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Ontario Canada: the law on scattering cremation ashes

Good news, you are allowed to scatter ashes on Crown land in the Ontario area that is unoccupied – including those covered by water. Even better you don’t need a permit. Crown land includes provincial parks and conservation reserves, and the Great Lakes.

The Authorities ask that you carry out any ceremony an environmentally sensitive way and that if accompanying leaves or flowers that are necessary for religious rites, then these be kept to the minimum.

Individuals wishing to scatter cremated ashes on private land, or private land covered by water, must obtain the owner’s consent.

hwww.sse.gov.on.ca 

28 thoughts on “Ontario Canada: the law on scattering cremation ashes

  1. Reply
    Sue - 3rd November 2021

    We want to put some of our dad’s ashes at a municipal Ontario park. Is this allowed?

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    Bruce - 11th October 2021

    What does it mean when it says you can spread ashes on Crown land in the Ontario area “that is unoccupied”. What does “that is unoccupied” mean?

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      Richard Martin - 12th October 2021

      So I would say that would mean building in the vicinity – this is how would interrupt it. They use these terms so that people have consideration for others and ‘common sense’ but can mean it comes across as vague.

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    Archie - 4th October 2021

    Is it legal to scatter the ashes over the river Canadian side?

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      Richard Martin - 7th October 2021

      I think so but if any one over there in Canada could confirm if this is true – it would be appreciated.
      Regards
      Richard

  4. Reply
    Patti Trent - 2nd July 2021

    Is it legal to throw cremations in the garbage?

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 5th July 2021

      Hi Patti
      Possibly, I know people have put them down the drain before now.
      Regards
      Richard

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    Krystyna Marciniak - 23rd June 2021

    Where in Ontario, close to London, can I spread ashes of my Dearest Husband.

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    J Martin - 23rd May 2021

    I will be traveling from the USA to Lake Rideau to spread ashes. Can you tell me it is permitted at Rideau lakes, specifically, to spread ashes?

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      Richard Martin - 25th May 2021

      Hi there – I am afraid I don’t know, sorry. We are based in the UK.
      Best wishes for your search
      Richard

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    Rose Guderian - 18th April 2021

    Why is this site in UK and dealing with Canadian waters. You need to work on this site your links don’t work. Are you in busy?

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      Richard Martin - 19th April 2021

      That is a very good question Rose, I write about anywhere and everywhere that is interesting – just sharing knowledge. I did this post about eight or nine years ago. I have no idea why Google priorities me over a more local sites. Hopefully our Canadian cousins don’t find this offensive…!
      I will look at the links and point them in the right direction.
      Regards
      Richard

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    Scott - 19th May 2020

    Is it OK to Scatter someones Ashes off a Pier like for example the Oakville Pier???

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      Richard Martin - 21st May 2020

      Yes but if the pier is private, you would need to ask the owners.

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        Scott - 29th May 2020

        I don’t think the Oakville or Bronte pier is private cause people are aloud to walk out on it.

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          Richard Martin - 1st June 2020

          Private piers often allow public access.

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    Scott - 19th May 2020

    Can you scatter someones ashes off a Pier Like for example the Oakville Pier??

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 21st May 2020

      Yes but if the pier is private, you would need to ask the owners.

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    Jackie Marley - 17th March 2020

    Is it ok for someone to dump human ashes on your property? Without your knowledge?

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      Richard Martin - 20th March 2020

      Hi Jackie
      No it is not okay. They need your permission.
      Regards
      Richard

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    Christine - 12th March 2020

    Is a Toronto park considered crown land for the scattering of ashes? Specifically, along the Humber River, Magwood Park?

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      Richard Martin - 20th March 2020

      Hi Christine
      I am afraid I don’t know that level of detail – we are based in the UK.
      Kind regards
      Richard

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      Debbie - 13th March 2021

      Toronto Park, Green space or Waterfront is prohibited and you would NOT be allowed to scatter human ashes! Check the Burial and Cremation Services Act for the Province of Ontario. The Act Subsection 4 (3). I have seen remains scattered in Provincial Parks in Ontario.

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    Cheryl gallant - 5th February 2020

    I want to be cremated and put in a nice vase and given to my daughter to have in her home. Is this allowed

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 7th February 2020

      Hi Cheryl, yes it is.

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    Lois Todd - 16th January 2019

    Is it possible to keep a loved ones ashes at home?

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 18th January 2019

      Dear Lois
      If you are referring Ontario, then yes I believe so I have not read anything that prevents this.
      Kind regards
      Richard

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