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Burial Permit, Death Registration and Death Certificate

Burial Permit

Typically, funeral directors can assist with obtaining a burial permit. A burial permit is a required document and must be obtained prior to carrying out the burial/funeral arrangements or cremation.

Burial permits are acquired from the jurisdiction where the death occurred. For situations not involving the assistance of a funeral home/director, please contact the Clerk’s Division at 905-735-1700 ext. 2154.

Death Registration

A funeral director usually oversees the process of registering a death. To register an Ontario death, a completed Statement of Death and a Medical Certificate of Death or Coroner’s Warrant are submitted to the local municipal clerk’s office by the funeral director. The local municipal clerk’s office forwards the documents to the Office of the Registrar General (Province of Ontario) for completion of the registration process.

The Office of the Registrar General holds records for deaths that happened in Ontario during the past 70 years.  Older records are kept at the Archives of Ontario.

Death Certificate

The funeral director will issue copies of proof of death that you can use in certain situations. There are some organizations, however, that may require an official death certificate (legal record of death) from the Office of the Registrar General (Province of Ontario). Official death certificates can only be issued once a death has been registered.

The City of Welland does not hold death records. The Office of the Registrar General holds records for deaths that happened in Ontario during the past 70 years. To apply online, please visit the ServiceOntario website at www.serviceontario.ca.  To obtain a paper application, please visit the Office of the City Clerk, Welland City Hall, 60 East Main St. To obtain older records, please contact the Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard, Toronto, ON  M7A 2C5, 1-800-668-9933 or 416-327-1600.

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