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The baby-boom period (1946 to 1965) was a time when couples married relatively young and by current standards had large families.

Today, the trend for an aging population continues, and there are more couples without children.

During the Great Depression the rate fell, presumably related to high unemployment and negative economic conditions.

During and following the Second World War there were fewer single men, which lowered the number of marrying couples.

Marriages that are legally performed in a foreign country are usually valid in Canada, and you do not need to register them in Canada.

Marrying a citizen of another country may automatically make you a citizen of that country.

Most countries require a valid Canadian passport and a certificate issued by your province or territory stating that there are no legal impediments to your marriage.

You should obtain the certificate before you leave Canada.

Canadian consular officials do not perform marriage ceremonies, and they do not have to attend a marriage ceremony in a foreign country.

If you are planning to be married in a foreign country, you should contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country where the marriage will occur to determine the legal requirements for your marriage.

Canadian government offices abroad can also provide information about laws and regulations in the countries where they are located.

A potential partner may consider marriage to a Canadian citizen as a ticket to an immigrant visa.

Many Canadians have quit their jobs, given up their homes and sold all their belongings in anticipation of an overseas union that immediately fails or never occurs.

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