The Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) administers provisions of the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA) for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS).
The BAO is responsible for the licensing and enforcement of cemetery, crematorium, funeral establishments, funeral directors, funeral pre-planners, transfer service operators and transfer service sales representatives.
MGCS is responsible for legislation and regulations, and for providing oversight of the BAO. MGCS has also retained responsibility for burial sites, war graves, cemetery closures and abandonments.
MGCS monitors the performance of the BAO to ensure that marketplace standards are maintained through reporting and accountability mechanisms such as business plans, annual reports and third-party audits.