Cemetery and Cemetery Sales Licence

Apply for a Cemetery and Cemetery Sales Licence. You need the licence if your company sells cemetery lots or cemetery lots and pre-need cemetery plans.

By law, you must have a Cemetery and Cemetery Sales Licence if you’re a for-profit company that sells cemetery lots or cemetery lots and pre-need cemetery plans.

Licence exemptions

You don’t need the Cemetery and Cemetery Sales Licence if you’re a:

  • city, incorporated town, municipal or county cemetery
  • church cemetery
  • non-profit cemetery containing less than 1,500 lots

Surety bond

You need to have a surety bond in the amount of $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the amount of pre-arranged funeral plans sold.

Number of plans Bond amount
1 to 30 plans $5,000
31 to 60 plans $10,000
61 to 90 plans $15,000
91 or more plans $20,000


Your cemetery needs to operate for profit and have more than 1,500 lots.

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Include payment with your application.
  4. Send your completed application, supporting documents and payment by mail or fax.

How long it takes

It should take 2 weeks to get the licence. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.


Activity Fee
Licence $66.00

Payment options

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cheque, money order. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Payment options may vary depending on how you apply.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • Registry of Joint Stock Companies number
  • name, address, position, and date of birth for you and any partners and officers
  • 3-year employment history for you and any partners and officers
  • name and address of the financial institution where your trust account is held

You also need to provide details if you or any partner, officer or director has:

  • had a licence refused, suspended or revoked
  • been involved in a personal or corporate bankruptcy
  • unpaid judgments outstanding
  • been convicted of an offence and not been pardoned

You need to provide additional supporting documents including:

  • original copy of surety bond
  • copy of the pre-paid funeral deposit trust agreement held at a Canadian bank, trust company, or credit union where the trust money will be held
  • samples of the pre-need purchase agreements for the sale of cemetery lots or cemetery goods and services
  • copy of the irrevocable perpetual care fund trust agreement
  • copy of the cemetery survey plan

Application form


You need to renew your Cemetery and Cemetery Sales Licence by 30 June each year. You should get a renewal package (including instructions and reporting requirements) in the mail before the renewal date. It’s your responsibility to renew on time.