore desirous to expand the territory in which we provide this service in order to accomodate special requests. Any additional revenues will increase the Clerk's Department's 2009 Budget submissions.

The City Clerk's Office also receives requests from clients who may be new Cornwall residents or out-of-City or out-of-Province clients and cannot provide for two witnesses. At those times, the Clerk's office is called upon to provide the witnesses for the ceremony. In addition, we are asked to assist some clients with the coordination of their wedding rehearsals prior to the ceremony.

When asked to provide witnesses, we must rely on the assistance of two municipal staff members and it is therefore recommended that, when this service is requested, a $30.00 fee be imposed. As for the Rehearsal Fee, it is also recommended that a $30.00 fee be imposed.


April 29, 2009 04:10 PM
Manon L. Poirier
Deputy Clerk
April 30, 2009 09:23 AM
Denise Labelle-Gelinas
City Clerk
April 30, 2009 09:37 AM
Maureen Adams
G.M.Financial Services
April 30, 2009 10:36 AMPaul W. Fitzpatrick
Chief Administrative Officer


Motion to approve the recommendation as presented.

Moved By: Denis Thibault, Councillor
Seconded By: Bernadette Clément, Councillor