Becoming an Officiant

Are you interested in becoming an Ontario Humanist Society Officiant? 2020 training will be conditional on receipt of a minimum number of applications in 2019. Applications from qualified candidates (see below) will be accepted throughout 2019, with a cut-off date of October 31, 2019.

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: 

  1. 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.
  2. You must agree with the Bylaws and Objectives of the Ontario Humanist Society published on the OHS website.
  3. 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. 
  4. You must be an active member of OHS for a minimum of one year at the time you submit an application.
  5. You must have attended at least one OHS AGM.
  6. You must complete an online course on Humanism  (available at https://humanism.org.uk/education/courses/)

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:

  1. Significant life experience that is relevant to the role of a Humanist Officiant
  2. A post-secondary degree, diploma or equivalent training and life experience as assessed by the OHS Ceremonies Committee
  3. 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
  4. Ability to comfortably explain the philosophy of Secular Humanism to others, especially to the general public whom you may meet at public gatherings
  5. Experience as a self-employed professional or have the capacity to establish and manage a small business, including record-keeping
  6. A valid driver’s licence and/or access to a car or other reliable means of transportation in areas without effective mass transportation.

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 applications@ontariohumanists.ca for further information.

Ceremonies Committee and Training Team

OHS Officiant Program