04/03/2013 02:02 EDT | Updated 06/03/2013 05:12 EDT

Marriage Licences In Canada: Nova Scotia Ditches Five-Day Waiting Period

HALIFAX - If you are planning to get married in Nova Scotia, the government wants to make it easier for you to get down the aisle.

Service Nova Scotia Minister John MacDonell says an amendment to the Solemnization of Marriage Act would eliminate the five-day waiting period between the time a licence is applied for and when it can be picked up.

MacDonell says the waiting period was first introduced in 1931 and is believed to have been put in place to allow time for sober second thought.

He says the change recognizes that adults don't need a government dictated waiting period to decide whether marriage is right for them.

MacDonell says the change would be more efficient for the government because once the amendment becomes law, it will be able to deal with applications on the same day.

Nova Scotia is the last province to have a waiting period for marriage licences.

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