Halifax is happy to welcome all members of the LGBTQ community to our region! Here are some resources to help plan your trip!
Here are a number LGBTQ Halifax websites:
LGBT Halifax Events – for a list of all events LGBTQ
Gay Halifax – for a list of gay bars, theatre, music venues, sporting groups and more
Halifax Pride – The organization for our famous Halifax Pride Parade and many other events
Halifax LGBT Business Association – To provide business information and statistics to those in the LGBTQ communutity
Wayves Magazine – Stay updated on LGBTQ activities in Atlantic Canada
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
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.
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 license is $132 + tax
- The fee for the marriage ceremony is set by agreement between the Clergy and couple being married
- 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.
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
Halifax Customer Service Centre
5201 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1N9
Where can members of the LGBTQ community get married in Halifax?
Many LGBTQ friendly options exist in Halifax. Consider tying the knot: on board a Tall Ship in the Halifax Harbour, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 or within the star-shaped fortress at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
For a listing of the best gay-friendly venues, click here!
Click here for a full list of LGBTQ friendly wedding officiants in Nova Scotia