The Municipal Clerk's Department is an essential link between Bancroft, the General Public and Municipal Council.

    The primary role of the Municipal Clerk's Department is driven and dictated by Provincial Legislation:

    The Municipal Act, 2001;

    Municipal Elections Act;

    Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;

    Marriage Act;

    Vital Statistics Act;

The Clerk's Department is also responsible for maintaining and providing access to all By-laws enacted, amended and repealed by Municipal Council. A by-law is a law passed under the authority of a Provincial Act and is created as a way to address issues and concerns of the local community.

Other Services provided by the Clerk's Department include:

    Coordination of Council Meetings, Committee Meetings, Agendas and Minutes;

    Delegation Requests;

    Lottery Licensing;

    Commissioner of Oaths;

    Corporate Records Management;

    Freedom of Information;

    Accessibility and legislative requirements;

    Division Registrar for issuing Marriage Licenses and issuing Burial Permits through the Vital Statistics program;

    Overseeing and administering Municipal Elections every four (4) years; and

    Policy and Procedures.


Click here for Town by-laws.

Marriage Licences

Marriage Licensing 

Couples planning to marry in Ontario can get their marriage license through the Town of Bancroft.

Save time

Fill out the application form ahead of time, and bring it with you when you apply for your marriage license. The form must be complete, signed by both parties wishing to wed, and proper identification is required (see ID requirements below).

A license is valid anywhere in Ontario for 90 days from the date of issue. There is no waiting period between the date your license is issued to your date of marriage.


$150.00 payable when the licensed is issued. Please allow 3-4 days for processing of license.

Three Month Validity

Once issued, a Marriage License is valid for three months and may be used at any location within the Province of Ontario.

Both Signatures Required

The Marriage License Application form must be signed by bath parties.

Identification Required

Both parties must provide identification

Accepted identification is either:

  • A valid passport

OR one of the following

  • An original birth certificate and any change of name certificates
  • A record of Immigrant Landing
  • A Canadian Citizenship Card
  • A Permanent Resident Card

AND one these sources of photo ID

  • BYID age of majority
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ontario Photo ID card

Obtaining a license when on party is absent

Either applicant may submit the completed application form to the Town of Bancroft in order to obtain the Marriage License, provided that they present the required identification for both parties.

Widowed Applicants

Applicants who are widowed are required to provide proof of the death of their spouse

Divorced Application

Applicants who have been divorced within Canada are required to provide original or a court-certified copy of one of the three documents:

  • The final decree
  • The final judgment
  • A certificate of divorce

Lottery Licensing

Click here for lottery licensing information. 

Accountability and Transparency

Accountability and Transparency

The Council of the Corporation of the Town of Bancroft recognizes that municipal governments are some of the most open and transparent levels of government.  As such, the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Bancroft will ensure it is accountable to the public and that its actions are transparent to the public.

Council Responsibilities: 

Council recognizes that it is responsible to provide good government for its stakeholders in an accountable and transparent manner.   Council is guided by the following principles:

  • Encouraging public access and participation to ensure that decision making is responsive to the needs of its ratepayers and receptive to their opinions;
  • Delivering high quality services to the ratepayers; and
  • Promoting the efficient use of public resources.

Enhancing Public Trust: 

Accountability, transparency and openness are standards of good government that enhances public trust.  They are achieved through the Town adopting measures ensuring, to the best of its ability, that all activities and services are undertaken utilizing a process that is open and accessible to its ratepayers.  In addition, wherever possible, the Town will engage its ratepayers throughout its decision-making procession which will be open, visible and transparent to the public.

For more information, please view the Town’s Accountability and Transparency Policy.

Policies and Procedures

Click here for Town policies and procedures.

Make a Delegation to Council/Committee

To make a delegation to Council/committee, please fill out a Delegation Presentation Request Form

Any presentation materials are due the Tuesday preceding the council meeting at which you are presenting. Presentations may take place between 3 pm and 5 pm.

For any further information, please contact Amber McKenzie, Acting Clerk, at 613-332-3331 ext. 208 or via email at [email protected].