The Corporation of the Town of Oakville (town), in its capacity as a cemetery operator, has a responsibility to provide products and services to meet new and existing legislated obligations for interment or scattering rights holders, including the opportunity to transfer already purchased interment or scattering rights.
This procedure applies to all transfers of interment or scattering rights within the Town of Oakville Cemeteries, including: Bronte, Merton, Munn’s, Oakville/St. Mary’s, Palermo, St. Jude’s, Trafalgar Lawn and Wedgewood.
The purpose of this procedure is to provide a framework for transfers with respect to interment or scattering rights.
Purchasers of in-ground interment rights in respect of more than one in-ground lot shall be encouraged to deposit with the Town information regarding their personal representative, next of kin or heirs at law, however, such information shall be confirmed upon death of the interment rights holder(s).
Families shall be encouraged to transfer the rights of remaining lots upon the death of an interment or scattering rights holder.
Columbarium: an above ground structure designed for the purpose of placing cremated remains in a niche.
Lot: 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 or scattering rights holder: a person with rights with respect to a lot, niche or scattering right.
Niche: a compartment within the Columbarium used to contain cremated human remains.
Pre-need purchase: a purchase that has been made in advance of death.
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.
The Supervisor of Cemeteries & Environmental Services shall be responsible for the administration of and ensuring compliance with this procedure.
Procedure Number: MS-CEM-001-003
Parent Policy: MS-CEM-001
Section: Municipal Services
Sub-Section: Cemetery Services
Author: Parks & Open Space Department
Effective Date: 2008 Jul 07
Review by Date: 2022
Last Modified: 2017 May 01
Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, and Regulations
The Cemeteries By-Law
MS-CEM-001-002 Cemetery Operations – Payment Procedure