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Marriage Information

Marriage Licence Requirements

  1. A Marriage Licence can be issued only to either or both applicants.
  2. Both parties must be at least 18 years of age.  If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may marry if you have the consent in writing of both parents.  Other restrictions may apply.
  3. Both parties must sign the marriage application form.
  4. When issuing a Marriage Licence we require identification.  Please bring your Birth Certificate, (along with any Change of Name Certificates), current Passport, Record of Immigrant Landing or Canadian Citizenship Card, along with photo identification, for both applicants. Both applicants must show identification indicating current legal name, whether it is birth name, an assumed former spouse's name or a legal name obtained under the Change of Name Act.
  5. If you have been divorced within Canada, we will require the original Certificate of Divorce or Decree Absolute, or a Court Certified true copy of the same, from the Court in which the divorce was granted.  The Certificate of Divorce or Decree Absolute will be returned to the applicant.
  6. If you have been divorced outside of Canada, please check with this office for further instructions.
  7. Current Licence Fee: $100.00
  8. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please allow approximately 15-20 minutes to process your application.  Please phone ahead to make sure that the appropriate staff will be present to issue your Licence.
  9. The marriage ceremony must take place within three (3) months of the date of issue of the Marriage Licence.     

Application - please note:  in the parent section, the mother's maiden names are required.

Contact Information for Marriage Commissioners
Name Address Phone Number
Richard Madge 245 Shore Crescent
Goderich, ON  N7A 1Y6
(519) 524-9029
Melissa Synders 6185 Line 36, RR3
Mitchell, ON  N0K 1N0
(519) 301-0541
Jeff Sabin 199 Bennett Street West
Goderich, ON  N7A 1X7
(519) 524-7443
Kathy Young 113 Park Street
Goderich, ON  N7A 1K9
(519) 524-2820
Lori Vanstone 37204 Londesboro Road
Goderich, ON  N7A 3Y1

(519) 524-0343

Town of Goderich Parks suitable for your Special Occasion or Event

Lions Harbour Park

Adjacent to West Street at the top of the hill which goes down to the harbour and main beach.  This park has a picnic pavilion which can be reserved for a fee of $75.  It is a large treed park with a walk way that goes under a rose trellis.  Very accessible with a very peaceful feel. There is also a bandshell on site.  It has been the site for numerous weddings.

Bingham Park 

Wilson & Blake Streets has a lookout; it is treed and has a picnic area and a small play ground. It is frequently used for wedding photos.

Lighthouse Park

Cobourg Street is home to the Lighthouse. It looks out over Lake Huron and has a picnic area. It has been the site for numerous weddings.

Court House Park 

The Square in the centre of town.  It has a bandstand which can be reserved. It is in the middle of a traffic circle so it is a busier park area.  It is the location of many Town of Goderich events.

Gaol Bank

North of Gloucester Terrace between North Street and Victoria Street. It overlooks the Maitland River and has the Lions Lookout, Salt Cairn on site as well as a picnic area and swing set. There may be more traffic due to the proximity to Hwy. #21.  

Sunset Park

Essex Street at the end of Britannia Road West. It has a picnic area, field for games and lookout.

Taylor Morrison Park

North of Caledonia between Waterloo Street and North Street. It overlooks the Maitland River and has a picnic area and swing set.

All the parks in Goderich are public and we take pride in maintaining them for everyone's pleasure.  Your choice of park will depend on the size of your special occasion/event and your preference. To ensure that the park is available and/or ready for your event please contact Town Hall with your request to use a particular park.

Please review the policy on marriages being performed on Municipal lands and buildings in the Town of Goderich.

To request the use of a park/beach for a wedding ceremony, please complete the request form and return it to the Town Hall.

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Goderich Town Hall: 57 West Street, Goderich, ON N7A 2K5, Phone: 519-524-8344, Email:
Tourism Goderich: Phone: 519-524-6600, Toll-Free: 1-800-280-7637, Email:

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