The Corporation of the Town of Oakville · Policy MS-CEM-001

Cemetery Services

Policy Number:
MS-CEM-001
Section:
Municipal Services
Sub-Section:
Cemetery Services
Author:
Parks & Open Space Department
Authority:
Council
Effective Date:
2008 Jul 07
Review by Date:
2017
Replaces:
08-02-01, 08-02-02, 08-02-03
Last Modified:
2012 Apr 16

Policy Statement

The Parks & Open Space department, through the Cemetery Services section, is responsible for the operation and maintenance of municipally operated cemeteries, in accordance with the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, Regulations, and Municipal By-Laws that establish rules and regulations for Town of Oakville Cemeteries, and all applicable corporate policies and procedures.

Purpose

Municipalities are required by Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 and other Provincial Legislation to be responsible for cemeteries by first, ensuring that adequate space is set aside for such purposes; and second, that municipalities must assume ownership of and responsibility for a cemetery when it is abandoned.  Also, the Town of Oakville has a responsibility to provide products and services to meet new and existing legislated obligations for interment or scattering rights holders.

The Parks & Open Space department also plays a significant role in preserving our community’s history and heritage through the ongoing care and maintenance of the cemetery properties, including all markers, as a cultural resource.

The Parks & Open Space department is committed to fulfilling a need within the community, in a compassionate and sensitive manner, for quality cemetery services.

Scope

The Parks & Open Space department provides cemetery services which include, but are not limited to: offering available lot spaces; interment, placement, ennichement or scattering of deceased; installation of markers; and, care and maintenance of municipally operated cemetery grounds.  These services are provided through the Cemetery Services section.

Definitions

Columbarium – an above ground structure designed for the purpose of placing cremated remains in a niche.

Lot – means an area of land in a cemetery containing, or set aside to contain, human remains and includes a tomb, crypt or compartment in a mausoleum and a niche or compartment in a columbarium and any other similar facility or receptacle.

Interment – the burial of human remains and includes the placing of human remains in a lot.

Interment Rights – the right to require or direct the interment of human remains in a lot.

Interment Rights Holder – a person with Interment Rights with respect to a grave, niche or scattering right.

Niche – a compartment with the Columbarium used to contain cremated human remains.

Scattering Right – the right to require or direct the placement or scattering of human remains in the common burial ground designated in the Master Plan for the placement or scattering of cremated remains removed from a container.