The Law introducing diverse legislative modifications to reinforce the protection of persons ( RLRQ, 2016, Chapter 12) received official sanction on June 8, 2016. This law introduces certain measures pertaining to civil status that will be enacted at a later date to be determined by the government with exception to the following which is already in force:
Before June 8, 2016, a minor wishing to be married had to obtain the authorization of the titular parental authority or, if applicable, the tutor. As of this date, a person of 16 or 17 years of age who wishes to marry must first obtain from the courts the permission to marry. However, a transition disposition established in Art. 48, a.2 of this law, provides that, if consent had been obtained from the parental authority or, if applicable, the tutor prior to the date of June 8,2016, the marriage of the minor remains governed by Art. 373 of the Quebec Civil Code as read before this date on condition that the marriage be solemnized within the following six (6) months of said date.
For more information, consult the Justice Quebec web site or contact us.
Letter to officiants from Québec's Minister of Justice, reminding them of their duty to send all declarations of marriage to the registrar of civil status. Letter to officiants from Québec's Minister of Justice
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Québec, September 5, 2015 – Ms. Stéphanie Vallée, Minister responsible for the fight against homophobia, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Québec and Minister responsible for the Status of Women announces the adoption by the Conseil du trésor of the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting change of name and of other particulars of civil status. For more information »»
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On March 1, 2014, certain articles of the Act to amend the Civil Code as regards civil status, successions and the publication of rights (2013, chapter 27) , adopted on December 6, 2013, come into force. They entail modifications regarding notice of a change of name and of a change of designation of sex.
The entry into force of these articles means that a citizen will no longer be required to publish, in newspapers and in the Gazette officielle du Québec, notice of an application for a change of given name when it is clear that the change requested relates to a modification of sexual identity, of an application for a change of name concerning a child under six months of age or of an application for a change of designation of sex appearing on an act of birth. In addition, the Directeur de l’état civil is no longer required to publish notice of its decisions authorizing such applications.
This year marks the Directeur de l'état civil's 20th anniversary. The office was established by the government on January 1, 1994, when the Civil Code of Québec came into force.
A single officer of civil status and a single register
From the early 1600s until 1993, civil status was administered by thousands of public officers, mainly ministers of religion and prothonotaries. During that period, 17 million acts were entered in 425,000 registers in 3,600 different locations.
On January 1, 1994, the registrar of civil status became the sole officer of civil status in Québec. At the same time, all papers were centralized in a single register, the civil status register.
Since then, the Directeur de l'état civil has not stopped developing organizationally to ensure the integrity of the civil status register and to provide citizens with quality services adapted to their needs.
The slogan 20 years at the heart of citizens' lives highlights the Directeur de l’état civil's involvement with citizens and the central role the office plays in terms of collective memory, identity, the exercise of civil rights and access to government programs and services.
On December 6, 2013, the National Assembly of Québec passed the Act to amend the Civil Code as regards civil status, successions and the publication of rights (2013, chapter 27) . The Act entails various changes regarding civil status.
Changes that come into force on December 6, 2013
Modifications facilitating the gradual implementation, by the Directeur de l’état civil, of new online services that will enable declarations of birth or death to be sent electronically, such as eliminating the requirement for citizens to have the declaration signed by a witness or to enclose a copy of the attestation of birth or death.
Granting the Directeur de l’état civil the power to draw up the act of death of a missing person when the court has found someone guilty of acts causing the person's death or the disappearance of the person's body.
Granting the Directeur de l’état civil the power, subject to certain conditions, to change the designation of sex that appears on the act of birth of a person who was born in Québec but is no longer domiciled there, when it is impossible to make such a change in the country where the person is domiciled.
Measures that will come into force at a later date to be determined by the government
It will no longer be necessary to publish notices of applications in newspapers and in the Gazette officielle du Québec with respect to applications for a change of given name when it is clear that the change requested relates to a modification of sexual identity, applications for a change of name concerning a child under six months of age, and applications for a change of the designation of sex appearing on an act of birth. In addition, the Directeur de l’état civil will no longer be required to publish notices of its decisions authorizing such applications.
The requirement for a person to have undergone medical treatment and surgery in order to obtain a change of the designation of sex that appears on his or her act of birth will be removed and replaced by new conditions to be determined by regulation.
Since December 9, 2010, new fees apply to obtain a certificate or a copy of an act of birth, marriage, civil union or death.
The new fees vary according to the method of application. They take into account the costs incurred to process an application according to each method. The most expensive method is therefore counter service, while Internet service is the most economical.
Certain citizens now have access to DEClic! Express, a new online service to apply for certificates and copies of an act. This service is similar to DEClic!, which was initiated in December 2007.
DEClic! Express is exclusively designed for new parents and new spouses, facilitating their transactions with the Directeur de l'état civil. To benefit from this service, you have to have received a notice of confirmation of birth, marriage or civil union bearing a rapid and secure access number (RSAN). Only notices of confirmation mailed since April 19, 2010 bear a RSAN.
You may now give your consent to have the Directeur de l'état civil forward your social insurance number with information on the birth of your child to the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, which administers the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP).
To give your consent, you must complete and sign the Notice to parents - Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) section of the Directeur de l'état civil's Declaration of Birth form.
Even if you give your consent, you must still file an application with the Ministère to receive QPIP benefits. However, doing so will speed up the procedure since you will not have to provide your child's birth certificate.
For more information, go to the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) website.
After having obtained two OCTAS from the Fédération de l'informatique du Québec (now Réseau Action TI), in May 2008, the DÉClic online service has earned further recognition by receiving the public administration excellence award.
The Directeur de l'état civil's contribution, which allows better access to improved, integrated services focussing on citizens and puts information technologies to good use, was fully recognized through the discernment of the award of excellence in the "online government" category at the annual l’Institut d’administration publique du Québec (IAPQ) gala held at the Québec City convention Centre on November 18, 2008.
Every year, the IAPQ acknowledges the public sector's remarkable achievements in a contest whose winners are recognized at a gala comprising seven categories.
The Directeur de l'état civil would like to congratulate the other finalists in the "online government" category:
The Directeur de l'état civil would like to extend its warmest thanks the IAPQ for its role in recognizing excellence in the Québec public service.