Warning Part 2: Ontario Government NOT Shredding Your Marriage License

My post Warning: Ontario Government Shredding Your Marriage License received a lot of attention. Well, I got a phone call from the responsible area in the government who cleared this all up.

On Tuesday, I posted an article on how the Ontario Government was going to shred your marriage license if proper postage was not affixed on the envelope. A letter from the government certainly seemed to state in no uncertain terms that this fate was sealed. Interestingly, although this letter was addressed to wedding officiants, it was distributed through City Halls to brides and grooms when they purchased their marriage license. It was rather a surprise to us wedding officiants to get this letter through our clients and not directly from the government.

In the spirit of wanting to inform folks, I posted my article warning of this issue. It became very popular. So popular in fact that many comments to my post seemed to add to the confusion.

Today, I received a call from the Director of Thunder Bay Production and Verification Services Branch. She confirmed that, in fact, the contested letter was distributed to City Halls in mid-December 2015. On January 22, 2016, a letter was issued correcting the information on the previous letter. You can see it for yourself below.

Information Note Page 1

Information Note Page 2

PDF Version: Officiant Information Note Jan 2016

As you can see it states that the previous letter was sent with incorrect information (ie shredding) and steps are being taken to ensure that this does not happen again.

Postage paid envelopes will still be accepted until December 31, 2016.

New envelopes require postage and a return address as per normal mail.

There will be no shredding of marriage licenses.

I appreciate that the Ontario Government has apologized for the mis-information and confusion. A further email I received states,

“If people wish to contact us for more information they can reach us at CEO@Ontario.ca.”

Whew, all is well. I am grateful for the government officials who contacted me for the clarification.




  1. Good of you to post updated and give corrected information. Hopefully you’ve learned the valuable lesson of fact-checking and due diligence BEFORE posting.

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