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Death Certificates

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.

Death Certificates can be obtained online from the province (see For More Information links below).

Burial Permit

Burial permits are required for any disposition of remains, including cremation.

The city clerk of the local municipality will provide a burial permit for a fee upon receipt of the Statement of Death and Medical Certificate of Death. In Kingston, burial permits may be obtained in-person at City Hall by a family member or authorized individual — usually the funeral director.

Burial permits are required even if the burial and/or disposition of remains are to take place in another province. If the burial and/or disposition of remains is to take place within Ontario, but the death occurred in another province, then a burial, transit, or removal permit is required from that jurisdiction.

For More Information

Online Certificate Application: Birth, Marriage, Death — ServiceOntario
Apply online for birth, marriage, and death certificates and certified copies of birth, marriage, or death registration.

What to do When Someone Dies — ServiceOntario
Information on what to do when someone dies. Includes information such as: who to call first, organ and tissue donation, why you need a death certificate, wills and estates, dealing with the deceased’s finances, and who to notify for benefits or to cancel services. There are also links for registering a death and applying for a death certificate in Ontario, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Do I need a Will?
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. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

How to get a copy of an Ontario death certificate online
Detailed information about Ontario death certificate: how to obtain one, what they are, what they are required for, who can apply for them, and what the different kinds are (official, certified copies, extended long form, and historical) and the associated fees.

Birth & Death Registrations
Basic overview and information regarding birth and death registration. Includes an overview of the process, what is obtainable through the Clerks Department at City Hall and what documents and information is needed, as well as how and where to obtain birth certificates, death certificates, and burial permits. Also includes links to ServiceOntario.

Where can I find programs to help with grief and loss?
A list of groups who provide programs to help bereaved individuals and families.

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