Notice to the Profession: Reminder – Changes to FBCSA on cemetery care and maintenance funds

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario is reminding licensees of changes to Ontario Regulation 30/11 under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA) to cemetery care and maintenance funds and accounts.

The changes, which come into force on Jan. 1, 2022, will:

  • Permit non-commercial cemetery operators to access the capital portion of a cemetery care and maintenance fund or account to increase the capacity of a cemetery. This is subject to approval from the Registrar of the BAO, under the condition that the capital is paid back into the trust fund or account.
  • Increase minimum care and maintenance fund/account contribution amounts. Please see the table for additional information, in:
  • Require the Minister to review the prescribed care and maintenance fund/account contribution amounts every five years.

This message was first sent to licensees on April 9, 2021

The BAO strongly encourages:

  • Municipalities to share this message with cemeteries in their areas, and inform them to send their email addresses or postal addresses to the BAO if they haven’t already.
    – Cemeteries can send to  
    Or if no email address, contact us at: 
    BAO, 100 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 505, Toronto, ON M2N 6N5 
  • Funeral establishments to share this message with their local cemeteries, as some do not have email addresses. 

Thank you.