Policy Change for Issuing Temporary Clergy Licenses

May 18, 2018

The Vital Statistics Agency of BC has been increasingly diligent in scrutinizing requests for temporary clergy licenses, and this has necessitated a revision to our Licenses for the Solemnization of Marriage Policy. What was previously a wide-open door has become narrower for us in applying for temporary clergy licenses as we seek to comply with the Marriage Act of BC and the C&MA Ordination Policy.

Important changes to note in our policy include:

  • clarifications on workers who qualify for a temporary clergy license
  • a five-year limit for the granting of temporary clergy licenses to previously ordained former workers
  • methods for determining good standing for former workers
  • criteria for determining a wedding’s connection to a CPD church

Click here to read the Licenses for the Solemnization of Marriage Policy.

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy change, please contact our office.