Proposal

Regulating Alkaline Hydrolysis and Other Alternative Methods of Disposing of Human Remains under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002: Consultation Paper

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 30/11
Bill or Act:
Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services would like to hear your views on effective ways to regulate alkaline hydrolysis and other emerging alternative technologies (e.g., composting) for disposing of human remains.

We invite you to review the attached consultation paper and submit your comments no later than August 4, 2020.

Bereavement service providers have indicated that, over the last decade, they have increasingly been receiving requests from consumers for alternatives to traditional cemetery and crematorium services, namely burial and flame-based cremation, for disposing of human remains.

Currently, alternative methods of disposing of human remains, such as alkaline hydrolysis, and their providers, are regulated under the provisions of the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 that deal with crematoriums, cremation and crematorium services, with necessary modifications. These modifications include terms and conditions imposed on a licence by the Registrar of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.

The ministry is reviewing the adequacy of this approach to regulating emerging technologies and their providers and considering whether any changes are needed under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 to address these new developments.

Your advice is important. All input is welcomed and appreciated. All comments received may be used to inform recommendations for potential legislative and regulatory changes. This may involve disclosing some or all comments or materials received, or summaries of them, to other interested parties during and after the consultation. The collection, use and disclosure of information is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please see the consultation paper for more information about the collection, use and disclosure of information related to this posting.

You may send us your comments by email to bereavement@ontario.ca or by mail to:

Alternative Methods of Disposition (FBCSA) Consultation
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Policy, Planning and Oversight Division
56 Wellesley Street West, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON, M7A 1C1
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
20-MGCS004
Posting Date:
March 3, 2020
Comments Due Date:
August 4, 2020
Contact Address:
Alternative Methods of Disposition (FBCSA) Consultation
Consumer Policy and Liaison Branch
Policy, Planning and Oversight Division
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
56 Wellesley Street W, 6th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1C1
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