Under the FBCSA, you need a Crematorium Operator licence to operate a crematorium.
If you are licensed as a cemetery owner prior to July 1, 2012 and have a crematorium on your cemetery land, you will continue to be licensed to operate your cemetery and crematorium on a transitional basis when the FBCSA comes into effect. However, you will be required to complete and submit application forms for both a Cemetery Operator licence and a Crematorium Operator licence to the Bereavement Authority of Ontario for registration under the new Act. The Bereavement Authority of Ontario will send you an application form and notice of its due date.
If you are interested in operating a crematorium off cemetery property, you’ll need to submit a Crematorium Operator licence application along with the following information:
- Proof that your municipality has approved your plan to build a crematorium. Or, if your crematorium is to be located on government-owned Crown land, you must submit proof of approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
- A copy of an environmental compliance approval under Section 9 of the Environmental Protection Act. Contact the Ministry of the Environment for information on how to do this.
- Plans or drawings of the site, building, location of retorts, processing area and body storage area.
Following this, you’ll need to have a set of crematorium by-laws approved by the Registrar. The Registrar will also require proof that you have provisions in place for the proper identification of cremated remains.