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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 

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

  1. Reply
    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.

        1. Reply
          Richard Martin - 1st June 2020

          Private piers often allow public access.

  2. Reply
    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?

    1. Reply
      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?

    1. Reply
      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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    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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