Every death in Ontario must be confirmed by a medical doctor and registered with the government.
- To confirm a death, a doctor or medical examiner (also called a coroner) completes a Medical Certificate of Death and forwards it to a funeral home chosen by the family.
- To register a death, a family member and funeral director must complete a Statement of Death. The Statement of Death and Medical Certificate of Death are sent to the city clerk of the local municipality, where they are forwarded to the province.
Once a death is registered, a family member or authorized individual may apply for an official death certificate. In Ontario, a death certificate is required to settle an estate, for insurance purposes and to gain access to or terminate certain government services.
You can apply for a death certificate online or in person at Kingston City Hall.
For More Information
What to do When Someone Dies
Information on what to do when someone dies. Includes links to how to register the death of a person in Ontario and apply for a death certificate, why you need a death certificate, and information on bereavement groups.
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Information about the importance of making a will, what the will should include, making a will and the legal consequences of dying without a will.