Marriage, whether religious or civil, is a commitment by two persons who must be at least 16 years old, and have obtained the consent of their parents or guardian if they are under 18 years of age.
Civil union is a commitment by two persons, aged 18 or older, who publicly express their free and informed consent to live together as a couple and uphold the rights and obligations that derive from this civil status.
The Declaration of marriage or civil union is mandatory under the Civil Code of Québec. It enables the Directeur de l'état civil to produce the act of marriage or civil union and enter it in the register of civil status of Québec.
This entry in the register of civil status:
provides legal proof of the marriage or civil union;
enables the married or civil union spouses to obtain a certificate or copy of the act of marriage or civil union.
How to declare a marriage or civil union:
The future married or civil union spouses select a person who is legally authorized to perform a marriage or civil union.