Births, Marriage, and Deaths: Civil Registrations

As civil registration (birth, marriage and death records) is not a federal jurisdiction,  Library and Archives Canada does not hold the civil registers and does not issue certificates.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the provinces and territories began keeping civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, often called vital statistics. Before that time, births, marriages and deaths were recorded in parish registers.

Today, the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths is a provincial and territorial responsibility. Inquiries concerning access and fees must be addressed to the appropriate office.

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