The Bereavement Authority of Ontario was established as a Delegated Administrative Authority (DAA) on January 16, 2016 under the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act, 1996. The BAO administers provisions of the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA), which governs the bereavement sector in the province of Ontario.

The Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA) received Royal Assent in the Ontario Legislature on December 13, 2002. In February 2011, the FBCSA was proclaimed in force to take effect July 1, 2012. The new Act consolidates and modernizes two statutes, the Cemeteries Act (Revised) and the Funeral Directors and Establishments Act. The FBCSA provides the framework for the regulation of the bereavement sector including cemeteries, funeral establishments and funeral directors, transfer services, crematoriums and staff employed by these businesses.

The FBCSA defines key terms, specifies what businesses are covered and spells out consumer rights and entitlements, generally at a high level. The regulations provide more details on matters dealt with in the Act. Therefore, the Act and regulations should always be read together.

You may view the current legislation, available in both English and French here:

For the BAO’s plain language guide to reading the FBCSA and its regulations, please click here.

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