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We welcome everyone — of ALL races, genders, orientations, abilities, cultures, languages, marital statuses, and wherever you may be in your own personal faith journey.

ADO ordained clergy include women and people from the 2SLGBTQI+ community. And, yes, same-sex marriages are possible here.

Becoming Anglican: Related Questions & Answers

Have another question? Please contact the priest at your local Anglican church. They will be pleased to speak with you and answer any questions.

This map and Find-A-Church tool will help you find Anglican churches in our ADO region.

You can search by name or location to find a church near you.

Details and fees vary from church to church. Please contact the priest at the church where you hope to be married to find out more.

You can also learn about our online marriage preparation course here.


Yes, in principle, but permission must first be sought from the diocesan [ADO region] bishop. You will need to apply for permission through the parish priest.

Find your local Anglican church here.

In our ADO region, priests are permitted to perform same-sex marriages.

Please contact the priest in the church where you wish to get married to find out more.

Find your local Anglican church here

You can become a member of the Anglican Church of Canada (“an Anglican”) by regularly attending your local Anglican church and contributing to its life and work (its “ministry”).

That is all it takes – and Anglican churches welcome everyone.

You can find your local ADO Anglican church here.

The Anglican Church of Canada has its roots in the Church of England, which separated from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century. Influenced by the Protestant Reformation, the new English church simplified rituals and introduced the Book of Common Prayer (1549), which enabled services in English instead of Latin. At the same time, the church preserved certain traditions, including the early church creeds and the succession of bishops from the line of the apostles. Because of this history, Anglicanism is sometimes referred to as “Reformed Catholicism.”

Anglicanism travelled abroad with British colonial expansion. In 1578, near present-day Iqaluit, NU, a chaplain celebrated the Eucharist as a member of Martin Frobisher’s Arctic expedition. This was the first Anglican Eucharist in what is now Canada, but it wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries that Anglicanism truly took hold, as military chaplains, Loyalists, and British immigrants fanned out and settled across the growing colony.

Missionaries arrived as well, endeavouring to meet the spiritual needs of settlers and to evangelize Indigenous Peoples.

Gradually the Canadian church carved out its own identity. In 1787, Charles Inglis of Nova Scotia became the first bishop in British North America. More dioceses cohered as the population grew, and in 1893, the dioceses created the national body of General Synod. In 1955, the church changed its name from “the Church of England in the Dominion of Canada” to “the Anglican Church of Canada.”

Today the Anglican Church of Canada is an independent, self-governing church in communion with the other 44 churches of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It includes more than 500,000 members in nearly 1,700 parishes, and like Canada, the church has become culturally diverse. On any given Sunday the tradition of common prayer is expressed across Canada in many languages, including Inuktitut, French, Spanish, and Cree.

-Provided by the Anglican Church of Canada

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“Anglican prayers reflect our strong belief in the goodness of creation. Nature is God’s creation and a source of God’s revelation. God created humans as a part of the natural world and made us stewards of creation.
We have a responsibility to care for the environment. Likewise, we believe we are called to work toward making society a just and nurturing place for all people.”

-Dr. Patricia Bays, Anglican Diocese of Ottawa (ADO)


Interested in becoming Anglican or visiting your local church?
Clergy at any parish will be pleased to answer your questions.