Overview

In Ontario, you need a certificate approved by a coroner to legally cremate a body or ship a body outside of the province.

As of October 24, 2016, service providers are required to apply for these certificates online.

How to request a certificate

To request a certificate for cremation or a certificate to ship a body outside of Ontario, you must be a legal operator of a:

  • licenced funeral home
  • transfer service
  • crematorium

Families may also apply directly for cremation certificates. For more information, please visit the Office of the Chief Coroner.

You need a ServiceOntario account and ONe-key ID to log-in, complete and submit your request for a certificate. If you don’t have one, you can create an account when you request a certificate.

Before you request a certificate, make sure you have:

  • your individual/personal licence number (e.g. funeral director licence number)
  • the operating name of your business/organization
  • the operator licence number issued by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, which authorizes you to provide funeral/cremation services
  • the address and date of birth of the deceased provided on the Statement of Death form (Form 15) or by the family of the deceased
  • the name of the coroner who is on-call and available to review your certificate request
  • an electronic or scanned copy of the:
    • Medical certificate of death
    • Medical certificate of stillbirth
    • Non-Ontario Death certificate (this is the certificate of death issued by jurisdictions outside of Ontario)
    • Warrant to Bury the Body of a Deceased Person

Request a cremation certificate

Request out of province body shipment certificate

Contact us

If you need technical assistance requesting a certificate online, please contact ServiceOntario at:

For quick access choose options 5-3-1-0 when prompted

For program-specific inquiries about Cremation and Out-of-Province Body Shipment Certificates, please contact the Office of the Chief Coroner at: