Canadian Burial Laws: What The Laws Say And How They Apply To You


If you are planning ahead for your own burial service, be aware that there are multiple laws, regulations, and codes restricting burials, cremations and the operation of funeral homes in Ontario, Canada. Although this is not unusual for most developed countries, you should become familiar with what these laws say so you and your surviving family members understand how the laws apply to your pre-death funerary arrangements. Some laws are fairly common knowledge, while others are not.

No Irregular Burial Sites

This particular ordinance helps support the illegality of burying a body in the woods or out of sight of witnesses. In actuality, it was meant to keep private property owners from burying relatives on their own land, but it works for both murder victims and known deceased. Ergo, if you have several hectares of land and want to be buried on it, it is not allowed in Ontario. You will have to find land in another province that has less strict burial laws.

Veteran Burial Grounds

Unless you make a special request of the federal and provincial governments, you cannot bury a veteran anywhere else but in a veteran cemetery without special permission. Removal of veteran remains after he or she has been buried in the veterans' cemetery in Ontario is also forbidden. If you are a veteran but would prefer to be buried with your entire family in another location, be sure to file all the necessary paperwork to get permission from the military and the government.

Aboriginal Burial Grounds

There are exceptions to every rule, as is the case with aboriginal peoples of Canada. If you are part of a native tribe in Ontario, the government has set aside land and graves in accordance with your people's traditions. This allows you the option to have either a traditional native burial service or a typical Euro-Canadian burial service instead. Your remains may be buried either way without special permission from the federal and provincial governments, so be sure to tell your funeral director and/or tribe elders which you would prefer.

Atheist, Agnostic and Other Services

If you are not Christian or you do not acknowledge any other religion as your own, you may want to leave very specific instructions for your funeral and burial. Since the concept of burial in sanctified ground is a very Christian action, atheists and agnostics may choose to be cremated instead. Your ashes may be scattered in accordance with Ontario's laws and you are free to deny any sort of service by a clergy. Just inform the funeral home of your particular persuasion and preferences.


11 August 2015

Helping People Recover from Grief

Are you searching for a new career? Perhaps, more than anything, you want to do something that makes a positive difference in others’ lives. If you can relate to this scenario, consider obtaining a job at a funeral home. At a funeral home, you can help people give their loved ones beautiful, memorable burials. Some of your duties might include helping people select caskets, decide on the order of funeral services, and choose a minister to speak at funeral services. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks employees at funeral homes complete on a daily basis. Enjoy!