Keeping Things Looking Nice...Forever
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services regulates Cemetery operations in Ontario. A Cemetery Act is in place and many of the regulations in The City of Brantford Cemetery Bylaw are legally required by the Act.
One of the roles of the Ministry is to protect you - the consumer. This includes making sure that the Cemeteries are well maintained for your family members. This is a long-term commitment and you need to know that the money will be there in decades to come.
To ensure that money will be available in the future, the law states that the owner of a Cemetery must have two Care and Maintenance Funds. A portion of the money that you pay is put into the Care and Maintenance Trust Funds. Only the interest that is made by investing the fund's money can be used to maintain the Cemetery over the years.
1. Care and Maintenance (General Fund)
The investment income from this fund is used for the general upkeep and maintenance of the Cemetery and lots. The minimum amount that must be put into the trust fund is legislated by the Cemetery Act and is also shown on the Cemetery Schedule of Rates and Fees. The amount is part of what you pay when you purchase your interment rights (right to use a lot for burial).
2. Care and Maintenance Fund (Markers)
The investment income from this trust fund is used to maintain the safety of markers and monuments in the Cemetery. Again, the Act and the Cemetery Schedule of Rates and fees lists the minimum amount that must be collected and deposited into the fund. This fee is paid when a marker or monument is purchased.