Civil Marriage of Non-residents Act

An Act to amend the Civil Marriage Act

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2013.


Rob Nicholson  Conservative


This bill has received Royal Assent and is now law.


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Civil Marriage Act in order to provide that all marriages performed in Canada between non-residents, whether they are of the same sex or of the opposite sex, that would be valid in Canada if the spouses were domiciled in Canada are valid for the purposes of Canadian law even if one or both of the non-residents do not, at the time of the marriage, have the capacity to enter into it under the law of their respective state of domicile. It also establishes a new divorce process that allows a Canadian court to grant a divorce to non-resident spouses who reside in a state where a divorce cannot be granted to them because that state does not recognize the validity of their marriage.


All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, an excellent resource from the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.


June 18th, 2013 / 8 p.m.
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York—Simcoe Ontario


Peter Van Loan ConservativeLeader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I move:

That, notwithstanding any Standing or Special Order or usual practice of the House:

Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Civil Marriage Act, shall be

(i) deemed read a second time and referred to a Committee of the Whole;

(ii) deemed considered in a Committee of the Whole and reported with the following amendment: “That Bill C-32, in clause 4, be amended by replacing line 10 on page 3 with the following:

'consent, on presentation of an order from the court or a'”;

(iii) deemed concurred in at the report stage, as amended, and deemed read a third time and passed.