What to do when someone passes away: obtaining benefits and closing accounts

Guidelines on what to do and who to contact about eligibility for benefits (insurance, pension and estate) and closing a deceased person’s government accounts, programs, services and benefits.

This guide provides the steps you need to take at the time of a person’s death.

Information includes:

  • cancelling benefits
  • eligibility for benefits (insurance, pension and estate)
  • cancelling identity cards
  • transferring or cancelling motor vehicle permits and certificates
  • cancelling services and financial contracts
  • cancelling memberships and virtual identities

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Author: Vital Statistics
Department: Service Nova Scotia