Like marriage, civil union is a solemn act by which two people make a public commitment to:

  • live together;
  • respect the rights and obligations of a civil union.

However, unlike marriage, a civil union is valid only in Québec.

You must make this commitment before your intended spouse and an authorized officiant, who can be:

  • a civil officiant, such as a notary, court clerk, mayor or municipal councillor;
  • a designated officiant, including a close friend or relative such as your grandmother, cousin or best friend.

To be valid, your civil union must meet certain conditions, concerning:

If you civil union does not meet all the conditions, any interested person may oppose it or request its annulment.   

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