Becoming an Officiant
Are you interested in becoming an Ontario Humanist Society registered
Officiant? 2022 training is conditional on receipt of a minimum number of
qualified applicants. Applications from qualified candidates (see below) are
accepted throughout 2021, with a cut-off date of October 31, 2021. We regret
that late applications will not be considered.
The Ceremonies Committee will not accept applications:
after the October 31st deadline
for one-time ceremonies
from anyone with a conflict of interest (i.e. operation of a Wedding/Event
Planning business or any other wedding-related business)
from anyone not meeting the minimum requirements
The Ceremonies Committee encourages applications from areas where OHS does not already have Officiants or is currently under-represented: Ajax, Alliston, Brampton, Brockville, Cobourg, Cornwall, Petawawa, Deep River, Pembroke, London, Oshawa, Peterborough, Prince Edward County/Belleville/Trenton area, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Timmons, Westport, Windsor, and areas in Northern Ontario.
Information for Prospective Officiant Applicants
Officiants undergo rigorous vetting consisting of several steps and stages before eligibility. We want to ensure that all candidates are qualified, responsible and champions for the Ontario Humanist Society.
To qualify as an applicant the following minimum requirements apply:
You must support a Humanist philosophy, be familiar with Humanist core values and principles and be able to discuss and present your understanding to others.
You must agree with the Bylaws and Objectives of the Ontario Humanist Society published on the OHS website.
You must be an active Humanist, and a member in good standing of your local/regional/Provincial Humanist association or group for a minimum period of one year before applying.
A two-year membership in OHS is required to be considered as an applicant for Officiant training, effective November 1st 2022. One year membership in a local Humanist association recognized by OHS may be credited towards this requirement.
You must have attended at least one OHS AGM. Please note that due to COVID restrictions the 2021 AGM has been moved to November 14th via Zoom. Because this occurs after the application deadline, for 2021 only we will accept applicants who attend the November 14th meeting to meet this requirement.
You must complete an online course on Humanism (available at https://humanism.org.uk/education/courses/) and provide proof of completion.
If there is no local Humanist organization or association in your area, we encourage you to become active with the Provincial association (OHS), or you may decide to establish a local group in your area. Financial assistance may be available to you for this. Information on Ontario Humanist organizations is available at: http://ontariohumanists.ca/ontario-humanist-groups
We also encourage you to become active online, and to demonstrate a local commitment to Humanism in your community through community involvement, and other relevant activities.
In addition to the above, successful applicants will have:
Significant life experience that is relevant to the role of a Humanist Officiant
A post-secondary degree, diploma or equivalent training and life experience as assessed by the OHS Ceremonies Committee
Ability and interest in public speaking and group discussion, a genuine interest in celebrating rites of passage and the interpersonal skills to discuss such events with a diverse group of individuals
Ability to comfortably explain the philosophy of Secular Humanism to others, especially to the general public whom you may meet at public gatherings
Experience as a self-employed professional or have the capacity to establish and manage a small business, including record-keeping
A valid driver’s licence and/or access to a car or other reliable means of transportation in areas without effective mass transportation.
Officiant candidates will be asked for two references. While a reference from an OHS member is preferred, it is not required. However, we remind prospective candidates that active involvement with and a genuine commitment to Humanism is expected.
When you meet all the above requirements, and then wish to apply for consideration, please provide a summary of your qualifications in an e-mail cover letter, and send it together with your resume to email@example.com for further information.
Ceremonies Committee and Training Team
OHS Officiant Program