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Notice to FE-1, FE-2, TSO-1, TSO-2, and TSO-2 (Restricted) operator licensees: Time to renew your BAO licence

The BAO reminds Funeral Establishment and Transfer Service Operators that your Annual Licensure Renewal (ALR) is due by December 31, 2022. 
Please access the BAO Licensee Portal to download your operator renewal form. Then, by no later than December 31st, please submit your completed renewal form, payment and the Attestation form for your holding and/or embalming room using one of the following options, in order of preference:  

  • By email to Licensing@TheBAO.ca
  • By fax to 647-748-2645; or 
  • By mail or courier to: 
    Bereavement Authority of Ontario 
    100 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 505 
    Toronto, ON M2N 6N5 


The operator renewal fee is payable by Visa, Mastercard, cheque or money order. Fees have gone up this year by 13.6%, which represents an inflationary increase, as per a previous BAO notice.   

Paying by cheque? Please include the operator licence number in the memo section. 

Late fee: Renewals received by email/fax or postmarked after December 31st will be subject to a late fee of $227.20.  

Holding/Embalming Room Report: 

The BAO is no longer requiring holding/embalming room inspections by local public health units for licence renewal purposes.  

Instead, it is up to each site manager to self-report on their holding/embalming room(s) from now on, using the Attestations for Holding and Embalming Rooms Form on this page under the Applications Form tab.  

Do you manage more than one location? 

If you manage more than one location, you will receive an email shortly from one of our Licensing Officers with your renewal forms attached.  

Operator wall licences: 

Wall licences are no longer being issued, as they are no longer required to be displayed, as per a previous BAO notice

Changes to Officers/Directors/Shareholders: 

If you are reporting any changes to officers, directors, or shareholders, you will need to provide copies of supporting corporate documentation, as applicable: 

  • Articles of Incorporation / Amalgamation / Amendment (whichever is most recent) 
  • Officers and Directors registers, or Ontario Form 1 – Initial Notice / Notice of Change re. Officers and Directors, or in the case of a federal corporation, the equivalent federal documents from Industry Canada 
  • Shareholder’s register confirming equity ownership 

Also, any transfer of shares that results in a change of controlling ownership (transfer/sale of 51% or more of the equity shares) requires a business licence application. Before applying, we recommend you speak to one of our Licensing Officers for more information first.  


You are welcome to call and speak to one of our Licensing Officers at 647-483-2645 or 1-844-493-6356 or send an email to Licensing@TheBAO.ca

Thank you for your cooperation, 
The BAO Licensing Team